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    A Guide to Taking Care of Your Tires

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Tires are fairly resilient, but wear and tear can easily lead to compromised performance. This can be a major problem in inclement weather and a huge drain on your fuel economy. Fortunately, taking care of your tires is simple with these guidelines:

    Check the Pressure

    Be sure to check the tire pressure at least biannually during the coldest parts of the day, as heat will cause the pressure rise slightly. Be aware that most tires lose an average of one or two psi per month. If your tires are underinflated, be sure to fill them up according to the pressure posted in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb—not the maximum recommended pressure on the sidewall.

    Align & Rotate Your Tires

    It’s easy to forget about aligning and rotating your tires since they typically don’t cause immediate or major handling issues aside from a slight pull or vibration, but it’s one of the most common causes of uneven tread wear. Unless otherwise noted in the owner’s manual, it is generally recommended to have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles or with every oil change.

    Check for Signs of Uneven Wear

    Few people can simply eyeball an old tire and tell if it’s bald or not, but anyone can use a quarter to check the tread depth (make sure it reaches past Washington’s head). The way your tires wear can also tell you a lot about any hidden problems, so be sure to brush up on the signs of uneven tread wear and their causes.

    Our specialists at Walt’s Danville Service can help you with any automotive issue, from preventative maintenance to major repairs. With over 40 years of experience in the San Ramon Valley, we’ve built up our reputation by providing friendly and efficient auto repair services. To schedule an alignment or other service, contact us online or at (925) 394-7839 today.

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    What to Do After a Car Accident

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Immediately following a car accident, your first priority should be to ensure the safety of everyone involved and make sure there are no serious injuries. After checking everyone’s health, contact the authorities and medical professionals.

    You should always keep a few emergency supplies in your car such as a disposable camera and a set of warning triangles or road flares. Although the police report will cover the basic details of the crash, it is still prudent to take photos of the damage and surrounding road signs or hazards. Aside from exchanging insurance details, try to limit your discussion to the police and insurance agents.

    Following an accident, Walt’s Danville Service is here to make your life easier with reliable auto repair services. As a BBB-accredited auto repair shop in San Ramon, we have the experience to help you get back on the road quickly and cost-effectively. Just see what others have to say about our auto repair services in the San Ramon area and call (925) 394-7839 with any inquiries.

    Essential Tire Safety Tips

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Worn tires are a major safety issue, but they are also fairly easy to fix. Unfortunately, according to a recent study, more than two-thirds of drivers do not know how to correctly check tread wear. This video clip shows the difference between bald tires and new tires in real-world conditions and how you can check your tread wear.

    The average all-weather tire typically lasts for about 40,000 miles, depending on maintenance and individual driving habits. To check your tires, simply insert a quarter into the grooves and see if the tread reaches past Washington’s head—if not, it’s time to consider replacements.

    Walt’s Danville Service has been serving the Sam Ramon Valley area since 1970, and our team of ASE-certified auto repair specialists can help you keep your car safe and efficient. Learn more about our services online and call (925) 394-7839 today to request more information about us.

    Common Causes of Car Failure

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Car failure often boils down to poor maintenance, but it’s easy to put off regular service and overlook some of the components that can do the most damage to your car. Read on to learn what to look for and when it’s time to speak to your trusted auto mechanic:

    Tire Problems

    Tire problems are one of the most common car problems since most people tend to ignore them unless there is an obvious flat.  Tires are some of the most important safety features in your vehicle, so be sure to look for telltale signs of uneven tread wear signaling misalignment or underinflation. Tires can lose about one psi per month, so check the pressure regularly to avoid a blowout and boost your fuel economy.

    Fluid Leaks/Degradation

    There are a lot of moving parts in your vehicle, and various fluids provide necessary lubrication and cooling to keep everything running smoothly. Over time, these fluids can break down and build up solid particles, accelerating mechanical wear. Even minor leaks can quickly cripple your car and result in expensive auto repairs, so be sure to watch out for any signs of fluid leaks under your car.

    Dirty Filters

    Dirt is your car’s worst enemy, and while it probably won’t cause major damage if a bit gets under the hood, it can cause severe mechanical damage if it gets inside the engine or other powertrain components. The engine needs oxygen for combustion, and an air filter helps keep dirt out of the combustion chambers. Additionally, there are various other filters to keep particles out of the engine oil and transmission fluid. Change all of these according to manufacturer specifications.

    Whether you need a trusted auto mechanic for preventative maintenance or major repairs, Walt’s Danville Service is here to provide friendly customer service and honest repairs. As a BBB-accredited and ASE-certified auto repair shop in San Ramon, CA, we can provide fast and reliable auto service to help you get back on the road. Learn more about our auto repair services online or contact us at (925) 394-4092 to request more information.

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