Car Care Aware Tip #5 – How Old Are Your Tires?

and…Are your new tires really NEW TIRES? Determining the age of the tires BEFORE you buy them is a great idea! It is important to find out so you can protect your investment and the safety of you and your family. Tires over 6 years old can have dry rot from the inside out. Just because the tread looks great doesn’t mean they are in great condition. Check the age of all 4 tires. Even though they may LOOK THE SAME – there is a decent chance they are not the exact same age. If your current tires on your vehicle are 10 years old or older they should be replaced immediately. So how do I determine the age of my tires… Since 2000, the week and the year the tire was manufactured is provided by the last four digits of the DOT number. Each tire has a required Department of Transportation (DOT) number on the sidewall. First two letters of the DOT number tells who the tire ... read more

How to Make Your Car Tires Last Longer

Your car tires are an important part of your car, making it very important to ensure they are well maintained. Regular maintenance will significantly help to enhance the performance of your vehicle and minimize the risks of an accident. The question is, how do you make your car tires last longer? Here are some tips to help extend the life of your car tires. How to Make Your Car Tires Last Longer Implement proper driving habits Speeding and turning sharply can wear down your car tires faster. Avoid making fast turns or stops and make sure you evade potholes. Check uneven tire wear Tire wear is caused by several factors including uneven wheels and under/over inflation. You can avoid this by making sure that your car tires are properly inflated. Be sure to follow the car maker’s suggested tire pressure. Assess your tires on a regular basis to ensure there is enough tire pressure, especially if you often drive over long distances ... read more

Increase Tire Life with Rotation & Balancing

Tires do a lot of work. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such critical work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly expensive, you want them to last as long as possible. How to increase car tire life There are three keys to long, even tire wear: The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That’s especially true of front wheel drive vehicles whose front tires steer, and put the power to the road. SUVs and pick-ups, especially four-wheel drives, also tend to wear their tires more unevenly than cars because of their suspension and drive train set-up. You ... read more

Tips for Towing This Summer

If your summer plans include taking your boat to the lake, or hauling your camper for a family road trip, make sure you’re towing safely. Start with a little maintenance – not only on your vehicle but your trailer wires or trailer may need some maintenance too. Don’t wait until the car, kids and the coolers are loaded to find out something isn’t going to work! Start with… Cleaning the Connections As you clean your vehicle and hitch, make sure to clean all connections, check that all lights are working, and everything hooks tightly. If you have corrosion build up on the connector you can use Coca Cola to clean your connections… Just pour a little bit of coke onto any rusted or dirty buildup places and scrub away. If that doesn’t fix your connection problem you can give us call. Also make sure you have had your brakes checked before you hit the road. Gas Up Before Connecting It’s much easier to fuel up your towing vehicle before attaching your trailer. Make sure you fill up your tank ... read more

Towing Your Boat Or Camper

Summer’s here and all of us Midwesterners love nothing better than boating, camping and Civil War reenactments. Well, mostly the camping and the boating. Doing either will usually involve towing something behind your automobile. Towing is something that may seem scary but with some practice and common sense it can be done by even the most timid of drivers. Think safety when towing a boat or camper. Ideally, a truck or an SUV is the smart choice for towing that boat or camper. Even a compact pickup like a Ford Ranger is going to be better than just about any car. For heavier loads (say more than 4,000 pounds) a half-ton truck like a Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado will meet the needs of just about any of the trailer-towing basics. Some mini-vans can be a good choice as well. Your best bet is to check the manuals of anything your drive, anything you tow and whatever it sits on. It just makes sense. Towing beyond ... read more

The Basics of Using Your Horn | Horn Honking Etiquette

Beep, Beep, Beep. There you are sitting in the traffic jam when the musical chorus begins. Depending on your mood, you may join in. But, did you know there is actual “horn honking etiquette?” So honk carefully. The Basics of Horn Honking Let’s start with the what a horn does. A horn alerts people around you of something. You use your horn to get the attention of others. Unfortunately, often times people use the horn to get the wrong kind of attention. The Right Attention The first rule in horn honking etiquette is to use your horn for the right reasons. The horn’s first purpose should be used to get attention from people. For instance, if your brakes stop working and you need to get the attention of those around you, should definitely use your horn to make people aware of the seriousness of the situation. It is also acceptable to use your horn when you are getting another driv ... read more

Protecting Your Transmission

Your transmission, in most cases, is the second most expensive repair. But here is the good news. If you start with a well-built transmission, you can completely avoid this costly repair. Here’s how. Pay attention to any leaks and get them addresses promptly. Have the fluid level and CONDITION of fluid checked 3-4 times per year. Sallas Auto Repair checks the condition and levels of your fluids with every oil change. Be a better driver! Don’t bunny hop lights. Don’t tow past the vehicle’s capacity. Have a transmission flush completely every 30,000 miles. A transmission fluid change is not as efficient as a flush and can leave some old fluid and metal shavings in the system promoting damage

Buying a used car for Christmas

It’s the holiday season and malls and shops around town are packed with shoppers. However, did you know that now is actually a great time to buy a used car? Seriously! And especially for parents with teens out there – if your teenager is expecting keys under the Christmas tree this year, you may just be in luck! Inspect a Used Car Before you Buy It is always best to thoroughly check a car before you buy it – even if it is new. What we ultimately recommend is bringing it to our shop – either Sallas Auto in Kansas City, or Sallas in Overland Park. A car, just like a house, needs to have every nook and cranny investigated. Cars are a big purchase and if maintained properly, will last a long time. Here’s what recommend when evaluating a used car: Create a Checklist Creating a checklist is vital to being prepared and know ... read more

Transmission Service

Let’s talk about transmission service. It can be easy to forget about getting your transmission serviced because it doesn’t need it very often. It’s easy to remember to change the engine oil – you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper transmission servicing keeps your car running smoothly and helps you avoid costly repairs down the road. The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you see in used transmission fluid is actually bits of metal that wear off the gears in the transmission. In addition to that, the transmission operates at very high temperatures. Usually it’s 100 to 150 degrees higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and loose efficiency. As the fluid gets older, it gets gritty and doesn’t lubricate and cool the transmission as well – leading to even more wear. The fluid can actually get sludgy and plug up the maze of fluid pass ... read more

Make the Ultimate Car Kit for Road Trips

If you frequently take road trips, you know just how important it is to be prepared. A car kit can help one prepare for short-term and long-term travel. The ultimate car kit is designed to address the needs of a driver and his or her passengers while traveling. If you have yet to include one in your vehicle, you’ll want to start acquiring the car kit tools and supplies needed to road trip safely and conveniently. These items will make up your car kit. The Ultimate Car Kit Here are some of the items you’ll want to include in your ultimate car kit: A plastic container with a hinged or removable lid to house all your supplies. Toilet paper, napkins, and tissues in your car kit for emergencies. Baby wipes in your car kit to make clean-up easy. A flashlight so you’re able to see your car kit contents in the dark. A small first aid car kit complete with bandages, antiseptic wipes, and ointment. Pain reliever ... read more

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