Yearly Archives: 2021

Why Do My Vehicle Lights Keep Going Dim?

Why Do My Vehicle Lights Keep Going Dim?

We may not have to rely on our vehicle lights during the day, but it is crucial to have them on when driving at night. Whenever our headlights grow faint or even flicker in an unusual way, it could dangerously impair our visibility. Nevertheless, others on the road may have a hard time seeing you too! Various problems can arise if your vehicle's lights start to malfunction. You can usually trace dim lights back to three problem areas: battery, alternator, and ground wires. Battery  The first electrical component that you will probably think of first to check is the battery. Just like any other car part, your battery needs a replacement after lots of wear. An old or defective vehicle battery could be at the root of your dimmed lights. The most reliable way to test your battery is to have one of our professional techs do it. At Stamps Auto Tire Pros, we have all the necessary equipment and tools to test your battery in a swift. Alternator If your battery seems to be okay, th ... read more

Why do my Car Brakes Squeak?

Why do my Car Brakes Squeak?

    Why do my Car Brakes Squeak?   There are many causes for Brake Squeak. Most Brake Pads are made to have a tell tale Squeak Tab that makes contact with the Rotor when the Pads become thin. This is to let the driver know to Take in in For your Free Brake Inspection at Stamps Auto Tire Pros. If you continue to Drive after you hear Abnormal Sounds or Squeaks when you Apply your Brakes. You will do more Costly Damage to Your Braking System. You may lose your ability to Stop.  Other Causes of Brake Squeak are when the brake pad picks up dust and or small Rocks. They can become embedded in the Brake Pad. This Rock or Dust will Cause a Squeak. The wrong or Cheap Brake Pad will also make noise if you have a discount Brake Job done. This is very important to Have the Correct Brake Pad installed for your Year, Make and Model. There are many different Qualities of Brake Pads out on the Market. Some have Metal particles in them to help increase the Friction that the Brake ... read more

Maintain Your Vehicle with a Good Ole Tune-Up

Maintain Your Vehicle with a Good Ole Tune-Up

A regular tune-up is an ideal service to help maintain your car! If you want a long-lasting car or improved gas mileage, a tune-up is your best bet at achieving those goals. Our A.S.E. certified technicians at Stamps Auto Tire Pros have extensive experience tuning vehicles of various makes and models. You may wonder what even is a tune-up and how it can really help your car. Most technicians will argue that a tune-up is just as important as an oil change.    A TUNE-UP AT STAMPS AUTO TIRE PROS MAY INCLUDE: Replacing gas filters Replacing air filters. Inspecting or swapping out PCV valves. Fuel induction service. Restoring oxygen sensor. Examining distributor cap. Replacing spark plugs and wires. Inspecting and exchanging fluids. Making sure belts and hoses are intact. BENEFITS OF A TUNE-UP: It can prolong the life of your automobile. Helps improve your fuel economy. Reduce the cost of repairs. Enhance engine performance. Help prevent major breakdowns on the roa ... read more

What Load Range Tire do I need?

What Load Range Tire do I need?

  Every Tire made has a Load Range or Ply Rating. The Ply Rating comes from the original way Bias Tires were made. The Plys were cotton fiber layers. The more Cotton Layers the more Load carrying capacity they had. This is no longer ture with the modern Radial Tire. They are made with fewer Layers of material that are much stronger. Tire Manufacturers still use Ply Rating to designate the load the Tire can carry. The Tire Manufacture uses Load Range as well as ply rating. These Load Ranges use alphabetical designation. B load rating is a Standard load or 4 ply Rating. C Load Range is a 6 Ply Rating. E Load Range is a 10 Ply Rating. These Load Ratings will be visible on the Sidewall of the Tire. As well will be the Maximum Cold Tire Pressure. Passenger Tires have three different load ranges and can be a 2 or 4 Ply Tire. They will also have the designation of LL for Light Load, SL for Standard Load and XL ro RF for Extra Load. Make sure you look at the Tire Door Placard that is on t ... read more

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Are Six Year Old Tires Safe?

Are Six Year Old Tires Safe?

Tread Depth was the standard for Tire Life. When the Tire Tread was Low then you needed New Tires. Today, Tires are mostly made of Rubber. Rubber starts to Degrade as soon as the Tire is Manufactured. At about 5 years the Rubber in the Tire Degrades at a faster Rate. Even if  you Store the Tire in a Temperature controlled Room, the Tire is Degrading. Make sure you check the Age of brand new Tires. Heat, Cold, Sun and Ice can increase the Degrading Process. Most Car and Tire Manufacturers recommend replacing Tires every 6 Years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that an average of 90 people are killed and 3,200 are injured in the US every year in Crashes involving Old Tires. In 2013, Paul Walker was killed while Driving a Porsche Carrera GT with 9-year-old Tires.  These 9 year Old Tires  compromised their Drivability and Handling characteristics. Stamps Auto Tire Pros recommends maintaining the proper air pressure in your tires. We can also check ... read more