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The Value of Pre-Purchase Inspections

The Value of Pre-Purchase Inspections

Most of us don’t jump into buying a house without prior research, consulting, and inspections. So, why should you shoot your shot by buying a pre-owned car? When buying a used vehicle, we advise that you should be especially careful. While the exterior may look spotless and have great paintwork, most people can’t detect minor issues under the hood or in other areas of the car. Fortunately, you can gain confidence by having a mechanic at River City Tire & Automotive who can work out whether your desired vehicle lives up to its expectations with a pre-purchase inspection.   A pre-purchase inspection is a comprehensive examination of both the exterior and interior of a used car that is for sale or waiting to be sold. If you have any of these questions or concerns with your dream car-to-be, consider having this service done: Is it structurally and mechanically safe? Is it economical to maintain? Are there any minor or hidden underlying problems with the car? Was ... read more

How to Monitor Tread Depth with a Penny

How to Monitor Tread Depth with a Penny

Tread depth is the key indicator of how to tell when you need new tires. Tires need to have enough tread to be able to grip the road safely or obtain proper traction. To stay on top of your tires, we recommend monitoring your tire tread regularly. An easy method to go about checking your tread depth is the penny test. The best part is that it takes minutes and minimal effort! The Penny Test When you get fresh, new tires, they typically have 10/32-11/32 of an inch of tread depth. Over time, the treads wear down. And once they get to 2/32 of an inch, it is deemed unsafe and illegal to drive. In fact, your vehicle will not pass state inspection if your treads are too worn.    To plan for your next tire replacement, please follow the procedures of the penny test. All you need is some spare change – of course. Position the penny with Lincoln’s head upside down. Place it onto the inner ridges of your car tire.  Get eye-level with the tire. If the head is cove ... read more

Top 5 Labor Day Holiday Driving Tips

Top 5 Labor Day Holiday Driving Tips

Did you know that Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest driving holidays? More often than not, friends and family gather together to use the Labor Day weekend as a final hurrah before summer ends. Whether you’re heading to a local park for a BBQ or to take a swim at the lake or beach, make sure you’re prepped and ready to get there safely.    With millions of drivers on the road at the same time, a lot can go wrong. Follow these tips below to avoid fender benders and other accidents: 1. Get a Pre-Trip Inspection The easiest, full-proof way to ensure safe travels is to get an inspection from an automotive professional. You can avoid the common problems on the road such as drained batteries, damage to belts and hoses, and flat tires. Our automotive technicians have your back, and we will check your tires, fluids, belts, hoses, brakes, and more to ensure your safety. 2. Bring an Emergency Kit Emergency kits are always excellent to have on hand. The essential ... read more

3 Reasons Why You Should Keep Up With Your Oil Changes

3 Reasons Why You Should Keep Up With Your Oil Changes

There is a long list of the different forms of automotive maintenance that drivers need to get in order to keep their vehicles running in good condition. If you don't want to end up broken down on the side of the road or have to get extensive and costly auto repairs, auto maintenance is your ticket to success. The number one most important (and usually most frequent) maintenance service are oil changes.    Oil changes are the key to a healthy engine. This fluid service may look different from car to car, depending on its automaker, model, age, and more. While most people will find it strange to have to keep spending money on a working car, neglecting oil changes is not the way to go. It can be a costly mistake. Below are the top three reasons why oil changes are SO crucial for your engine: Lubricates Engine Components Fresh and clean motor oil promotes good lubrication. Your engine has many moving parts that can engage in metal on metal contact if it weren’t for ... read more

Celebrate Brake Safety Awareness Month with River City Tire & Automotive!

Celebrate Brake Safety Awareness Month with River City Tire & Automotive!

August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, which makes this time the perfect occasion to stop by our auto repair shop for a thorough brake inspection. Although your brakes may seem like they are working fine, there are certain aspects that our professional mechanics can check to be sure.    Thickness of Brake Pads. Our mechanics can check to see how much your brake pads have worn down. Typically, if they are less than ¼ inch thick, it is wise to replace them.    Brake Fluid Levels. Brake fluid is vital to the functioning of the entire brake system. If the fluid is low, leaking, or smells burnt, you may need a brake fluid exchange.    Any Unusual Noises. In normal conditions, braking should be a soundless experience. If you hear squealing or grinding noises, it is a sign that you have worn brake pads.    Warning Light. Most vehicles have a special brake light that lights up when there is trouble with a primary or secondary braking syst ... read more

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