New England Tire Bloghttp://newenglandtire.com/blogMost recent posts.Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:02:38 -0400en-ushourly1The Dangers of Avoid Muffler Repairhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/the-dangers-of-avoid-a-muffler-repairhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/the-dangers-of-avoid-a-muffler-repair#commentsThu, 06 Apr 2017 12:02:38 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/the-dangers-of-avoid-a-muffler-repair<p> Your muffler does a lot more than keep your car from being embarrassingly noisy. <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/exhaust">The exhaust system</a>, in fact, is a big part of what keeps your vehicle running right! Here are some reasons why that exhaust system is so important to your car&rsquo;s overall health:<img alt="Muffler Repair MA" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1489/muffler-repair-ma.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> --The exhaust system and muffler help direct toxic exhaust gases away from the passenger compartment and channels them behind the vehicle. Obviously, this one is pretty important to your health!</p> <p> --The engine is designed to run with a certain amount of &ldquo;back pressure&rdquo; or resistance to exhaust flow on its way out of the engine. A lack of back pressure can cause a rough running condition and if left long enough, can damage exhaust valves and other engine components.</p> <p> --The engine&rsquo;s drivetrain computer regulates emissions, but it needs a functioning exhaust system to work properly. A hole in the muffler or other exhaust problems can lead to a &ldquo;hard code&rdquo; being registered in the engine computer, triggering the Check Engine light and causing you to risk failing an emissions test.</p> <p> --The catalytic converter resembles a muffler and is located in the exhaust stream. Its function is completely different from the muffler, however; it uses extreme heat to actually incinerate and neutralize pollutants before they escape through the exhaust pipe. Usually the converter lasts the life of the vehicle; however, in instances where the catalytic converter fails, it can become plugged and actually prevent the vehicle from running at all.</p> <p> --The engine computer relies on oxygen sensors in the exhaust stream, which monitor the makeup of the exhaust gases. O2 sensors have been known to fail, and if they fail it can result in a rich-running condition&hellip;and a failed O2 sensor can result from a failed muffler.</p> <p> So yes, there&rsquo;s more to your exhaust system than just keeping the car quiet! If you suspect you might be having muffler or exhaust issues, don&rsquo;t put it off and don&rsquo;t try to just fix it yourself. <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/Appointments">Make an appointment with us</a> at New England Tire Car Care Centers, let us put that car up on the rack and we&rsquo;ll figure out what&rsquo;s going on!</p> /blog/view/the-dangers-of-avoid-a-muffler-repair/feed0Your Wipers...Have You Checked Them Lately? http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/your-wipers-have-you-checked-them-latelyhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/your-wipers-have-you-checked-them-lately#commentsSat, 11 Mar 2017 12:33:25 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/your-wipers-have-you-checked-them-lately<p> The design of windshield wipers hasn&rsquo;t changed much for a long, long time. It&rsquo;s still a blade of rubber that presses against the windshield via a spring-loaded arm&nbsp;and <img alt="Windshield Wipers in Attleboro MA " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1485/windshield-wipers-attleboro-ma.jpg" style="width: 277px; height: 182px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />moves across the windshield in an arc to squeegee water from the glass.</p> <p> The rubber compound of windshield wiper blades has changed and improved over the years, but even the best wipers are only good for about a year before the elements and normal wear start to take their toll. Obviously, if your wipers are leaving streaks and smudges on the glass, that&rsquo;s a real problem&hellip;but there are other ways to tell what kind of shape they&rsquo;re in before the rain starts coming down.</p> <p> --Look closely at the surface of the rubber blade. Is it showing cracks or looking dried-out? Do you see strips of rubber coming off of the contact area, or chips and chunks gone out of the rubber material?</p> <p> --Measure the wiper blades and arms, and remember that many vehicles have two different-sized wipers for the driver and passenger side.</p> <p> --Remove the old wiper blades carefully. &nbsp;Some vehicles are designed so that the wiper arms can be flipped up on their spindles at a 90-degree angle to the windshield, making it easier to service the wiper blades. Most newer vehicles just have a crook at the end of the wiper arms so that the blades can snap into place or snap out again easily.</p> <p> --Attach the new wiper blade by pulling it tight onto the arm; you&rsquo;ll hear a distinct click when it locks into place. Give it a wiggle or two to make sure that it has positively seated itself in the crook of the wiper arm. Repeat the same for the other side.</p> <p> Don&rsquo;t feel confident doing this? No worries. <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/contact">Come to us</a> at New England Tire Car Care Centers &ndash; we&rsquo;ve got a wide range of quality wiper blades for all kinds of vehicles, and can quickly get you back on the road again. Don&rsquo;t wait until it&rsquo;s raining already to start thinking about your windshield wipers!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/your-wipers-have-you-checked-them-lately/feed0Cooling System? Wait...It's Winter! http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/cooling-system-wait-it-s-winterhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/cooling-system-wait-it-s-winter#commentsMon, 06 Feb 2017 21:21:51 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/cooling-system-wait-it-s-winter<p> An automotive cooling system forces coolant (a distilled water/antifreeze mix) through water jackets around the engine block, dispersing heat pretty effectively. The hot<img alt="Cooling System Service in Warwick RI " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1484/cooling-system-service-warwick-ri.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /> coolant then makes its way through the many coils and fins of the radiator; between the radiator, cooling fan and the wind blowing through the engine compartment while driving, it keeps the coolant at operating temperature.</p> <p> The cooling system, then, consists of the water pump, hoses, radiator, thermostat, engine water jackets and heater core (located behind the dashboard on the passenger side).</p> <p> Thing is&hellip;while coolant keeps your vehicle from overheating by raising the boiling point of water, it also lowers the freezing point and prevents freeze up in the winter (which could crack an engine block). More than that, though, coolant contains anticorrosion agents which prevent scale and lime from building up on internal passages in the radiator and heater core. Your heater core is essential to keeping your passenger compartment comfortable and providing enough heat to the cabin and radiator&hellip;and a clogged heater core can be a real headache to replace.