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If your vehicle is running hot, there could be a problem with your car’s heating system. Though you might not guess based on its name, the heating system actually plays an important role in keeping your engine from overheating. To determine whether or not there is an issue with one of the hoses, start your vehicle and let it warm up for 10 or 15 minutes to reach normal operating temperatures. Next, perform a visual inspection to look for signs of leaks. To learn more about checking your car’s heating system, check out this video from ExpertVillage.com.
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Having adequate tread depth on your car’s tires is essential for proper handling, braking, and highway safety. Riding on low tread will not only put your car at greater risk for tire blowouts and hydroplaning, but it will also increase the vehicle’s stopping distance and decrease its cornering abilities.
If you don’t have a tire pressure gauge, it’s easy to check the tread depth of your tires with a penny. Simply place a penny, head down, into the different grooves of the tires. If the tread is not covering Lincoln’s head at any point, it means you have less than 2/32 inches, which is the legally required minimum tire tread depth. As rain is common in Northern California during the wintertime, experts recommend replacing tires once they have reached 4/32 inches of remaining tread depth to avoid hydroplaning.
Come to Walt’s Danville Service, an auto repair shop in Sam Ramon with more than 40 years of experience maintaining and repairing a variety of vehicles. If you have any questions about your vehicle’s tires, call our auto repair experts today at (925) 394-7839. You can also contact us online if you have any questions about our services.
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Driving when it’s raining does not have to be a frightening experience. If you drive safely, you can greatly reduce your risk of a vehicle collision in the rain. Watch this video clip for tips that will keep you safe on wet roads.
First, inspect your tires and windshield to make sure that they are both suitable for driving in wet weather. Your tires should be inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended level, which is found on the driver’s side doorsill. The windshield wipers should be replaced annually, and whenever you see signs of wear. Always activate your headlights in the rain to make sure you can see and that other drivers can see you. Drive slowly to avoid hydroplaning, and leave at least three seconds in between you and the vehicle in front of you. For more rainy weather driving tips, watch this video.
To have your windshield wipers or tires inspected, come to Walt’s Danville Service today. We have offered high-quality, affordable auto maintenance and repair since 1970. Please call us at (925) 394-7839 or visit us online for more information about our auto repair and maintenance services.
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Breaking down while on the road isn’t something that any driver looks forward to, but it can and does happen. How you deal with a breakdown makes a big difference for both your own safety and the life of your car. At the first sign of car problems, pull off to the side of the road, if possible. You could damage your car if you attempt to drive it with a major mechanical problem. If you can’t get to the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights and stay in your car. You’ll find more tips for dealing with car problems—and avoiding them with proper auto maintenance—in this infographic from Walt’s Danville Service in San Ramon. For solutions to your car problems, trust our full-service auto repair shop. Breakdowns can happen to anyone, so please share this valuable advice with your family and friends.
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Rain is a regular sight during the wintertime in Northern California. Unfortunately, driving on wet roads significantly increases the frequency of collisions. To make sure that you are safe on the road this winter, follow these safety tips when driving in rainy weather.
Check Your Tires
Before leaving the house, make sure your tires are suitable for driving in rain. If your tires do not have sufficient tread depth, you are likely to hydroplane. Place a U.S. quarter head down into the grooves of your tires. If Washington’s head is not covered to some degree, the tires have less than 4/32 inches of tread depth, and need to be replaced to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
Drive slowly on wet roads, at least three seconds behind other vehicles, and stick to the middle lanes where there is usually less water on the road. Don’t drive behind trucks, as their large tires emit a spray that can obstruct your vision. It’s better to slow the car by removing your foot from the accelerator rather than applying the brake, because doing the latter may cause your vehicle to skid.
Properly Handle a Skid
Losing control of your car can be terrifying, but handling it properly will greatly reduce the chances of a collision. Using the brake and steering wheel very lightly can prevent most skids. If you find yourself in a skid, take your foot off of the gas pedal and slowly steer the car in the direction that you want the front of the car to go. If your car has anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply the brake pedal firmly. If your car does not have ABS, do not apply the brakes.
To have your tires and wiper blades checked or replaced by professional auto technicians, come to Walt’s Danville Service. Our auto repair shop wants to make sure you are safe on wet roads this winter. If you have any questions about having your car serviced, call our auto repair shop at (925) 394-7839 or visit us online.