What Should I Do During A Tire Blowout?

Perhaps one of the most nerve racking things to happen while driving, other than an accident, is a tire blowout. There are a few “to do” and “not do” items that will help you stay calm and maneuver your vehicle to safety.

Let’s start with the two things you should NOT do during a tire blowout:

  • Do not step on the brake. Applying the brakes will cause greater imbalance on the vehicle’s stability.
  • Do not abruptly remove your foot from the accelerator. The quick release of the accelerator will cause the vehicle to transfer its weight from the rear tires to the front tires. This can lead to loss of control of the vehicle.

Now that you know what not to do let’s focus on the three things you SHOULD do in case of a blowout:

  • Gradually release the accelerator.
  • Gradually correct the steering of the vehicle to stabilize your vehicle and regain control. Steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go.
  • Once you have stabilized the vehicle continue to slow down and pull off to the nearest, safest location.

These do’s and don’ts apply for both front and back tire blowouts. The only difference between the two is what you feel in the vehicle; for a front blowout you will feel it more in your vehicle’s steering, in a rear blowout you will feel in more in the seat and body of the vehicle.

Knowing the right way to handle a blow-out will help keep you safe on the roads.  Stay safe and contact your local Best-One® with any questions you might have.

By John Miller,  Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

 

*Information in this article is from www.safetire.gov

What Is The Best Way To Rotate My Tires?

When done at the recommended intervals, rotating your vehicle’s tires can prolong balance handling and traction and even out tire wear. Tire rotation can even provide performance advantages!

General driving and wear reduces a tire’s tread depth. Ensuring all of your vehicle’s tires to wear evenly is crucial because it allows the tires to respond to the driver’s input more quickly, which maintains the handling capabilities and increases the tire’s cornering traction. If tires are not rotated properly and often enough your risk for uneven wear increases, thus decreasing the life of your tires. Additionally, many front wheel drive vehicles will wear tires much faster on the front than on the rear, and regular rotations will keep all 4 much similar in tread depths.

For typical rotating patterns when tires are the same size and type, check out this guide:

Visit your local Best-One for all your tire and rotation needs. Want more information on rotation? Visit our Expert Panel.


By Jim Channel, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

I Noticed Oil On My Garage Floor — What Should I Do?

What do you do if you go out in the morning to find that your car has leaked oil on your garage floor? This could be an indication of a small problem, or it could be something more.

Leaking oil could be caused from a number of issues ranging from mild to severe. Some of the mildest causes of oil leaks could be an improperly aligned or worn-out oil filter; a loose or worn-out drain plug on the oil pan; or the oil filler cap could be missing, loose, or broken. Some major causes of concern for oil leaks could be a leaking valve cover gasket, pan gasket, oil cooler lines or possibly other gaskets.

Your first step is to check your engine oil and make sure that it is not low, if it is add oil to your vehicle before driving it.

If your vehicle is leaking oil contact your local Best-One® Auto Care and one of our trained technicians will be more than happy to take a look at it and repair it properly.

By Roger Clark, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

What Are the Dangers of Potholes?

How dangerous are potholes to your car? Surprisingly, these small “bumps” in the road can do some hefty damage to your vehicle. Potholes often pop up during the spring time because of the freezing and thawing from the winter months.

Potholes can cause damage to your vehicle’s tires or suspension. They can puncture your tires, potentially cause a blow-out, or cause your vehicle to become misaligned. Potholes can also cause premature breakdown of the suspension system and shock absorbers. Finally, hitting a pothole can also cause wheel and rim damage, as well as potential damage to your undercarriage or exhaust system.

So what can you do if you see a pothole on your commute?

  • Try and avoid the pothole if you can do so safely.

  • If you cannot avoid the pothole, try to safely slow your vehicle.

  • Hold your steering wheel firm.

  • Avoid braking when directly over the pothole. You can actually cause more

  •  damage because of the weight shifting when braking.

  • Maintain air pressure in all tires to provide as much cushion as possible.

If you do run over a pothole and you’re are not sure if your vehicle has sustained damage visit your local Best-One® and we will be happy to take a look at it for you.

 Roger Clark, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

What Is an ASE Certified Mechanic?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be classified as an ASE Certified mechanic? ASE Certified mechanics are mechanics that go through voluntary training to meet the requirements established by the US National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

What does a mechanic have to do to become ASE certified?
A mechanic has to demonstrate two years of work experienImage courtesy of ase.comce and pass at least one specialty test (for example, there are 40+ offered ranging anywhere from Auto Maintenance or Light Repair Certification to Engine Machinist Certification). Certification lasts for five years then the mechanic must renew.

Mechanics can also become an ASE Certified Master mechanic.
These mechanics take a series of subject tests to demonstrate their knowledge in an array of vehicle systems. This certification is also offered in a number of categories ranging from collision repair to engine machinist.

