Imagine if you go out to get in your car and you notice a puddle of green fluid beneath it. What is it and what should you do to fix it?
More than likely the green fluid an antifreeze leak. Antifreeze is what keeps your car from overheating. A leak could mean serious problems for your vehicle, especially if your radiator and reservoir run dry, which will lead to major engine damage. If you notice an antifreeze leak, you will want to take care of it right away to avoid any complications. A few easy places to inspect for the leak are as follows:
Other possible causes could include an issue with your water pump, intake manifold gasket, and heater core. If you detect a leak, we recommend that you top off your antifreeze and bring your car to your local Best-One. One of our trained service technicians will properly diagnose the cause of the leak and get your car functioning properly again.
It seems like gas prices are increasing every day, and everyone is trying to find ways to maximize their gas mileage. Some people overlook one of the most obvious ways to save money when it comes to optimizing gas mileage: your tires!
There are several ways that your tires affect your vehicle’s gas mileage. The most basic is your tire pressure — check it regularly and make sure you fill your tires to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Recommendations can be found inside the doorframe on the drivers side of your vehicle. Studies show you can improve your gas mileage by 3.3% just by making sure your tires are inflated properly! Under inflated tires can cut your gas mileage by 6%. 
Additionally, make sure your vehicle is properly aligned. Poor wheel alignment can reduce your gas mileage by up to 10%.  Participating Best-One dealers will check your alignment for free to give you peace of mind. Lastly, worn-out tires will cause your vehicle to operate less efficiently as well.
Fuel-efficient tires are an excellent fuel-saving option and help offer confident wet and dry traction. Over the life of each set of fuel-efficient tires, thousands of miles worth of gas are saved due to a low rolling resistance. An example of these tires is the Bridgestone Ecopia. Some of these fuel efficient tires can save you as much as 25% of the original cost of the tires. (See store for details).
Just by taking a few extra minutes out of your day every week or so could save you at the gas pump. Not sure if your tires are wearing or inflated properly? Visit your local Best-One® dealer and we will be more than happy to help you.
John Miller, Best-One Tire & Service Expert Panelist
The speed rating tells you the speed a tire can safely maintain over time. A higher speed rating means you will have better control and handling at higher speeds—and that the tire can take the extra heat. As a general rule, tires with higher speed ratings also handle better at slower speeds.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) set the ratings scale shown below. Tire manufacturers test their own tires and assign their own speed ratings. On the sidewall of every tire, you will find one of these speed rating codes:
M—Up to 81 mphN—Up to 87 mph
P—Up to 93 mph
Q—Up to 99 mph
R—Up to 106 mphS—Up to 112 mph
T—Up to 118 mph
H—Up to 130 mph
V—Up to 149 mph
W—Up to 168 mph
Y—Up to 186 mph
What does a speed rating really mean?
If you reference the list above, you will see that tires with a Q speed rating can safely sustain speeds of up to 99 miles per hour. The tire may be able to reach higher speeds, but doing so for any length of time is neither safe nor recommended. This statement also holds true for any speed ratings.
What is a Z Rating?
For tires rated about 149 mph, a Z rating may appear in the size designation.
Safety and Speed Ratings:
When you get new tires, choose tires with at least the speed rating your vehicle manufacturer recommends. Moving up to a higher speed rating may be okay but do not go lower unless you have consulted with a professional, as this may impact the handling of your vehicle.
The speeds shown are test speeds; they are not recommended speeds. It is always important to maintain a safe, controllable speed.
Do you have questions about what tire is right for your vehicle? Visit a Best-One® location, and one of our trained technicians can assist you.
Everyone knows that buying a new car can be expensive. So if you’ve decided that you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, you’ll want to evaluate any potential car’s tire tread depths.
To answer this question, you’ll want to check the tire’s tread depth. To do this, all you’ll need are some U.S. coins!
1. Place a penny into the tread grooves. If Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32″ of tread depth remaining. Click here to view an example.
2. If you’re using a quarter, when Washington’s head is covered by the tread, you have more than 4/32″ of tread depth remaining.
To check for uneven wear evaluate the tread depth in several different places throughout the tire. It is possible for a tire to show significant wear in one spot — and less wear in another.
According to most states’ laws, tires need to be replaced when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. Another way to ensure you have at least 2/32” depth remaining is to check your tire’s wear bars. Click here to learn how.
