A SIMPLE WAY TO SCREW UP COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEMS
Many of today's cars and light trucks are equipped with sophisticated systems designed to prevent collisions and there is a simple way to screw them up.
Traction Control Systems, Stability Control Systems, and Lane Assist Systems all have 3 things in common. They ALL rely on proper tires, brakes and alignments to perform correctly. All to often we see incorrect tires, cheap brakes or improper alignments on cars that have a negative impact on how the car handles and performs.
Car manufacturer's have specific recommendations for tire replacement, brake system service and wheel alignment settings. Here at Marlboro Tire and Automotive we are dedicated to protecting your automotive investment. We will always choose the correct tire type, size, load range, and speed rating for your car. Brake systems will always be serviced or repaired in accordance to the car makers recommendations. All, not just one or two, but all of the alignment angles will be set to factory specifications. This includes re-calibrating or re-setting those sophisticated collision avoidance systems when required.
- Maintain proper tire pressure in your tires -
Set the tire pressure according to the tire information placard found on the driver's side door frame or jamb. This simple step will improve fuel mileage, tire wear and provide the best stability and handling. We set the the air pressure on every car we service.
- Replace tires before they become a problem -
We see most tire related problems within the last 10% tread life. Avoid flat tires, vibrations, pulls and loss of traction. Replace those tires before they are completely worn out. Most quality tires will get 50,000 to 60,000 miles of use or 4 to 5 years based on average driving habits.
- Rotate and Balance your tires regularly -
We recommend at every other oil change.Tires wear through heavy spots in the tread causing the balancing to change. All tire rotations done here at Marlboro Tire include wheel balancing.
- Inspect the brake system regularly -
Hint: We do this automatically with every tire rotation.
- When servicing or replacing brakes, be sure to ask for original equipment parts or an equivalent part that meets all of the specs. Yep, they can cost more up front, but the correct part will save you money in the long run. Sadly, we have to fix a lot of $99.00 so called brake jobs.
- Inspect the alignment once a year -
A proper wheel alignment provides the best handling and stability. All alignment angles should be inspected once a year. Hint: those discount coupon or free alignment check ads are not checking everything.
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Brian is a third generation automotive service professional with 38 years of experience. His practical approach to auto repair has helped thousands of customers protect their automotive investment while saving them money.