4 Things About Tires You May Not Have Known

April 28th, 2016

Tires all look sort of the same…round and black…and people tend to think tires don’t change much over the years. That’s really not true, though – engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.

Here’s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:

  • Tall, skinny tires are coming back. If you’ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too – the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also redu ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101

Cars That Last 250,000 Miles or More

April 14th, 2016

If you’re old enough, you probably remember the cars from the late 70s and early 80s that weren’t good for much more than 120,000 miles before they started to develop real problems and were junkyard bound. Today, thanks to improvements in design, metallurgy, manufacturing techniques and machining, those days are over and it’s not at all unusual to see vehicles with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and still running strong.

Here’s a quick rundown of some vehicles to consider which have a track record of being good for 250k miles or more:

  • Toyota Corolla: Probably not a surprise to fans of Toyotas, the simple, no-frills Corolla hasn’t changed much since the early 00s…but Toyota’s approach to the tried-and-true Corolla ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

The Dealership Alternative

April 13th, 2016

The Dealership Alternative

Dealerships are a great place to be introduced to the car you love, but when it comes to caring for your new car – bring it to us!  There is a common misconception that you have to have your vehicle maintained or repaired by the dealership, but you have the right to choose where you take your vehicle! So, what makes Dekalb Tire a better choice than the dealership?

1. Under Warranty Maintenance Can Be Done Here

Did you know the only time you need to go back to the dealership is for under-warranty REPAIRS and for recalls? The law states that required maintenance for your vehicle does NOT have to be performed at the dealership. This means that you have freedom of choice when it comes to your required maintenance.  Because we are a qualified auto repair shop using quality parts that equal or exceed the manufacturer’s requirements, we can perform your ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Road Trip Checklist

April 2nd, 2016

Whether you plan to go for a day or for a weekend or longer, it's important to have your vehicle inspected before taking it on vacation. Getting your car checked out before you leave will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home. Here is a list of the top 10 things to check before hitting the road.

  1. Schedule a checkup with your neighborhood auto repair center.
    • Have any maintenance services performed - like getting your oil changed.
  2. Fluid Levels
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101