</p> <p> At New England Tire, we&rsquo;re offering a Cooling System Service special for a limited time. For $59.95, you&rsquo;ll receive:</p> <ul> <li> One gallon of green antifreeze</li> <li> Distilled water to fill system</li> <li> Pressure test of system</li> <li> Inspect hoses</li> <li> Tighten connections</li> <li> Drain and fill radiator</li> </ul> <p> Please note that some vehicles manufacturers&rsquo; recommendations call for other antifreeze products; types other than green may result in an extra charge.</p> <p> Manufacturer&rsquo;s recommended service intervals for cooling system maintenance may vary, anywhere from every 35,000 to 70,000 or more miles. One thing&rsquo;s for sure, though &ndash; it&rsquo;s not something that you want to put off. If you&rsquo;re not sure when your last cooling system maintenance was performed, we can easily check your coolant&rsquo;s condition with an instrument called a hygrometer. This tests the specific gravity of the coolant and can detect any impurities that are circulating through the system.</p> <p> Don&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;re in the clear just because it&rsquo;s winter &ndash; your cooling system needs service year-round, regardless of the season. <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/Appointments">Make an appointment</a> with us at New England Tire and take advantage of our $59.95 cooling system special!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/cooling-system-wait-it-s-winter/feed0Announcing New England Tire Car Care Center's Winter Car Care Package http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/announcing-new-england-tire-car-care-center-s-winter-car-care-packagehttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/announcing-new-england-tire-car-care-center-s-winter-car-care-package#commentsMon, 16 Jan 2017 16:12:14 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/announcing-new-england-tire-car-care-center-s-winter-car-care-package<p> Winter weather and cold temperatures are really tough on your vehicle. Every system is stressed to some extent or another when it&rsquo;s below freezing outside. That&rsquo;s <img alt="Winter Driving in Attleboro MA" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1483/winter-driving-attleboro-ma.jpeg" style="width: 250px; height: 134px; margin: 10px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" />why New England Tire Car Care Centers is offering a Winter Car Care Package for our loyal customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island!</p> <p> <strong>For only $49</strong>, you get the following:</p> <p> &middot; Lube, oil change, and new filter, with up to five quarts of a major brand conventional oil</p> <p> &middot; Top off antifreeze and all other fluids under hood</p> <p> &middot; Complete tire rotation</p> <p> &middot; Check tread depth on all four tires</p> <p> &middot; Evaluate condition of braking system</p> <p> &middot; Adjust tire pressure to manufacturer&rsquo;s specs</p> <p> &middot; Inspect battery terminals and connections</p> <p> &middot; Examine all belts and hoses for cracks, tension, wear and adjust hose clamps if needed</p> <p> &middot; Perform Vehicle DNA Test</p> <p> Taken separately, this is a <strong>$64 value</strong>!</p> <p> At New England Tire Car Care Centers, we want to make sure you get through this winter with minimum stress to both you and your vehicle. Cold temperatures thicken motor oil and make it harder for the engine to turn over, and slow the chemical reaction that enables the battery to store and deliver electricity. It&rsquo;s hard on tires, hard on the power steering system, hard on the cooling system and everything else you can think of, really.</p> <p> <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">Make an appointment</a> with us at <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/contact">New England Tire Car Care Centers</a> and get a leg up on winter weather. You know your car will appreciate it, and it just might help you head off some headaches! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/announcing-new-england-tire-car-care-center-s-winter-car-care-package/feed0Price Matching -- It's How We Do Business! http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/price-matching-it-s-how-we-do-businesshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/price-matching-it-s-how-we-do-business#commentsMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:47:27 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/price-matching-it-s-how-we-do-business<p> You may hear other dealers talk about &ldquo;competitive pricing&rdquo; and &ldquo;we&rsquo;ll match any price&hellip;&rdquo; and it all sounds good until you read the fine print or until you get to the store and you hear the old bait-and-switch or some other tricky sleight of hand.</p> <p> At New England Tire Car Care Centers, that&rsquo;s not how we do business.</p> <p> We&rsquo;re a proud member of the Goodyear dealer network, with the Goodyear/Dunlop/Kelly tire family. Our offer is simple and direct: if you see prices from any competitor that beat the prices on our tires, all you have to do is bring in a written quote from them and we will match or beat that price.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s that simple.</p> <p> Let&rsquo;s repeat&hellip;bring in a price quote on Goodyear, Dunlop or Kelly tires, from any brick-and-mortar company in the area, and we will match or beat that price. It&rsquo;s good<img alt="Tire Savings in Attleboro MA " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1482/tire-savings-attleboro-ma.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 10px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /> for you, our customers, and it&rsquo;s good for us because it&rsquo;s just part of how we do business.</p> <p> Goodyear and the Goodyear family of tires have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in engineering and quality. They&rsquo;re known for innovation and for forward-thinking products, and we&rsquo;re happy to be able to offer this kind of price-matching deal for our customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s part of our commitment to customer service at New England Tire Car Care Centers. For decades, drivers have been coming to us for great deals on premium-brand tires and for top-notch auto repair services. When you&rsquo;ve got a lot of choices for tires and auto repair (dealerships, big-box stores, local mom and pop shops), it really means something for you to pick us over the competition. Customers pick New England Tire Car Care Centers for one good reason &ndash; our customer service, and our careful, thorough approach to repair work.</p> <p> So, go ahead and do some comparison shopping &ndash; we want you to! Then when you find a better deal than we can offer, go ahead and let us know and we&rsquo;ll match or beat that deal on Goodyear, Dunlop or Kelly tires.&nbsp;<a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">Make an appointment </a>with us at <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/contact">New England Tire Car Care Centers</a>, bring that price quote in and see what happens next!