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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

Why does my Car Brakes Shudder?

Why does my Car Brakes Shudder?

When your Rotors Become Warped. You will feel a Shudder when you apply your Brakes. Rotors become warped due to various reasons. Excessive heat is the primary cause of Brake Rotor Warpage. Heat can come from long term Braking down hill. It can also come from Failing Wheel and Brake Components.  Rusty, Dirty or Seized Brake Caliper Slides are some of the Failures that happen. Failing or the Wrong application Brake Pads can also cause excessive Heat. When the Brake Shudder starts to happen you will need to at least Machine the Rotors and Replace the Brake Pads. At This point make sure that you investigate the Original Cause of the Failure. Then Repair or Replace the Failed Part. The best thing to do is to bring in your Vehicle to Experience and Trained Brake Technician. They will be able to Diagnose your Brake Problem. They can then make Recommendations to make Sure the Failure does not happen again

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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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

Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

 Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

    Summer is here. During your daily commute you rely on your AC System to keep you Cool. Nothing is worse than sitting in Rush Hour Traffic with no Climate Control. The most common cause of your AC blowing Hot Air is that your AC System is Low on Refrigerant. Leaks develop due to the nature of the conditions that your Vehicle experiences. Vibration from Road Condition and Climate Conditions. Some AC Systems come with a UV Dye in the oil. If your AC System does not have Dye in it. The best way to find the leak is to have a Trained and Certified AC Professional add Dye to your AC System. Sometimes you can see the Oil Residue where the Leak is coming from. Other times an Electronic Leak Detector will find the Leak. Continuing to Run your AC System Low causes Damage to the Compressor and other AC Components.  This Damage may be bad enough that you will have to Replace your entire AC System. Other causes for your AC System to Blow Hot Air is a Restricted AC Condenser. If t ... read more