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Why You Shouldn’t Miss a Tire Rotation

Some people think that rotating the tires on your vehicle is not worth the hassle. It raises a good question – why should you rotate your tires? Is it worth the hassle?

The fact is, if you are interested in saving money, tire rotations are definitely worth the hassle. Here’s why: tires wear out unevenly (front tires usually wear down faster than the rear tires). Rotating your tires means you are changing the positions of the tires, helping to keep all four tires wearing down at an even pace, which can give you thousands of extra miles on your set of tires. This means you will spend less money on purchasing new tires. It also leads to a smoother and safer ride. Most manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 6 – 8 thousand miles.

The easiest way is to bring your car over to Bargain Tire for a tire rotation service that is quick and affordable. However,  if you’d rather do it yourself, it’s a fairly simple process. Make sure you have all of the necessary equipment (e.g. wrench, jack, and jack stands) and feel confident with the process of changing a tire. Also be sure to use the proper rotation pattern (shown below), which depends on whether your tires are all the same size and non-directional.tire rotation pocatello idIf you have more questions about tire rotations, or if it is time to purchase new tires, come see us at Bargain Tire and we’ll get you the best deal in town!

 

 

5 Ways You Are Ruining Your Car

Running red lights or failing to check your blind spots aren’t the only things that will ruin your car. These bad driving habits will slowly ruin your car without you even realizing it. Here at Bargain Tire, we can fix your car no doubt – but wouldn’t it be better if it never broke down in the first place? You can start with these 5 ways you are ruining your car.

Bad Driving Habit #1: Sudden Starting & Stopping

Do you have ‘lead foot syndrome’? Are you constantly slamming hard on the brakes or the accelerator? If so, you should stop. This is a bad habit for a number of reasons. Not only does it waste gas (which doesn’t help the environment), but it puts unnecessary stress on your brakes, causing the brake pads to wear down faster. It is also dangerous for you and other drivers, so you’re more likely to end up in an accident. Unless you have to, avoid hard stops or starts.

 

Bad Driving Habit #2: Riding the Brakes

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When you are driving down a hill, you may find yourself leaving your foot on the brake to prevent acceleration. Although you do this out of a desire to drive slow and safe, this is actually pretty bad for your brakes. The high amount of friction turns into heat and can lead to overheating and brake failure. The alternative is to put your vehicle into a lower gear that only requires you to brake occasionally.  The lower gear will create engine braking and take stress off your brakes.

Bad Driving Habit #3: Riding the Clutch

If you drive a manual transmission car, this one is for you. It’s very important that you don’t ride the clutch. Even small amounts of pressure on the clutch pedal can activate the hydraulics and pull the pressure plate away from the flywheel slightly. This leads to unnecessary friction and heat, resulting in premature damage. Whether you are stopped at a red light or cruising down the highway, don’t leave your foot on the clutch!

Bad Driving Habit #4: Resting Your Hand on the Shift Lever

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You probably do this one without even thinking. Or maybe it makes you feel like you are in Fast and Furious. Either way, leaving your hand on the shifter puts pressure on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizers. If you pay close attention, you will feel a vibration in the shift lever when you do this, which is a sign that you are ruining your transmission.

Bad Driving Habit #5: Neglecting to Use the Parking Brake

Super steep hills are not the only places where you should use your parking brake. You are better off to use your parking brake every time you park your vehicle. Without the parking brake, all of the vehicle’s weight rests on a small piece of metal known as the parking pawl. The parking pawl and brake system of your car will last much longer if you use your parking brake!

It’s a new year, and no better time to get rid of bad habits! We hope that these driving habits will help you get the most out of your vehicle! Come see us at Bargain Tire for all of your automotive and tire needs in the Chubbuck, Idaho area!

 

The Bargain Tire App

In a world dominated by technology, we now have a way for you to quickly and easily find new tires, schedule an appointment, and connect with Bargain Tire. Introducing the Bargain Tire app: a revolutionary new app that makes it easier than ever before for you to get the vehicle help you need, spend less time in the shop, and more time living life.

After downloading this free app for Apple on the App Store or for Android on Google Play, you can create a personal account with your information, including your vehicle’s year, make and model. With your personal account you can quickly and easily find the right tires for your vehicle, get notifications on your vehicle’s status when it’s in our shop, receive exclusive deals and promotions, and schedule appointments.

Also, with the Bargain Tire app you can call Roadside Assistance or the Warranty Hotline at the touch of a button. This will give you peace of mind for the unexpected problems you may encounter on the road.

Bargain Tire is your one-stop-shop for tires and vehicle repairs. Located conveniently in Chubbuck, Idaho, we are committed to providing friendly customer service and professional service. Download the app or give us a call today!