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/price-matching-it-s-how-we-do-business/feed0Be Careful On The Road This Winter http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/be-careful-on-the-road-this-winterhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/be-careful-on-the-road-this-winter#commentsFri, 18 Nov 2016 09:30:29 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/be-careful-on-the-road-this-winter<p> Yes, we know you&rsquo;re a great driver. Of course you are. But when the snow starts to pile up, how good is your driving then? Here are some things to think about <img alt="Winter Tires in Attleboro MA" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1478/winter-tires-attleboro-ma.JPG" style="width: 188px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />when the winter weather kicks in:</p> <p> --Don&rsquo;t use cruise control on snow, ice, or even wet pavement. You need the control of having your foot on the throttle.</p> <p> --Slow down and keep your distance from other vehicles. The whole idea of &ldquo;drive defensively&rdquo; is based on not knowing what the other guy is going to do&hellip;and basically assuming he&rsquo;s going to do something dumb, right in front of you.</p> <p> --Slow down and be gentle with the throttle, the brake and steering inputs. On snow, all these can be a problem if you&rsquo;re not careful. Remember that your 3-4 second margin of safety for braking should be pushed up to 8 or even 10 seconds.</p> <p> --Most newer vehicles feature antilock brakes (ABS), which help prevent one or more wheels from locking up and skidding. It&rsquo;s normal to feel a slight pulsation through the brake pedal as ABS brakes kick in. ABS also eliminates the need to &ldquo;pump&rdquo; the brakes; just keep your heel on the floorboard and use the ball of your foot on the brake pedal for gentle but firm pressure.</p> <p> --Be aware of your car&rsquo;s inertia. That means longer stopping distances, but it also means getting a bit of a &ldquo;running start&rdquo; to get up a hill&hellip;otherwise, you&rsquo;re likely to just spin your wheels and break traction in the snow.</p> <p> --Keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your car, with a blanket, gloves, protein-rich snacks, sweater, first aid kit, jumper cables and more.</p> <p> --Make sure your tires are in good shape, with the right tire pressure and plenty of tread depth. If you have to encounter extreme winter conditions, consider a switch to winter tires for an appreciable increase in winter performance.</p> <p> --Stay home if you can. If the weather forecasts are for a severe winter storm, you&rsquo;re just safer getting out and getting your business done ahead of it, then waiting it out at home if at all possible.</p> <p> What kind of shape are your tires in this winter? Do you maybe need to switch to winter tires? Make an <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/Appointments">appointment</a> with us at New England Tire Car Care Centers and let&rsquo;s get you set up for winter driving!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/be-careful-on-the-road-this-winter/feed0A New England Winter Is On The Way -- Is Your Car Ready? http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/a-new-england-winter-is-on-the-way-is-your-car-readyhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/a-new-england-winter-is-on-the-way-is-your-car-ready#commentsWed, 19 Oct 2016 20:27:40 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/a-new-england-winter-is-on-the-way-is-your-car-ready<p> New England winters can be really tough, and that kind of cold means a lot of stress on every system of your vehicle. Is yours ready? Here&rsquo;s a quick list of things <img alt="Winter Tires in Warwick RI " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1475/winter-tires-warwick-ri.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />you might want to think about:</p> <p> <strong>Battery</strong>: When it&rsquo;s below freezing, &nbsp;the chemical process inside your battery&rsquo;s cells slows down to a point where it can only store and deliver a fraction as much voltage and amperage.&nbsp; On top of that, motor oil thickens in cold weather, making it harder to turn the engine over. That explains why you need to make sure you&rsquo;ve got a good battery going into the winter months.</p> <p> <strong>Tires</strong>: All-season tires are great&nbsp;unless you actually get some snow. Winter tires, on the other hand, are designed for bad weather, with a more aggressive tread pattern that really digs into snow and slush and helps avoid hydroplaning. Winter tires also use a softer tread formulation that stays flexible in extreme cold, for traction.</p> <p> <strong>Wipers</strong>: It might seem really obvious, but a lot of people forget about their wipers until it gets nasty out. Even the best wipers only last about a year, before the sun&rsquo;s UV rays and normal wear take their toll. If your wipers are cracked, dried-out or are losing strips of rubber, replace them for safety&rsquo;s sake.</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system</strong>: Your cooling system protects against freezing as well as summertime boilovers. Coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water; despite its mix of anti-corrosion agents, it still loses its effectiveness over time. The only sure way to prevent corrosion and scale from accumulating in your radiator, water pump and heater core is with a regular schedule of coolant flushes. Can&rsquo;t remember when your last coolant flush was? It&rsquo;s easy for a technician to check the coolant&rsquo;s condition using a hygrometer.</p> <p> <strong>Motor oil</strong>: It&rsquo;s always a good idea to start off the winter months with some clean motor oil. If you&rsquo;ve thought about a switch to synthetic oil, this might be a good time to do it. Synthetic outperforms conventional oil in every respect, and one advantage is that it doesn&rsquo;t thicken in cold weather. That means better engine protection at startup, as it can circulate more quickly to the upper engine components.</p> <p> So, are you ready for winter driving in New England?&nbsp; <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/Appointments">Make an appointment</a> with us at New England Tire Car Care Centers and let us help you be sure about that!</p> /blog/view/a-new-england-winter-is-on-the-way-is-your-car-ready/feed0Why Does Everyone Always Stress Oil Changes So Much? http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/why-does-everyone-always-stress-oil-changes-so-muchhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/why-does-everyone-always-stress-oil-changes-so-much#commentsMon, 01 Aug 2016 07:14:00 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/why-does-everyone-always-stress-oil-changes-so-much<p> You probably heard your dad say it -- &quot;get your oil changed at regular intervals if you want to that car to last!!&quot; -- and it&#39;s still true today.&nbsp;<img alt="Oil Changes in Warwick RI " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1455/oil-changes-warwick-ri.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <p> There are so many moving parts inside an engine...pieces of metal that spin around or slide against each other at very close tolerances. Those moving parts generate a lot of friction, and inside the cylinders&#39; combustion chambers, the spark plugs ignite a fuel/air mixture thousands of times per minute.