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March 01, 2019 @ 12:00am

3 Tire Replacement Questions AnsweredOf all the crucial car parts out there, tires are some of the most misunderstood. A quick search on the internet reveals about twenty opinions about when to replace tires, how to replace tires and how to save money on tire replacement. Here are three of the biggest tire questions answered, so you can keep your family safe.

  1. Is it okay to replace just one tire? Sometimes, but be careful. If the three other tires on your car have very little wear on the tread—we’re talking 3/32 of an inch or so—you should be okay to replace one tire. But shop carefully. You might be tempted to use a discount tire supplier, but many of them aren’t methodical about cleaning the wheels or hubs, which could lead to tire failure. You should also be very careful to match your other tires as exactly as possible.
  2. I’m replacing two tires. I should put them on the front, right? This is a common misconception rooted in the idea that a front wheel drive car should have its “grippiest” tires up front. Especially with two-wheel drive cars, your tires may wear in such a way that you only want to replace two. When that happens, put the new tires on the back. Your rear tires are crucial in providing stability, and new tires in back will make it far easier for you to maintain control of your car in a dangerous situation.
  3. I drive a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle. I ca
December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://www.bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/default/new-years.jpgWhile many of us will use the New Year to make resolutions to try and drop some weight, drink more water or improve our diet, rarely do we think about our cars as part of our plans. Here’s three things you can do this year to not only get more out of your vehicle, but to reduce your stress as well.

1. Stick to your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance. That little sticker in the upper left of your windshield isn’t just there for decoration. Keeping up with your oil changes and routine maintenance ensures that your engine runs smoothly and your car is prepared to take the bumps and jolts of wintry roads. As an added bonus, routine maintenance often catches small problems in systems like your exhaust and suspension before they become big problems that can leave you stranded on the side of the road. If you have any questions about routine maintenance, or if you want to know whether that coolant flush or new air filter is necessary, we’re always happy to walk you through the answers.

2. A clean car in the winter means no rust in the summer. When we get one of those unseasonably warm days this winter, commit to getting your car washed. In addition to the constant freezing and thawing covering the roads with moisture, salt and brine from those plow trucks makes for a corrosive combination. Even small chips in your car’s paint can become rust spots if you don’t wash away the salt. Avoid getting your car w