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How to Winterize Your Car in Davenport, IA

How to Winterize Your Car in Davenport, IA

With the transition to the winter season may be slow or abrupt, we need to start thinking about giving your car, SUV, or truck a winter makeover. While maintenance and automotive repairs need to be performed throughout the seasons, your vehicle needs a bit more attention during the harsh winter. Road conditions in Davenport, IA, can become very hazardous, making your car inoperative. It's essential to plan ahead so you don't end up stuck in a snowstorm. Our mechanics have compiled the following list of helpful tips and tricks to best prepare your vehicle for the cold weather.    Install Winter Tires - Winter tires have thicker and more appropriate tread, making it easy to grip the road in rainy, icy, or snowy conditions. If it snows a lot where you live, winter tires are a great investment to make. Besides tire changes, you need to keep up with your tire maintenance (pressure checks, tire rotations, etc.) Test Your Battery - Cold weather makes it more difficult for ... read more

How to Determine If You Need a New Timing Belt

How to Determine If You Need a New Timing Belt

Belts are one of the most undermined parts of the vehicle. However, if and when they start to show signs of wear and tear, they can majorly affect your car's drivability. Your car's timing belt, in specific, is an indispensable part of your engine. It is necessary to synchronize and manage the rotation of the engine's crankshaft and camshaft. Without this proper movement, the engine valves would not start and stop at precise times. This rubber belt has ribbed teeth to provide harmonious movements. If the timing is off or the timing belt is overall weak, it could be disastrous for your engine.   There are a few warning symptoms that symbolize that your timing belt needs a replacement. Here's what to be on the lookout for: A high-pitched sound emanating from the engine Visual signs of belt wear—cracks, glazing, and dirt & grime build-up Slow or sluggish engine starts, or overall incapable to start Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you change y ... read more

Flat Tire Prevention Tips

Flat Tire Prevention Tips

Experiencing a flat tire can be one of the most significant nuisances for any driver. Not only is it troublesome and requires repairs, but it also puts a stop to your entire day. If you ever encounter a flat tire, we want you to know that our team at River City Tire has your back! Our team will do everything to keep your costs low and get you back on track right away.   Signs of a Flat Tire Some flat tires are more pronounced than others, which is why it may take hours or days to notice them. On the other hand, your tire can also blow out, which is what it sounds like. Besides a deflated look, a flat tire has other noticeable symptoms (and side effects).  You may notice your vehicle handling feels off You may hear a loud sound or rumble You might feel vibrations or shakiness when picking up speed You may see poor tread You may see bulging or blistering spots on the affected tire Significantly low tire pressure As soon as you remark one or more of these warning traits ... read more

Fall Follage

Fall Follage

The beauty of Fall makes us all remember the days of running through the leaves, road trips to look at the beautiful colors of the season and getting ready to watch as little ones spook up for Halloween.  We tend to run through each day forgetting to take a moment to enjoy the beautiful sunrise or sunset we are blessed to receive.  We rush to work and forget to see the beauty of the Fall Colors, the smell of a fire, and the opportunity to spend the last few cool nights outside around a fire sharing stories or just take that brisk walk with a friend or loved one. Taking that moment to say "How was your day" and quietly listen . Fall is our gift before winter, before the chill of our Midwestern snow storms begin. So take that drive - drive to Scott County par, Duck Creek Park, Coralville Lake, Mississippi Palisades, and more.  Pack the cooler with some water, some snacks, the camera and make some memories.  Always remember to make sure those tires ... read more

Let’s get out and take a ROAD TRIP

Let’s get out and take a ROAD TRIP

Let’s get out and take a ROAD TRIP River City Tire wants you and your family to safely have fun and what better way than a great road trip. With great by-ways and highways take a day this fall and plan a day trip. Pack a lunch, pack some snacks, and pick a spot to go enjoy. Cities like Decorah, Iowa City, Solon, and more. Check out the website QCMoms part one and two for great spots to visit with your children like the Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton Iowa. Have that vehicle checked out before you go and sign up for our ROAD TRIP basket give away. A basket full of snacks, games, water, sanitizers and more will be given out each week in September. Let’s be safe both with your vehicle, your family, and COVID

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