Remember, you’ll want to ensure that any vehicle you purchase is riding on safe tires, as tread depth plays a vital role your vehicle’s ability to perform in rain and snow. If you find yourself in need of new tires, visit your local Best-One location and one of our friendly staff will be glad to help you out!
You’ve probably heard a spare tire referred to as a “donut”. Do you know how a donut is different than a full size spare tire?
A donut is a spare tire that is smaller than your vehicle’s standard tires. Since donuts are smaller than a standard tire, they usually come with a speed limitation. They are designed for limited use only. Long term use or improper use can present safety issue for braking and traction systems. Donut spares are smaller in order to save space and are usually found in a vehicle’s trunk.
Full size spares are found on most SUV’s and full size trucks. Since these types of vehicles have a higher center of gravity, they need a larger tire – a donut is far too small. Full size spares are the same size as the tires that come on your vehicle from the factory.
Both types of spares should be periodically checked for proper air pressure to ensure they will be properly prepared should they be needed.
If you have questions about what kind of spare tire you should keep in your vehicle in case of an emergency, stop by your local Best-One! We’ll help keep you safe on the road.
-Jim Channel, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist
Bridgestone’s new DriveGuard tire is a run-flat that is safe to drive up to 50 miles. It can travel up to 50 miles per hour without air loss. This all-season, state-of-the-art tire carries up to a 60,000 mile warranty and features a quiet, comfortable ride.
Bridgestone has poured countless hours of research into the DriveGuard tire. This cutting edge tire is for the safety conscious driver, giving them peace of mind while they travel. The new DriveGuard has revolutionized run-flat tires in that the provide drive comfort comparable to that of a regular set of tires. Stop by your local Best-One today and learn more about these revolutionary tires!
–Best-One Tire & Auto Care
Do you know what to do if you have a tire emergency and you are away from your local Best-One location?
The answer is at your fingertips! Best-One has a dealer-locator mobile app, which will quickly help you locate the nearest Best-One facility. Simply input your location and app will assist you in finding the Best-One nearest to you. Download the mobile app now!
If you purchased the National Road Hazard Warranty with your new tires, it will be honored by any Best-One location, which takes the guess work out of the equation. For more information on this warranty, click here.
No matter where you are, Best-One has you covered. Stop in and see us today!
By David Mitchell, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist
One of the easiest ways to keep your vehicle safe — and to save money at the same time! — is to not neglect your brakes. Putting off brake repairs can be costly and dangerous. So what are some signs that your brakes need to be serviced?
- Your vehicle pulls to one side during brakingThe usual cause of your vehicle pulling to one side or another is contamination on the braking surface or a malfunctioning caliper. It could also be caused by different tire sizes on the right and left wheels. Worn suspension components can also cause this symptom.
- Squeaky brakesSome brake squeaks are caused by harmless brake dust, but frequent squeaking is the first indication that it is time to have your brakes serviced. A wear indicator is attached to the brake pad assembly, and as brake pads wear, the wear indicator will come into contact with the rotor and cause the squeaking noise. If left unattended the squeaking noise will eventually turn into a grinding sound.
- Grinding noise while braking A grinding noise when you brake is an indication that you have a serious brake problem that needs immediate attention. This sound means that there is metal on metal contact and your brake pads have completely worn through. If left unattended, this could result in brake failure.
- PulsatingA vibrating or pulsating brake pedal is a sign of warped rotors. Rotors tend to warp when put under extensive stress, such as making frequent stops when driving down a steep hill or towing. If this is the case, your brakes will most likely need to be replaced.
If you have any of these issues with your brakes or just feel like it has been awhile since your brakes have been checked or serviced come into your local Best-One® and one of our trained technicians will be happy to help you.
Larry Knicely, Best-One Tire & Service Expert Panelist
When you buy a new set of tires, you will probably wonder how long they will last before you need to buy new ones.
Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to predict when tires should be replaced based on their calendar age alone. Several factors come into play: Exposure to the elements, regularity of use, and the quality of care (maintaining proper inflation pressure, wheel alignment, etc.) will all influence how long your tires will last.
To get the most life out of your tires make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for rotation and alignment. When you purchase your tires, the manufacturer will provide an estimate of how many miles the tire can travel (this is called a tire mileage warranty), but it is important to note that estimate is based on driving the tire in ideal conditions.
Visit your local Best-One if you have any concerns about the life of your tires or for help determining which tires are right for your vehicle.
By Roger Clark, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist