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Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in Schaumburg: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at Schaumburg Automedics

Taking care of our tires is an important part of car care for Schaumburg drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some important preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve gas mileage and extend the life of the tires, so it’s well worth the effort and expense for Schaumburg car owners to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.

The recommended tire pressure for a vehicle’s tires is printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s side doorjamb. A lot of engineering goes into calculating the correct pressure, so it’s a vital number for Schaumburg car owners to know. Not following this recommendation can throw off the suspension system and can lead to pricey tire damage. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly than properly inflated tires. Vehicles also get better traction, handling and gas mileage on properly inflated tires. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and add air if necessary.

Don’t be tempted to add a bit of extra air to your tires when you fill them. Overinflated tires will cause the center tread to wear unevenly because of improper contact with the road. It will also curtail the handling performance of your vehicle.

Rotating tires allows all four tires on a vehicle to wear evenly. Front tires get more wear than rear tires because they do most of the work on turns. Tire rotation allows all of the tires to spend time on the front of the car so they all experience the extra wear.

For most vehicles, tire rotation is simply a matter of moving the front tires to the rear and vice versa. Some vehicles, however, recommend a cross-rotational pattern. Other vehicles use asymmetrical tires, which means the right tires have to stay on the right side of the car and the left tires on the left. Some vehicles use differently sized wheels on the front and back of the car and should not have their tires rotated.

What kind of rotation do you need? Check your owner’s manual or talk to your friendly and honest Schaumburg Automedics tech. Your owner’s manual will have information about how to rotate your vehicle’s tires as well as letting you know how often you should get it done. For most vehicles, that’s usually every 5,000 miles. Your friendly and honest Schaumburg Automedics service professional can also offer auto advice about tire rotation. A quick tire inspection can also indicate whether or not your tires are due to be rotated.

When it comes to tire maintenance for Schaumburg car owners, wheel balancing is usually what we know least about. Balancing a wheel is necessary to keep it in constant contact with the road. If a tire is not balanced properly, it actually hops along the roadway. You can feel this hopping as a vibration in your steering wheel if the unbalanced tire is a front tire. You’ll feel the vibration through your seat if a rear tire is unbalance. Properly balancing your tires is vital and will extend their life span, improve handling and improve the safety of your vehicle. When you replace your tires, the new tires need to be balanced.

Never use different sized tires on the same axle of a vehicle. In other words, your front tires need to be the same size and your rear tires need to be the same size. Mixing sizes can lead to some serious handling problems for Schaumburg drivers.

If you have an all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle all four tires need to be the same size. If your tires are wearing out, you can sometimes make a new tire purchase fit within your budget by only buying two tires at a time. When you do this, the new tires should be installed on the rear of the vehicle. Rear tires are more in need of the traction than your front tires to avoid spinning out on slippery surfaces. If you drive a vehicle around Chicago, you need tires, so Schaumburg car owners need to know how to care for them. The safety of your sedan can depend on the condition of your tires.

Schaumburg Automedics Vehicle Maintenance Tips and Videos: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

When Schaumburg motorists need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get, and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control, and anti-lock brake systems.

If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions. Your friendly and honest Schaumburg Automedics tire professional can help you ascertain when your worn tires should be replaced, if you can have a damaged tire corrected as well as selecting the right tires for your needs.

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Schaumburg Automedics
847-352-2886
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193

Schaumburg Automedics News and Videos for Schaumburg: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

Schaumburg car owners know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.

Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect pricey components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever refrigerant is added.

An air conditioning examination will uncover any potential issues and identify any necessary repairs needed to get Schaumburg car owners on the road to cool air once again.

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Schaumburg Automedics
847-352-2886
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193

Vehicle Maintenance Videos by Schaumburg Automedics: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the automobile pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Schaumburg motorists that their wheels may be out of alignment.

When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor will check your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the automobile manufacturer’s settings.

Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around Schaumburg, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Schaumburg Automedics service professional carry out a critical alignment check.

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Schaumburg Automedics
847-352-2886
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193

The Schaumburg Automedics Auto Report: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining best tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. The service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prohibits the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise.

Your auto maker has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your auto might have. Your friendly and honest Schaumburg Automedics tech can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.

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Schaumburg Automedics
847-352-2886
503 Lunt Avenue
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193

 



 

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