According to the Tire Industry Association (TIA), routine maintenance of valve-stem mounted sensors should be performed every time a tire is repaired or replaced. This maintenance involves disassembling the sensor and replacing a few key components (gasket, valve core, valve nut and valve cap). This will help ensure a proper air tight seal and clean away any corrosion that may have built up between services. TPMS sensors are battery operated with a life range of 4-10 years. Once the battery has expired the whole sensor must be replaced. TPMS sensors are produced by several different manufacturers and may use different radio frequencies, so care must be taken to select the appropriate sensor for the specific vehicle being serviced.Top
Anyone who drives is most likely on the lookout for potholes. This time of year, the roads are just decimated with holes and cracks. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving on country roads, highways or city streets – no pavement is spared from winter’s fiery.
As you continue to drive over this terrain, your car can take a beating. Even if you do your best to slow down and swerve to avoid major potholes, your vehicle is likely to absorb a fair share of bumps. There is just too much road damage that accumulates over these long winters.
If you notice a change in your vehicle’s performance, don’t hesitate – stop into any Dunn Tire for our Peace of Mind inspection. We’ll check for signs of damage to your tires, brakes, suspension, alignment, balance, etc.
In some cases, you may be unaware that a problem exists, or you may keep postponing an appointment for a variety of reasons. Unnoticeable damage can lead to a variety of issues which reduce driving performance and jeopardize safety. You may find that your tires begin to wear unevenly or the vehicle develops handling problems that were not there before. That’s why it’s important to bring the vehicle in to be checked out as soon as possible, rather than putting it off. Procrastination may end up costing you more money in the long run.
In addition to having your vehicle checked out when there is a problem, routine maintenance can be your best ally. Having a trained technician inspect your suspension, alignment, wheels, and tires is invaluable. Taking the appropriate precautions can result in improved vehicle performance, handling, efficiency, and safety. Some of these minor adjustments can provide immeasurable benefits. Furthermore it gives you peace of mind.Top
Spring has sprung. After one of the coldest winters in history, spring is finally here. Warmer temperatures means it’s time to start thinking about changing your winter tires back over to your regular or all-season tires.
Please feel free to call or set up an appointment online. While you’re here remember we can service most of your vehicle needs including: oil change, alignment, NYS inspection and our 10 Point Piece of Mind Inspection to make sure your vehicle made it through winter safely.
Schedule Appointment online at: www.dunntire.com/appointments/request
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We are proud to again sponsor the 37th Annual Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run on Sunday, May 3rd in Syracuse, NY. This is a fantastic event and very demanding run. The 10 mile course passes through several beautiful parks as it challenges runners with its steep hills. Online registration is open.
The Mountain Goat Run is operated by the Mountain Goat Run Foundation, Inc., a non-profit company, with support from the City of Syracuse, The Syracuse Track Club, Fleet Feet Sports and many fine local, regional and national sponsors.
The Mountain Goat Run has experienced steady growth in participation, sponsorship and community interest. Last year over 3,600 people participated in one of the Mountain Goat Events.Top
So how do you know if you have a potential issue with your brakes? Below are a few things you should be aware of. If you experience any of the following, you should immediately make an appointment to have your brakes checked out.
High pitch squeal: If you hear a high pitch squeal when you apply the brakes – this is a sign your brake pads are wearing low. There’s a small metal shim, called an indicator, which is giving you an audible warning that you need to replace your brake pads. If you hear it this sound regularly – it’s time to stop in and have your brakes checked out.
Fading or lack of responsiveness: If your brakes don’t seem to have that “grip” they used to, or if the pedal “sinks” toward the floor when you apply a constant pressure, you could have a leak in your brake system. Either air is getting in, or brake fluid is getting out.
Pulling: When you get on the brakes, does your car “pull” to the left or right? Your brakes could be worn unevenly and in need of an adjustment.
Grinding or growling noises: When brake pads are completely worn out, the metal of the caliper will grind against the metal of your rotors. Not only is this extremely dangerous, as you have very little stopping power this way, but you are doing damage to your rotors. This may lead to additional repair costs.
Vibration: If your brake pedal has a vigorous vibration when applied, you may have warped brake rotors. Rotors can be warped from long periods of sustained, heavy braking, such as driving down a steep mountain or when towing. Keep in mind though; a vibration can also be caused by your car being out of alignment.
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of maintaining effective brakes and stopping power. For the reliability and safety of your automobile and passengers, these are issues that should not be ignored. If you are unsure about a noise or vibration coming from your vehicle, please stop in to have this situation checked out. We offer free visual inspections. The peace of mind alone is worth the visit. We always accept walk-ins, but encourage you to make an appointment to minimize wait time.Top