&nbsp;</p> <p> The thin film of motor oil between moving parts is what helps disperse heat from the engine. Without oil, your engine&#39;s moving parts would quickly overheat to a point where they&#39;d actually weld to each other and seize the engine. As oil circulates in the engine, though, it starts to pick up acids and carbon from combustion and microscopic metal particles. Over time, oil becomes so contaminated that it loses its lubricating properties and starts to break down. Particles can be trapped in the paper element of the oil filter&nbsp;until the filter becomes saturated and can&#39;t absorb any more. If left too long, crusty carbon deposits can start to form on bearings and other crucial moving parts, and sludge buildup can clog internal engine passages.&nbsp;</p> <p> Older formulations of motor oil called for a 3,000-mile oil change interval, but the detergents, friction modifiers and other additives in today&#39;s oil can extend that to a 5,000-mile interval. Synthetic motor oil outperforms conventional oil in about every respect, and while synthetic is considerably more expensive, it can go for a 10,000-mile interval between oil changes.&nbsp;</p> <p> Regular oil changes are still vital for engine protection, and at New England Tire we are offering an oil change as part of our comprehensive <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/promotions/summer-car-care-package">Summer Car Care Package</a>, which includes:</p> <ul> <li> Belt and hoses checkup</li> <li> Tire rotation&nbsp;</li> <li> Tire pressure check</li> <li> Top off all fluids</li> <li> Check of tread depth&nbsp;</li> <li> Brake inspection</li> <li> Vehicle DNA kit&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p> Normally a $64.00 package, we now offer summer car care for only $49.00! This offer is good through Aug 31, so make an appointment with us today! &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://newenglandtire.com/promotions/summer-car-care-package"><img alt="" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1456/save on oil change with package.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 108px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;" /></a><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> /blog/view/why-does-everyone-always-stress-oil-changes-so-much/feed0Stay Safe with Tire Maintenancehttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/stay-safe-with-tire-maintenancehttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/stay-safe-with-tire-maintenance#commentsSun, 31 Jul 2016 18:03:44 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/stay-safe-with-tire-maintenance<p> It&#39;s easy to take your tires for granted when everything&#39;s going fine...you tend to not even think about them much. That can be a mistake, though.&nbsp;<img alt="Tire Maintenance in Attleboro MA " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1460/tire-maintenance-attleboro-ma.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> At New England Tire Car Care Centers, we know you&#39;re headed out for some road trips before the summer&#39;s out, so here are some tips to keep yourself safe with tire maintenance:</p> <p> <strong>Rotate your tires.</strong> Tires should be rotated about every 5,000 miles for proper wear and driveability. Failure to rotate your tires regularly can result in a vehicle that handles &quot;squirrelly&quot; and front tires that are worn prematurely. Remember that no vehicle has 50/50 weight distribution front-to-rear...and failure to <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/tire-rotation">rotate your tires</a> can negate your tire warranty.</p> <p> <strong>Check your tire pressure</strong>. &nbsp;This one&#39;s really important for safety and fuel economy. Underinflated tires mean more friction and rolling resistance, which means it takes more energy to keep your vehicle rolling down the highway, costing you money in terms of gas mileage. Worse, though, rolling resistance means heat buildup, and heat is the enemy of your tires. Take a paper clip and bend it back and forth until it snaps from metal fatigue. That&#39;s what&#39;s happening to your tires&#39; steel belt layers when the tires are underinflated...the belts are forced to flex more than normal and are bound to weaken from the flex and metal fatigue. Low tire pressure also means poor handling, steering, and braking performance, so just invest a couple of dollars in a tire pressure gauge and check them at least once a month.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Check your wheel alignment. </strong>A poorly-aligned car means more than an annoying, tiring pull to one side while headed down the highway. That poor alignment means the other tires are constantly dragging one tire along as it tries to steer the vehicle in a different direction. Inevitably, that tire will be worn along an inside or outside edge prematurely, so if you&#39;re noticing signs like a pull to one side, poor &quot;returnability&quot; (the wheel doesn&#39;t center readily after rounding a corner) or steering that feels &quot;heavy&quot; or clumsy, schedule a <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/wheel-alignment">wheel alignment</a> checkup.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Inspect your tires. </strong>From time to time, just take a good look at your tires. Check the tread depth, look out for glass, nails or foreign objects in the tread, and inspect the sidewalls for bulges or cracks. Many now say that any set of tires that&#39;s more than six years old should be replaced, regardless of condition or mileage ... the sun&#39;s UV rays and the elements tend to degrade rubber in that space of time.&nbsp;</p> <p> Got questions? Need a tire rotation, wheel alignment or <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/tire-repair">other tire-related services</a> before you head out? Make an <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">appointment</a> with us at New England Tire Car Care Centers first!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/stay-safe-with-tire-maintenance/feed0Summer Tire Safety Tips http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/summer-tire-safety-tipshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/summer-tire-safety-tips#commentsSat, 16 Jul 2016 18:29:00 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/summer-tire-safety-tips<p> Summer heat and long miles can be tough on tires while you&#39;re taking a road trip. At New England Tire, we&#39;d like to pass a few tips on to you:&nbsp;<img alt="Summer tire safety tips in Attleboro MA " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1454/new-tires-attleboro-ma.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> -- Check your tire inflation at least once a month, and always before a long trip. We can&#39;t stress this enough. Underinflated tires mean more friction, added rolling resistance and more heat buildup. They also mean poorer fuel economy, handling, and braking performance. If you want to ruin a set of tires, driving around with low tire pressure is the perfect way to do it.&nbsp;</p> <p> -- <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/tire-rotation">Rotate tires</a> every 6,000 miles for even wear, and note any uneven wear patterns that could indicate an <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/wheel-alignment">alignment </a>or <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/steering-and-suspension">suspension </a>problem.&nbsp;</p> <p> -- &nbsp;Check your tread and sidewall for bulges, cracks or other damage.&nbsp;</p> <p> -- Check your tread depth using a penny. 