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Archive for January 2012

SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Auto Tips and Car Care: Battery Testing

Posted November 18, 2015 4:07 PM | in Battery

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced when they are no longer able to hold a full charge. Batteries are a big ticket item for most St. Charles motorists and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard,&hellip» read more

Auto Videos for St. Charles Drivers: Wiper Blade Options

Posted November 13, 2015 11:26 AM | in Windshield Wipers

Wiper blades are critically important to St. Charles car owners for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. St. Charles drivers should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle.

If you live in MO where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or do a lot of highway driving, you&hellip» read more

The SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Auto Report: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Posted November 5, 2015 4:24 PM | in Tires and Wheels

Repair or Replace? That’s a question St. Charles 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 are considered too large to be safely fixed. 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 corrected.&hellip» read more

SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Auto Tips and Car Care: Brake Noise

Posted October 28, 2015 12:29 PM | in Brakes

Your brake pads are the essential parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your auto. They eventually wear down. When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when St. Charles drivers should replace their brake pads. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but&hellip» read more

Automotive Tips from SafeWay Tire & Auto Center: Tire Replacement Overview

Posted October 22, 2015 9:10 AM | in Tires and Wheels

Tires are an expensive purchase so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for St. Charles motorists. 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 of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread. Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems&hellip» read more

Auto Videos for St. Charles Drivers: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

Posted October 15, 2015 3:46 PM | in Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining ideal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. The service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise. Your car maker has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement.&hellip» read more

The SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Auto Report: Serpentine Belt Overview

Posted October 8, 2015 10:22 AM | in Serpentine Belt

Your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some autos it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some autos have two serpentine belts.

The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory&hellip» read more

SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Auto Tips and Car Care: Serpentine Belt System Wear

Posted October 1, 2015 3:42 PM | in Serpentine Belt

The primary job of the serpentine belt is to provide critical traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at ideal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded with a dead battery.

In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all&hellip» read more

SafeWay Tire & Auto Center News and Videos for St. Charles: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Posted September 30, 2015 8:33 AM | in Timing Belt

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. St. Charles motorists need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure. Timing belts are very problematic to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more pricey maintenance services, but the cost to repair an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.&hellip» read more

SafeWay Tire & Auto Center News and Videos for St. Charles: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

Posted September 23, 2015 8:33 AM | in Tires and Wheels

When St. Charles motorists need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get, and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control, and anti-lock brake systems. If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should&hellip» read more

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