Does your car battery have enough power to continually start your engine during cold weather? Oil gets thicker at low temperatures so it takes more amps to crank a cold engine when you try to start it. Stop into any Dunn Tire location for a FREE battery life check. We’ll give you a printout of the results. Call ahead to help minimize wait time.Top
This time of year, we tend to see extreme temperature drops. In fact, weather experts confirm another polar vortex is set to return this week with arctic blasts expected to hit everyone east of the Rockies. While we can bundle up with extra layers, our cars are left to fight the elements. Cold temperatures can immediately impact your tire pressure. Keep an eye for the symbol to the right – these are common alerts on your dashboard that help to keep you informed of your vehicle’s condition. If you see this indicator, you should take swift action to check and correct your tire’s air pressure.
The rule of thumb is for every 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature, your tire’s inflation pressure will change by about 1 psi (up with higher temperatures and down with lower). In other words, if it were 40 degrees yesterday and -2 degrees today, you may experience a 4-5 psi loss in tire pressure. This may be enough to activate your low air pressure light.
Low air pressure should not be taken lightly
Not only is driving around with low tire pressure dangerous, it can damage your tires. It puts added stress on the sidewall which may cause them to wear quicker. Your goal should be to drive safely and to extend the life of your tires by maintaining proper tire pressure. You should also check the air pressure of your spare tire – so it’s ready if you need it. As always, if you have questions – please contact the nearest Dunn Tire store.
As we welcome in a New Year, many people are focused on keeping resolutions that will improve or simplify their life for the months ahead. Perhaps the most obvious resolution is car care maintenance. Vehicles can run a long time with the proper care. A car built in the last decade has a good chance of running well up to 150,000 miles. People want to maximize their car investment and get a good return. In fact, according to an annual study by IHS Automotive “the average age of vehicles on U.S. roads has hit a plateau of about 11.4 years.” At the same time, the number of vehicles on the road reached a record level of almost 253 million.
Basic car maintenance includes oil changes, tire rotations, tire alignment, checking tire pressure and visually inspecting the tread depth for uneven wear or damage. Not only can this help minimize the likelihood of major repairs – it’s required to keep tire warranties valid.
As we discussed in a recent article, treadwear warranties on replacement tires are offered by most major tire manufacturers. The goal is to help protect consumers in the case of significant premature tire wear. To maintain the warranty policy, the consumer will need to prove that the tires were properly inflated, aligned and rotated. The interval most vehicle and tire makers recommend for tire rotation is every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Other vehicle repairs (or replacement parts) may include suspension or brakes as necessary to keep the tires functioning properly.
If the tires have been properly maintained, all four tires should wear uniformly at the same rate. If the worn appearance indicates the tires were not appropriately maintained, the tire manufacturer may not honor the treadwear warranty.
Vehicles that have routine scheduled maintenance last longer, are safer and have less incurred repair costs over time than vehicles that are not serviced regularly. Make your resolution to keep your car running at tip top shape with basic car care. Contact the nearest Dunn Tire for assistance.Top
One of the big factors in driving safely in winter is the condition of your tires. Driving on tires with little or no tread is not only dangerous, it can put your life at risk. The video below is a recent news segment from WKBW TV in Buffalo, NY. It shares some helpful information on preparing for winter driving.
If you have any question on winter driving or the condition/safety of your tires, please contact the nearest Dunn Tire store.
November 17, 2014 – Dunn Tire, a leading tire retailer based in Western New York, is announcing the opening of their new Buffalo store located at 2300 Delaware Ave. This newly constructed store will replace the Dunn Tire store that was located on Hertel Avenue.
This new Delaware Ave location features seven spacious service bays and all new equipment in each bay. The additional space allows for greater ability to take care of more customers in a very timely manner. Similar to Dunn Tire’s other retail stores; the new Buffalo location features free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee, a high definition television and a comfortable and spacious waiting area. Additionally, the new location offers walking convenience to customers for shopping at several nearby plazas.
“Our goal is to provide world-class customer service” said Patrick Logue, Managing Director of Retail Operations at Dunn Tire. “The first step in creating a positive customer experience is to establish a relaxed and inviting atmosphere in a modern facility. This is an impressive store and we are confident we will continue to deliver outstanding tire service to the Buffalo community. We invite all of our customers and new neighbors to stop in.”Top