2/32&quot; is minimum tread depth by state law; if you insert the penny with Lincoln&#39;s head down and the tread doesn&#39;t reach his head, it&#39;s time to replace the tires. Try it again with a quarter; if the tread reaches Washington&#39;s head, that&#39;s 4/32&quot;. Once again with the penny -- does the tread touch the Lincoln Memorial? That&#39;s a &nbsp;depth of 6/32&quot;.&nbsp;</p> <p> -- Try to avoid overloading the vehicle, which puts a lot of stress on tires.&nbsp;</p> <p> -- If your tires are six years old, regardless of their tread depth or condition, you may want to consider replacing them. Evidence now shows that at the six-year mark, tire compounds can start to age and break down, leading to tread separation and tire failure.&nbsp;</p> <p> At New England Tire Company, we want you to have peace of mind when you take it out on the road this summer, and we want you to be safe! If you&#39;re thinking you need tires or just some tire maintenance this summer, <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/Appointments">make an appointment </a>with us!</p> /blog/view/summer-tire-safety-tips/feed0Spring is Here! Is Your Car Ready? http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/spring-is-here-is-your-car-readyhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/spring-is-here-is-your-car-ready#commentsFri, 27 May 2016 16:58:11 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/spring-is-here-is-your-car-ready<p> So it was a long, tough winter...but now it&#39;s behind us. Chances are your car could use a little TLC before the temperatures start to rise, so here&#39;s a quick <img alt="Auto Repair in Warwick RI " src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1446/auto-repair-warwick-ri.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />rundown of suggestions:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Wash and Wax:</strong> Your vehicle should be waxed about once a quarter, to protect the finish against oxidation from the sun&#39;s rays, road grit and other factors that can wear down the paint and give surface rust a foothold. Start with a good-quality car wash (not detergent, which will just strip any wax you already have) and follow up with a couple of coats of paste or liquid wax. Then, stand back and admire a great-looking car!</li> <li> <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/oil-lube-filters"><strong>Oil Change:</strong></a> You&#39;ve heard this one before, but your oil and filter should be changed every 5,000 miles for conventional oil, or 10-12,000 miles for synthetic oil. Clean motor oil means reduced wear and less chance of sludge buildup, which can accelerate wear and shorten engine life.&nbsp;</li> <li> <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/tire-rotation"><strong>Tire Rotation:</strong></a> No car has 50/50 weight distribution from front to rear, and front tires are subjected to a whole different set of forces from cornering and braking. That&#39;s why tire positions need to be switched at regular intervals, helping to even out wear patterns (plus, it&#39;s required for warranty coverage). Rotations should be done every 5,000 miles -- if your car&#39;s already in for an oil change and up on a lube rack, why not just have the rotation done too?&nbsp;</li> <li> <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/cooling-system-maintenance"><strong>Cooling System Service:</strong> </a>Your coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water, and contains anti-corrosion agents to help head off the buildup of scale in your water pump, heater core, and radiator. Coolant is designed to be flushed at regular intervals, to eliminate any corrosion that may have accumulated and to improve your cooling system&#39;s overall health. Coolant flushes should be performed at a 35-50,000 mile interval, according to manufacturer&#39;s specs. Remember, antifreeze doesn&#39;t just lower the coolant&#39;s freezing point -- it also raises the boilover point to protect your engine against overheating.&nbsp;</li> <li> <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/heating-and-a-c"><strong>A/C Service: </strong></a>Even a late-model car can lose five percent of its A/C refrigerant over a year&#39;s time. Nobody likes riding around in a stuffy car; we can recharge your A/C system with a refrigerant that includes an oil for the compressor and fluorescent dye that makes leaks easy to spot.&nbsp;</li> <li> <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/transmission-fluid-flush"><strong>Transmission Service: </strong></a>Just like your engine needs motor oil to cool and lubricate, your transmission needs automatic transmission fluid (ATF) to protect against wear and to help transfer torque through the unit. Heat and time will degrade the fluid, however, and cause varnish-like deposits to build up on important internal parts. Transmission fluid should be cherry colored and have a slightly sharp smell to it. Fluid that&#39;s darker or has a burnt-toast odor should be changed soon to prevent transmission damage.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p> We hope you get out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather...and that your car&#39;s up to the task. <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">Make an appointment </a>with us at New England Tire and let us make sure about that!</p> /blog/view/spring-is-here-is-your-car-ready/feed0NETCCC Announces Management Changeshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/netccc-announces-management-changeshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/netccc-announces-management-changes#commentsTue, 01 Mar 2016 16:14:29 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/netccc-announces-management-changes<h2> <img alt="" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1445/newspaper_04.jpg" style="width: 397px; height: 412px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></h2> <h1> <span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">New England Tire&rsquo;s owner Carl Kazen, Sr. is happy to announce recent changes in the management structure of the chain&rsquo;s five stores across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.</span></span></h1> <p> Anthony Luiz, former Warwick Rhode Island Store Manager, has been promoted to District Manager in charge of retail stores. Anthony has been with New England Tire for 12 years and brings outstanding hands-on insight to the auto repair business coupled with a strong sense of the New England Tire culture that the retail team will find both exciting and rewarding.</p> <p> The Mansfield, MA store, located at 515 South Main Street, is now managed by Mike Fontaine. Mr. Fontaine has returned from hiatus and is excited to be serving the Mansfield&rsquo;s store&rsquo;s regular customers again. With over 20 years in the field, Mr. Fontaine is an ASE-certified Master Technician and brings a great deal of experience and expertise to auto repair and mechanical services in the Mansfield area.</p> <p> Bob Shoupp has been promoted to Service Manager at New England Tire&rsquo;s Northboro, MA location. Mr. Shoupp is a veteran of the auto repair industry, with over 20 years&rsquo; experience under his belt. While he&rsquo;s only been with New England Tire for about three years, cutting his teeth at the Seekonk, MA store, Mr. Shoupp is enthusiastic about working in the Northboro area, helping motorists with their tire and auto repair needs.