If you are in need of a mechanic visit your local Best-One® and let one of our skilled mechanics have a look at your vehicle!

By Lindsey Beer, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

What Is the Difference Between Vehicle Maintenance and Vehicle Repair?

Often times we hear how important it is to keep up-to-date with vehicle maintenance  and to be timely with necessary vehicle repairs.  But what is the difference between the two?  It is easy to interchange these two terms, so let’s take a closer look:

Vehicle maintenance is routine, scheduled services, inspections, and part replacements that the vehicle manufacturer recommends based on age or mileage of a vehicle. Some examples of maintenance are:

  • Oil changes
  • Transmission service
  • Radiator service
  • Tune-up (consists of, but not limited to a check of the spark plugs, wire, cap and rotor, fuel filter, air filter, and PCV valve.)

Vehicle repairs are services that are required when something on your vehicle either stops working or is not working properly and either disables your vehicle completely or makes it unsafe to drive. Some examples of repairs are:

  • Brakes
  • Steering/Suspension
  • Engine
  • Battery
  • A/C — Heat

If you think your vehicle is in need of maintenance or repair of any kind visit your local Best-One®, and we will be more than happy to take a look at your vehicle!

By Nate Zolman, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

How Are High Performance Tires Different Than Other Tires?

High performance tires are becoming more popular for a number of reasons. Here are just a couple of the advantages of high performance tires:

Image courtesy of Bridgestone

  • High performance tires have improved traction and handling. They grip to the road better than standard tires, and this improves your braking distances and handling abilities.

  • High performance tires are less likely to overheat, which is a major cause of tire failure.

High performance tires offer a smoother, safer ride at higher speeds than standard tires, but they are often more expensive and (depending on circumstances) may not offer as much longevity as a lower speed-rated tire. Typically, they are purchased by those who like an aggressive drive or have a vehicle that recommends performance tires.  High performance tires are offered in a variety of tire treads — some are specialized for wet pavement while others are designed to be driven in any weather conditions.

Are high performance tires right for your vehicle?  Visit your local Best-One® retailer to learn more.

By John Miller, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

What Is a Tune-Up, and How Do I Know If My Vehicle Needs One?

Ever wonder what a tune-up on your vehicle entails and how to know if you need one or not? Most often, a tune-up consists of new spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor (varies on models), fuel filter, air filter, and PCV valve. This is the standard “go to” tune-up; other items could be included depending on the year and model of your vehicle.

Tune-up intervals vary from one vehicle to the next. Older vehicles should be tuned every 10,000 to 12,000 miles or yearly, whichever comes first. Newer cars are scheduled to go from 25,000 to as many as 100,000 miles without needing a major tune-up. Check your owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer recommends for your vehicle.

Now that you know what a general tune-up consists of, how do you know if your vehicle is in need of one? There are a few things that you would notice that should raise a red flag that you are in need of a tune-up. Some of these would be:

  • Your vehicle stalls.

  • Your engine runs rough when at idle or when accelerating.

  • Your vehicle is hard to start.

If your vehicle has any of these symptoms bring it into your local Best-One® and let one of our automotive technicians take a look at it. You may be in need of a tune-up or other service work!

By Larry Knicely, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

 

Is It Safe to Repair My Tire?

Most people want to know if their tire can be repaired or if they need to get a new one. Below are 8 guidelines that will help you understand which option is best and safe for you.

Tire Repairs: The Top 8 Things You Need To Know: 

  1. Not all tires can be repaired.
    For example, some tires with run-flat technology cannot be repaired. We adhere to manufacturer recommendations.

  2. Only certain areas of the tire can be repaired. Only the tread-area can be repaired; the tire shoulder/sidewall cannot be repaired.

  3. Only puncture areas of ¼” in diameter or smaller can be repaired.

  4. Tires with a tread depth of 2/32” or less should not be repaired.

  5. Not all damage is visible from the outside of a mounted tire.
    We remove the tire from the wheel, and our trained professionals complete a thorough inspection.

  6. Tire plugs (stems) or patches alone do not constitute a proper repair.
    We us a combination repair technique that utilizes both plugs and patches.

  7. It is unsafe to repair a puncture in a previously repaired area of the tire.

  8. Improperly repaired tires can fail causing accidents and safety concerns.

To repair your tires or purchase new ones, stop by your local Best-One®.  We will keep you rolling with the safest and most cost efficient choice.

 By Jim Channel, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

October Is Fall Car Care Awareness Month!

Before you know it, winter will be here.  As the weather changes, so will the demands on your vehicle.  Be prepared!  Preparation and proper maintenance is the key to keep your vehicle running strong during the winter months.  October is Fall Car Awareness month, which makes it the perfect time to make sure your vehicle is operating at its maximum performance. Best-One® Tire & Service makes it easy by providing these Fall Car Care Awareness Tips to help you keep your vehicle’s maintenance on track.

By John Miller, Best-One Tire & Service Expert Panelist