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Tire Maintenance in WINDSOR LOCKS

With the recent focus in the WINDSOR LOCKS area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.WINDSOR LOCKS drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in WINDSOR LOCKS wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Scata's Auto & Truck Repair to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. Scata's Auto & Truck Repair535 SPRING STWINDSOR LOCKS, CT 060968606230449http://scatas.com ... read more

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How Much is Enough for WINDSOR LOCKS Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Most WINDSOR LOCKS drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it's for WINDSOR LOCKS vehicle owners to know the answers to these questions.First of all, it's important to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with CT auto safety laws. That's why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle safety inspection ... read more

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Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every WINDSOR LOCKS driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all CT seasons.WINDSOR LOCKS off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around CT? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.Scata's Auto & Truck Repair tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the roa ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Scata's Auto & Truck Repair: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Repair or Replace? That’s a question WINDSOR LOCKS drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not be repaired. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your friendly and professional Scata's Auto & Truck Repair service advisor can inspect your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced - and then help you get back on the roads around WINDSOR LOCKS.Give us a call.Scata's Auto & Truck Repair535 SPRING STWINDSOR LOCKS, CT 060968606230449http://scatas.com

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Saving Lives in WINDSOR LOCKS with Tire Pressure

All new passenger vehicles on our WINDSOR LOCKS, CT, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.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 20 percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is 34 pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won't come on until the pressure is at 28 pounds. That's significantly underinflated, enough to raise safety concerns.The worst is tire failure. A severely underinflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also underinflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Scata's Auto & Truck Repair: Tire Replacement Overview

Tires are an expensive purchase, so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for WINDSOR LOCKS drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch (3.2 mm) of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread.Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems, and simply replacing your tires will not prevent the same uneven wear from happening to the new tires. At Scata's Auto & Truck Repair in WINDSOR LOCKS, we can inspect your tires for excessive or uneven wear. Unusual wear may lead to further inspection of steering, suspension or alignment problems. We can help with necessary repairs and with getting you the right tires for your needs.Give us a call.Scata's Auto & Truck Repair535 SPRING STWINDSOR LOCKS, CT 060968606230449http://scatas.com

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Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Scata's Auto & Truck Repair automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet WINDSOR LOCKS conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, WINDSOR LOCKS drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Scata's Auto & Truck Repair tire has very deep channels and ca ... read more

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By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair in WINDSOR LOCKS

Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, WINDSOR LOCKS drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local WINDSOR LOCKS tire store.Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, or the width between the sidewalls of the tire when it is fully inflated and not carrying a load. When WINDSOR LOCKS drivers replace tires, they need to match this width number, or the tires won't fit properly in the wheel wells.The 50 is the aspect ratio of the tire, which is measured by taking the height of the sidewalls and dividing it by the tread width. If you drive off-road around the WINDSOR LOCKS area, it should have a high asp ... read more

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for WINDSOR LOCKS vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Scata's Auto & Truck Repair post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around WINDSOR LOCKS, CT. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for WINDSOR LOCKS vehicles. The bearings are packed with h ... read more

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