</p> <p> Finally, Jason Heron will soon be leading the team at the Warwick, RI store after completing a store managers&rsquo; training program. Heron is well-known in Warwick and is a family-focused, energetic member of the community. With over ten years in the field, Heron is definitely committed to the New England Tire culture and expects to be part of the New England Tire organization for many years to come.</p> <p> Family-owned and operated for over three decades, New England Tire is a trusted resource for tires, oil changes, brake service, A/C repair, wheel alignments and many other aspects of auto repair and routine maintenance. With ASE-certified technicians and the latest in diagnostic repair tools, New England Tire is a perfect choice for auto repair that&rsquo;s done right the first time. In addition, New England Tire carries tires from brands like Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly, Continental, Michelin and Pirelli, and is part of the national Goodyear Tire &amp; Service Network. Owner Carl Kazen, Sr. invites all motorists in the Attleboro, Mansfield, Seekonk, Northborough, and Warwick areas to contact his stores via phone or e-mail &ndash; the company&rsquo;s management team is always available to address questions or concerns.</p> /blog/view/netccc-announces-management-changes/feed0Brake Repair -- Demystifiedhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/brake-repair-demystifiedhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/brake-repair-demystified#commentsMon, 01 Feb 2016 13:05:00 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/brake-repair-demystified<p> At New England Car Care Centers in Warwick, RI, we do a lot of brake repair on customers&rsquo; cars. Since a set of brakes wears very gradually and can easily last <img alt="Brake Repair in Warwick RI" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1435/brake-repair-warwick-ri.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />50-70,000 miles with the right driving habits, it can be hard to know when it&rsquo;s time to seek out brake service. Here are some pretty sure-fire indicators that it&rsquo;s time to <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/brakes">t</a><a href="http://newenglandtire.com/brakes">hink about brake repai</a><a href="http://newenglandtire.com/brakes">r:</a></p> <p> <strong>Excessive brake pedal travel &ndash; </strong>the pedal goes almost all the way to the floor before the brakes engage and start to slow the car</p> <p> <strong>Brake pedal feels &ldquo;spongy&rdquo; or soft underfoot &ndash;</strong> this can be a sign of either worn brake pads or air bubbles in the brake lines</p> <p> <strong>Car pulls to one side while braking &ndash;</strong> this is sometimes a sign of a sticking caliper, collapsed brake line or dragging brakes on one side</p> <p> <strong>Vibration or pulsating sensation through brake pedal &ndash;</strong> the brake rotors are unevenly worn and have developed a slight warp</p> <p> <strong>Squealing or grinding noise &ndash;</strong> a squeal isn&rsquo;t always a sign of worn brakes, as some brake pad materials are prone to making noise. In addition, some pads are designed with a wear indicator, a spring-steel tab that protrudes from the back and drags along the rotor when the pads reach a minimum thickness. A grinding noise, however, is bad news&hellip;it means that the brake pads have worn down to their metal backing plates and are digging grooves into the smooth steel surface of the rotors.</p> <p> <strong>Loss of brake fluid &ndash;</strong> a rupture in a brake line</p> <p> <strong>Longer stopping distances &ndash;</strong> self explanatory</p> <p> <strong>Brakes won&rsquo;t &ldquo;hold&rdquo; and brake pedal goes to floor gradually while stopped and in gear &ndash; </strong>while uncommon, this is a sign of a failing master cylinder.</p> <p> One thing is for sure &ndash; any of these signs means that you&rsquo;re not only in need of brakes, they also mean that your car is dangerous. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s also a certainty that the longer you put off brake repair, the more money it&rsquo;s going to cost as you&rsquo;ll have to replace the gouged-up brake rotors as well as the pads. Finally, bear in mind that if you address brake repair early, chances are you&rsquo;ll only have to replace the front brake pads. Front brakes wear more quickly since momentum shifts the vehicle&rsquo;s weight forward while braking&nbsp;and the front brakes have to do more of the actual stopping effort.</p> <p> Don&rsquo;t put off brake service. If you&rsquo;re noticing any of these signs of worn-out brakes, give us a call at New England Tire Car Care Centers in Warwick, RI and <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">make an appointment</a>!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/brake-repair-demystified/feed0Nobody Likes Potholeshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/nobody-likes-potholeshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/nobody-likes-potholes#commentsMon, 18 Jan 2016 08:18:15 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/nobody-likes-potholes<p> Potholes get no love from anyone. Nobody thinks fondly back to the potholes of their youth, and nobody looks forward to hitting potholes on their way to work in <img alt="Wheel Alignment in Mansfield, MA" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1434/wheel-alignment-mansfield-ma.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />the morning. And yet, every spring, the roads around Mansfield, MA start showing new potholes. It&rsquo;s as sure of a sign of spring as the first robin or buds and fresh leaves on the trees, except nobody likes them.</p> <p> Potholes are a problem in any area that&rsquo;s subject to freeze/thaw cycles; the water in the soil under the pavement freezes and expands, putting stress on the asphalt. As the moist soil thaws, the stressed asphalt will sag and crack, allowing more moisture to seep in. The weight of vehicles pummels that already-weakened pavement until it fails altogether, and then a pothole is born.</p> <p> As you know, the highway department isn&rsquo;t always in a big hurry to fix potholes one they develop. Sometimes you can dodge them or straddle them as you go over, but sometimes you just can&rsquo;t and you drop a wheel into a pothole so hard it sounds like a bomb going off under the car.</p> <p> Potholes can be a real problem for your car. If you hit a pothole fast enough and hard enough, it can blow a <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/catalog/search_by">tire,</a> throw a wheel out of balance bend a rim or even cause an accident. The impact from a pothole can also be enough to damage steering and suspension components&nbsp;or <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/wheel-alignment">knock a wheel out of its alignment specs</a>. &nbsp;If that happens, that&rsquo;s when you should come to us at New England Tire Car Care Center in Mansfield, MA.</p> <p> A wheel that&rsquo;s out of alignment can mean more than an annoying pull to one side while you&rsquo;re trying to drive in a straight line. That wheel is pulling the car to one side because it&rsquo;s trying to steer it in another direction, and that means added rolling resistance and friction while your vehicle is making its way down the road, compromising your fuel economy. As that wheel is dragged along, it will also be scrubbing tread from the tire in an uneven pattern, wearing the tire prematurely. It might not sound like much, but consider this: if a car with a wheel that&rsquo;s out of alignment by only 1/8&rdquo; was to go one mile with no steering input from the driver, it would drift 28 feet off of a straight line in the course of that mile.