All new passenger vehicles on our Tacoma WA roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are under inflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about TPMS.
First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is twenty percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is thirty five pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won’t come on until the pressure is at twenty eight pounds. That’s significantly under-inflated. Enough to raise safety concerns. Continue Reading
Should I Get Winter Tires?
Even if you have traction control or a four-wheel drive car, truck or SUV, you should consider winter tires if you encounter snow or ice on a seasonal basis. Four-wheel drive vehicles can provide a false sense of security in winter conditions. Your vehicle’s starting, stopping and turning abilities ultimately come down to the amount of traction your tires can provide on snow-covered or icy road surfaces.
Courtesy Auto Minute™ Quick Car Care Tips
We get a lot of questions about servicing your car at Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma. One that we get asked the most is: Do you have to take your car to the nearest Tacoma dealer for service and repair? We’ve all asked ourselves that at one time or another. Of course, any new car dealer in Tacoma would like to have your service business, but there are a lot of reasons to turn to the automotive aftermarket for routine maintenance services as well as repairs. Continue Reading
If you’re gonna drive around the Tacoma area, you’ve got to be able to see! So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. We’ve all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our windshield is just dirty.
It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. But windshield wipers are like most other vehicle parts– they require regular attention in order to work their best. Continue Reading
Getting enough fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.
Today’s production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume. Continue Reading