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Do My Windshield Wipers Need To Be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are essential to your safety in unfavorable weather. According to the Federal Highway Administration, impaired visibility is a leading factor in 46% of fatal car accidents. Having windshield wipers that don’t function properly is an easy way to impair your vision on the road. In the US there are 3400 weather-related car accidents every day. It is extremely important that you know when your windshield wipers need to be replaced.

It is recommended that you replace your windshield wipers about every 6 months, although, depending on where you live and the type of wiper blades you have, you may need to replace them more or less frequently. The easiest way to know if it is time to replace your windshield wipers? Are you able to see clearly out your windshield when it is raining? If so, double-check for these additional warning signs:

  • do my windshield wipers need to be replacedCracks or breaks in the rubber
  • Bent frames/blades
  • Consistent film of grime on windshield
  • Squeaking noises while operating
  • Streaks on windshield
  • Imperfections in wiping pattern
  • Season changes (here in Idaho it’s a good idea to install winter blades during the cold months)

Windshield wipers are incredibly important, yet they are rather easy to replace. But, if you aren’t the hands-on type and would rather have a professional install your windshield wipers to ensure it is done correctly, come on over to Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, Idaho. One of our technicians will install new premium blades and get you back safely on the road in a matter of minutes. To learn more about our selection of windshield wipers give us a call today!

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Pre-Trip Checklist

With summer here, you probably have some trips planned with your family! Since we all know there’s nothing worse than arriving to your destination and then realizing you forgot something back home, here’s a checklist that you can go through before leaving to help you be prepared to go have some fun.

  1. Place stop order on mail/newspaper.
  2. Find a house/pet sitter.
  3. Pay bills.
  4. Turn off lights or set light timers.
  5. Unplug electronics.
  6. Turn off water and gas.
  7. Close and lock windows.
  8. Take out trash.
  9. Throw out any food that will expire.
  10. Take out cash at ATM.
  11. Refill prescriptions.
  12. Confirm hotel reservations.
  13. Confirm flight/train/bus reservations.
  14. Make sure each person has packed clothing, underwear, socks, shoes, and toothbrush.
  15. Have snacks and games for the road.
  16. Take your car in to Bargain Tire to check the fluids, alignment, air pressure, brakes, battery, and make sure your car is ready for the road!

The more prepared you are, the smoother your trip will go. Have fun, be safe, and remember Bargain Tire is here for all of your auto needs in the Chubbuck, Idaho area!

In-Depth Look: Air Filters

Whether you’re a mechanic or you don’t have the faintest clue how your car works, you’ve heard of engine air filters. You’ve probably be advised to replace it a time or two.

So what is an air filter? What is its actual purpose?

What is it?

An engine air filter is an essential element of your car engine delivering maximum performance. It keeps unwanted particles and contaminants out of the combustion chambers.

What does it do?

Your vehicle pulls air into the engine to be able to combust and create movement. The air comes through the vehicle’s air box where the air filter sits. The air then passes through the pleated material of the filter.

This filtration keeps the engine clean and running smoothly. Unfortunately, when the filter gets clogged up, it keeps  proper air flow from entering the engine and decreases performance.

A clean air filter can increase your acceleration up to 11%.

Should I replace it?

A certified mechanic can tell you when your air filter needs to be replaced. However, there are signs and symptoms you might notice too. If you notice a decrease in acceleration, a rough engine start, or a check engine light engaging then you should bring your vehicle in to get it checked.

It is generally recommended that you replace it every 15,000-30,000 miles. If you drive on a lot of dirt roads, you’ll probably want to gravitate toward replacing in the earlier part of that range.

If a bad filter isn’t replaced in a timely manner, then you’re engine will have to work that much harder and may not last as long. Sometimes filters can get so clogged that they finally tear and let in contaminants into the engine itself, causing irreparable damage.

Who should replace it?

You can always trust the friendly staff at Bargain Tire. We have a lot of experience under one roof and can see that you’re taken care of in an honest manner. Let us be your go-to for the maintenance work that your vehicle needs.

 

The Basics of Tire Alignments

tire alignmentIn the simplest of terms, tires that are properly aligned are pointing in the right direction. That said, the most obvious way to know if your tires need to be aligned is if your vehicle pulls to the left or to the right.

Your tires may become unaligned due to many different causes. The most common cause is hitting potholes, the curb, or some other hard thing.

In addition to being annoying to have to hold the steering wheel to the left in order to drive your vehicle straight, it is also important to have your tires aligned in order to preserve the life of your tires. Your tires will wear down much quicker if they are not properly aligned.

However, whether your car is driving straight or not, you may still need your tires aligned. The alignments are performed with equipment that measures to a fraction of an inch. Sometimes the need for an alignment can’t be seen by the human eye. You will typically be safe to have your tire alignment checked annually.

When you bring your vehicle over to Bargain Tire for an alignment, we will set the camber (inward or outward tilt of the wheels when looking head on), the caster (wheel tilt front or back looking from the side), and the toe (looking down at the wheels from above). We will also set the tire pressure to the manufacturer’s specifications. And with our 6-month/6,000 mile guarantee, you will know that you are getting your money’s worth.

For years, Bargain Tire has been Idaho’s trusted tire and automotive shop. Call or visit us online to schedule an appointment today!

Winter/Snow Tires Vs. All Season Tires

As winter begins it is important to understand which variety of tire will keep you and your loved ones safe. The first thing to consider is what the region is like where you live:

If where you live sees occasional flurries of snow and infrequent ice on the roads, an all weather tire will be your answer. If you deal with excessive snow all winter long, and constant ice and slush on your roads then a winter tire will be best. Here are some of the reasons why, and benefits of each:

All Season Tires:

  • Tread on all season tires has less depth and pronounced features (less aggressive)
  • This tread provides more comfort and a quieter driving experience, but will exhibit less traction in snow and ice
  • Tires will last longer in year round use and the ware will be more evenly distributed
  • All season tires offer a low rolling resistance, so they can produce a higher fuel efficiency
  • A harder rubber is used in all season tires, so it can adapt to all temperatures, but in icy conditions it can harden and reduce handling

Winter Tires:

  • Aggressive tread is especially designed to block snow build up and add traction in inclement weather
  • Rubber stays malleable against cold asphalt to maintain handling and control
  • Tread is engineered with snow and ice with a better biting edge for wet and snow covered roads
  • Winter tires provide the driver more control and confidence in potentially dangerous situations
  • Stopping time is significantly improved compared to all season tires

It is important to note, that winter tires should not be used in the summer as the soft rubber designed for snow will wear very quickly and will not handle well in heat.

When Do Your Brakes Need Maintenance?

Brakes undebrake maintenance and repair service rgo regular wear with age and eventually have to be replaced. How fast they wear out depends on a number of factors including driving habits, the quality of the brake pads, and vehicle type. While annual brake system inspections are vital to ensuring your safety, there are occasional warning signs between check-ups that might mean your brakes need attention.

Remember that it’s very important to replace your brakes before they get too far gone. Metal-to-metal braking without braking pads can lead to expensive fixes on your vehicle.

Here are some of the warning signs that you should have your brakes looked at:

  • Brake Light: the red brake light lights up on your vehicle’s dashboard.
  • ABS Light: The automated braking system light is constantly lit up on the dashboard.
  • Low Pedal: brake pedal gets very low before it actually starts engaging.
  • Hard Pedal: you have to push the pedal really hard to make it move so that the brakes can engage.
  • Grabbing: brakes grab almost too hard and fast at the slightest touch to the pedal.
  • Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
  • Noise: screeching or grinding noises when applying brakes.
  • Vibration: brake pedal excessively vibrates, even under normal braking conditions.

If you experience any of these things, talk to a brake inspection professional as quickly as possible. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your vehicle.

Keep in mind that Bargain Tire offers complete brake system inspections and repairs for very affordable prices! Let us be your resource to diagnosing your brake problems. 

The Choice Between Regular and Synthetic Oil

bargain tire oil changeWhen you walk in to get your oil changed, you will be asked the question: Would you like synthetic or regular? You might be able to guess that synthetic oil is higher quality due to it’s higher price, but you may not know exactly why. In order to make the decision that is right for you and your vehicle, let’s break it down.

What is it?

Regular, or conventional, oil is created from crude oil, and that is pretty much the end of the story. Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is regular oil that undergoes further modifications which remove many of the impurities that are found in the crude oil and improve its protective and lubricant properties.

Lubrication

Your car engine has lots of moving parts. In order to keep the parts moving fluidly, motor oil is used to create a slippery coating of lubrication. Synthetic oils have a greater ability to keep the parts slick, especially at higher temperatures. Better lubrication means less wear and tear on your engine, which could extend the life of the engine.

Cleaning

Another purpose of motor oil is to clean your engine of debris. Regular oil sometimes forms sludge which can be harmful for your engine. Synthetic oil, with its fewer impurities, is better able to work without forming sludge, also increasing the life of your engine.

Oil Changes

Any type of oil will eventually break down and become less effective. That is why you should regularly have your motor oil changed. The benefit of synthetic oil is that it can last as much as three times longer than regular oil before breaking down. So despite being more expensive, it will get you further down the road than conventional oil.

It is easy to see that synthetic oil is superior in many ways. However, regular oil will get the job done and is a good option as well. The most important thing to remember when it comes to caring for your car is to follow the recommendations from your vehicle’s manufacturer.

Rather than stressing about changing your oil, just bring your car on over to the nearest Bargain Tire. We will ensure that your vehicle has the oil it needs so that your engine will keep getting you where you need to be, when you need to be there! Schedule an appointment today!