</p> <p> At New England Tire Car Care Center in Mansfield, MA, our alignment techs are equipped with the latest in wheel alignment equipment to make sure that your car&rsquo;s front wheels are in compliance with factory specs. That means better drivability, better road manners, better fuel economy and (of course) no more premature tire wear!</p> <p> If you&rsquo;re noticing unevenly worn tires, steering that pulls to one side, steering that feels clumsy or &ldquo;heavy&rdquo; or a steering wheel that no longer wants to center itself readily after turning a corner, <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">make an appointment </a>with us at New England Tire Car Care Center. And try to stay out of those potholes!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/nobody-likes-potholes/feed0Let’s Talk Oil Changeshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/let-s-talk-oil-changeshttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/let-s-talk-oil-changes#commentsMon, 04 Jan 2016 16:38:25 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/let-s-talk-oil-changes<p> For years, it&rsquo;s been an article of faith that <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/oil-change-service-attleboro-ma">oil changes</a> are the best way to get the most miles out of your engine. But why is that true? Why are oil changes so important?</p> <p> <img alt="Oil Changes in Attleboro MA" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1429/oil-changes-attleboro-ma.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> An automobile engine is designed and assembled to extremely tight tolerances. The tight fit between moving parts means that a great deal of friction is created; motor oil is the film of lubrication that helps cut the wear created by friction and helps disperse heat. Without oil, parts like pistons and bearings would soon overheat to a point where they will actually fuse to each other, seizing the engine.</p> <p> Inside the cylinders, the spark plugs set off explosions of a fuel/air mixture, generating power. Those explosions also create a lot of byproducts like carbon, acids and other chemicals. Along with tiny metal shavings from moving parts, these contaminants will start to dirty up the engine&rsquo;s oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that will suspend contaminants so that they can be trapped in the oil filter as the oil circulates. Over time, though, the filter&rsquo;s paper element will become saturated and carbon will start to build up as sludgy deposits on bearings, valve components, and other parts. If motor oil is left for this long, it&rsquo;s essentially lost its lubricating properties and engine wear will soon start to accelerate.</p> <p> For quite a long time, manufacturers and oil companies recommended a 3,000-mile interval between oil changes. Just as cars have advanced in the last 20 years, though, so has motor oil. Newer formulations of conventional oil can easily go 5,000 miles between changes with no significant sludge buildup.</p> <p> <strong>Synthetic Oil &ndash; Is It Worth It? </strong></p> <p> You have undoubtedly seen the TV commercials for synthetic motor oil, and might be wondering if it&rsquo;s really that superior to conventional oil. The answer: an unconditional yes.</p> <p> Synthetic oil has several real advantages:</p> <p> Even the most carefully refined conventional oil has impurities like paraffin and salts. Synthetic oil, developed entirely in a laboratory, is much more pure.</p> <p> Synthetic oil is more stable and uniform at the molecular level. That means increased &ldquo;shear strength&rdquo; &ndash; the shear point is the point at which oil is squeezed completely out from between two surfaces.</p> <p> Conventional oil tends to thicken at low temperatures and thin out when subjected to extreme heat. Synthetic oil retains the same flow properties across a wide range of temperatures, doing a better job of protecting the engine in extreme hot or cold weather.</p> <p> Turbochargers spin at extremely high speeds, often over 200,000 rpms. That means they generate tremendous heat, and synthetic motor oils get to the moving parts of a turbocharger faster and better.</p> <p> While synthetic motor oils are about twice as expensive per quart, their superior lubricating properties make them worth it. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that synthetics can easily go 7,000-12,000 miles between oil changes (or more), offsetting the added per quart cost.</p> <p> Synthetics are now the preferred motor oil for just about every manufacturer&rsquo;s new cars. While earlier formulations of synthetic oil were reputed to cause engine seals and gaskets to degrade and leak, this isn&rsquo;t really a problem anymore. Even an older car with 200,000 miles on it can benefit from the enhanced protection of synthetic motor oil.</p> <p> At New England Tire Car Care Center in Attleboro, MA, we do a lot of oil changes. We also see a lot of cars with high mileage on the odometer and really clean, tight engines thanks to a regular oil change schedule. What&rsquo;s your odometer say? Make an<a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments"> appointmen</a>t with us for an oil change soon!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/let-s-talk-oil-changes/feed0Get A Jump On Winterizing Your Carhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/fall-s-here-get-a-jump-on-winterizing-your-carhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/fall-s-here-get-a-jump-on-winterizing-your-car#commentsThu, 05 Nov 2015 14:19:36 -0500TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/fall-s-here-get-a-jump-on-winterizing-your-car<div> <img alt="auto repair in Attleboro, MA" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1410/auto-repair-Attleboro-MA.jpg" style="margin: 5px; width: 300px; height: 199px; float: right;" />If you&rsquo;ve been living in&nbsp;New England&nbsp;for very long, you know what the winters are like here&hellip;&rdquo;cold,&rdquo; &ldquo;tough&rdquo; and &ldquo;unforgiving&rdquo; are three words that quickly spring to mind. At <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/">New England Tire Car Care Centers</a>, we&rsquo;re big believers in getting out in front of winter and getting your car ready to roll before the weather gets rough. Here are some great ideas to get a jump on winter:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> <strong>Battery: </strong>Ever notice how so many batteries do not last until the end of their warranty? That&rsquo;s because cold weather is really tough on a car&rsquo;s battery. In sub-freezing weather, the chemical process that goes on in your battery slows down considerably. At 5 degrees F, your battery has less than half its rated cranking power. When you bear in mind that motor oil is thicker in cold weather, putting more stress on a battery just to turn the engine over, it&rsquo;s easy to understand how the cold is the enemy of your battery. Make sure that your battery cables are snug and that there&rsquo;s no buildup of corrosion on the posts and clamps, and have your battery checked for cranking power.