Monthly Archives: June 2021

How do I know when I need New Tires?

How do I know when I need New Tires?

Two big deciding factors in determining when you need to replace your Tires is Tread Depth and Tire's Age. Tires that are 6 year old or older are past their Service Life. The Rubber can come apart or the Tire may Blow out. To check the age of your tire, find the DOT number on the side of the tire and find the last 4 digits of the Number. The first two represent the week the tire was built. The last two digits represent the year the Tire was Manufactured. So for example a (DOT AF WD9E 0517) this tire would have been manufactured in the 5 week of 2017. Even though the Tread Depth is above 3/32 a tire may need to be replaced just because of Age. The other Factor is Tread Depth. Every tire has a wear bar that designates 3/32. If the Tread is getting close to the Wear Bar it is time to be looking for New Tires. If you are having problems finding the wear bar you can use a Penny to check your Tread Depth. Put a penny in the Tread with Lincoln's dead down into the Tread. If you can se ... read more

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Your Summer Car Maintenance Checklist

Your Summer Car Maintenance Checklist

Summertime is upon us, and sometimes we can get carried away in all the fun. With longer days ahead of us, all we can think about is relaxing and getting our tan on. The last thing you should be thinking about is your car, right? We hate to break it to you, but the hot summer weather can take a toll on your vehicle. Don't panic, though - Stamps Auto Tire Pros has your back. We've compiled the ultimate car maintenance checklist to keep your car happy and running for the summer.   Inspect Belts & Hoses. The engine belt of a vehicle runs between the alternator, the fan, and several other components. Intense weather is brutal on your car's belts and hoses, so have them checked for fraying and cracking. Check Your Air-Conditioning System. Imagine driving in the Arizona heat without AC this summer. If the AC isn’t blowing cold air, has a mold or mildew smell, makes strange noises when turned on, or just isn’t as cold as it used to be, bring your vehicle in ... read more

Why is my Car Oil Black?

Why is my Car Oil Black?

Heat cycles from the engine will cause your Car's Engine Oil to Darken. The more Extreme Heat you drive in and the more frequent you have Heat Cycles, the quicker your Oil will Darken. A Heat Cycle is when the Engine starts cold, hits operating temperature and then cools  back down. Oil will turn darker over time due to Oxidation. Oxidation is when the Oxygen in the air interacts with the oil and causes it to chemically breakdown. Heat will speed up the process of Oxidation. Soot however will cause the oil to turn Black. Every modern Engine Diesel or Gas will produce Soot. Soot is a byproduct of incomplete Combustion. The longer you go between Oil Changes the more Soot you Oil has suspended in it. Soot is generally too small for your oil filter to filter out. If you accumulate too much Soot, the Soot will lump into larger groups and will cause Engine Wear. Some Oils Darken quicker than others due to the different Additives they have in them. So Color can be misleading. The onl ... read more

Why is my Car Air Conditioner not Blowing Cold Air?

Why is my Car Air Conditioner not Blowing Cold Air?

    When Temperatures climb to over 100 degrees, your Car's AC System works overtime. With your Car's AC system working to overcome that Arizona blazing Heat. You may experience less than Cold Air coming from your Vehicle's Vents. This sometimes is very simple to correct and sometimes it is very Expensive to Repair. Reduced Performance in the AC System may be from normal Wear and Tear. Or it can come from Damaged or Malfunctioning Parts. A Leak can develop from a Hose or a Component and cause your Freon to be Low. Running your AC System on a Low Charge will Damage the Compressor. It is important to have your AC System routinely checked for Performance. Having your AC System Checked will save you Money in the long run. When the Compressor runs with low Refrigerant it lacks Lubrication. The Lack of lubrication will Create Catastrophic damage to your AC System. The Reduced Performance can come from part of your Vents or Blower Motor. Some include a broken Blend Doo ... read more

What causes Struts to go Bad?

What causes Struts to go Bad?

  Struts are strong enough to take a lot of punishment. After tens of thousands of miles, your struts will wear out. The Struts are constantly going up and down as you drive down the Road.  The rougher the roads the Quicker the Struts will wear out. Some of the signs your Struts are Bad are Cupping going diagonal across the Tread of the Tire. When you Stop, your car Bounces more than once is also an indicator your Struts are Bad. You May also Feel every Bump in the Road or you can see that the Struts are Leaking Fluid. The Leading cause of Struts going bad is Wear. The design of a Strut is to go up and down only so many times before it will Fail. Most Strut were out at 50,000 miles. Some Struts Life will be Shortened by rough driving conditions. Other Causes for Struts to go Bad are manufacturing defects or Physical Damage. This Damage can come from an accident or from Road Debris.  If your Struts are Bad your Braking Distance will be much longer. You will Wear other St ... read more

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