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Wipers and Fluid: </strong>Even the best wipers are only good for about a year. Between the sun&rsquo;s UV rays and normal wear, the elements take their toll on the rubber. Check the wipers for cracks, splits, chunks or strips of rubber peeling away. Also make sure your washer reservoir is always filled with good-quality washer fluid, and remember that a coat or two of RainX can make your wipers&rsquo; job much easier.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Motor Oil: </strong>Newer formulations of motor oil aren&rsquo;t as prone to the changes in viscosity according to temperature, but they do still become somewhat thicker in extreme cold, reducing their ability to make it to all moving parts quickly. This might be a good time to consider switching to a good synthetic; synthetic oils are not as prone to thicken in cold weather</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>Tires:</strong> Be sure to check your tire pressure and condition all around, and possibly invest in a set of winter tires. Just remember once it warms up again, that winter tires shouldn&rsquo;t be driven when temperatures rise above 40 degrees.&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Cooling System: </strong>Your coolant should be a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. Get a look at the coolant; it should be bright green, or with some newer formulations, pink, orange or gold. Is it discolored, dirty or showing signs of rust? Then it&rsquo;s time for a cooling system flush (check your service intervals).&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Trouble Bag:</strong> It&rsquo;s always, always a good idea to have an emergency kit for winter. You should consider a first-aid kit, a blanket, sweater, flashlight, jumper cables, protein-rich snacks, a tow strap, a sharp knife and maybe a multi-tool, flares or triangles and perhaps a cheap, fully-charged flip phone.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The last thing you want this winter is to be stranded somewhere when the snow&rsquo;s coming down and the temperatures are plunging. Don&rsquo;t wait until the last minute &ndash; <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">schedule an appointment at New England Tire Car Care Centers</a> in Attleboro, Mansfield, Seekonk,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Northboro, Ma and&nbsp;Warwick, RI, &nbsp;and let us make sure your car&rsquo;s ready for the rigors of winter driving.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/fall-s-here-get-a-jump-on-winterizing-your-car/feed0Wheel Alignments: How Often Do They Need to Be Done? http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/wheel-alignments-how-often-do-they-need-to-be-donehttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/wheel-alignments-how-often-do-they-need-to-be-done#commentsMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:53:06 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/wheel-alignments-how-often-do-they-need-to-be-done<div> <img alt="Wheel Alignment in Seekonk, MA" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1408/wheel-alignment-seekonk-ma.jpg" style="margin: 5px; width: 288px; height: 288px; float: right;" />At New England Tire Car Care Centers in Attleboro MA, we sometimes have customers wonder how often a wheel alignment should be performed on their vehicle. Truth is, wheel alignments aren&rsquo;t a routine-maintenance item that should be done at regular intervals.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On many vehicles, and especially with the right driving habits, a wheel alignment can stay in spec for a year or two at least. Here are some things to bear in mind when it comes to wheel alignments, however:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> Periodically check your car&rsquo;s front tires. Uneven wear patterns on the inside or outside edge of a tire are a sure sign of a front end alignment that is out of spec. Also remember that this sort of wear will invalidate a tire warranty, and is not covered.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Be aware of your vehicle&rsquo;s handling and general road manners. A noticeable pull to one side, on a straight road with un-crowned pavement and properly inflated tires, means that your front end alignment needs adjustment. Sometimes a tire rotation may cure this problem, but if the pull is still there after the rotation, you should have the alignment checked.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> A hard hit on railroad tracks, a curb or a pothole can be enough to jolt the front suspension components out of adjustment. If you notice a difference in your car&rsquo;s handling and straight-line stability after an incident like that, chances are it&rsquo;s time for a wheel alignment.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Older vehicles with many hard miles on them will begin to wear front end parts like ball joints and tie rod ends. On these vehicles, the extra play and slop in these parts may mean more trouble in maintaining proper alignment angles, and more frequent adjustments might be necessary.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> When you&rsquo;re buying a new set of tires, it just makes sense to have an alignment performed at the same time. You want those tires to start their life with the best alignment and most even wear patterns possible!</li> </ul> <div> It&rsquo;s also worth noting that some makes and models of vehicles are more prone to alignment drift due to their design and manufacturing. If you ask, some shops may shade the truth on this a little in an effort to get your car in the shop and up on the alignment rack&hellip;but not our service advisors at New England Tire Car Care Centers.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> At <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/">New England Tire Car Care Center</a>, you can count on us for the best, most straightforward advice and top-quality car care. That includes front-end <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/wheel-alignment">alignments</a>, four-wheel alignments and all related suspension and steering service. If you&rsquo;re noticing a change in your car&rsquo;s handling or uneven wear patterns, it might be time to give us a call and <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">make an appointment</a>! &nbsp;</div> /blog/view/wheel-alignments-how-often-do-they-need-to-be-done/feed0Brake Systems Demystifiedhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/brake-systems-demystifiedhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/brake-systems-demystified#commentsTue, 15 Sep 2015 09:35:13 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/brake-systems-demystified<div> <img alt="Brake Repair in Warwick, RI" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1401/brake-repair-warwick-ri.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 199px; float: right;" />The essentials of your car&rsquo;s brakes haven&rsquo;t changed much in five or six decades, but it can still be confusing. At New England Tire Car Care Centers&nbsp;in Attleboro, Mansfield, Seekonk, Northborough, Ma. and Warwick, RI, we&rsquo;d like to clear things up and hopefully answer a few questions.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The first thing to remember is that the whole system relies on hydraulic pressure to operate. Think about taking a tablespoon of water in the palm of your hand and trying to throw it. Now, imagine that same tablespoon of water in a squirt gun or a syringe. Since the syringe or squirt gun can confine the water and put pressure behind it, it&rsquo;s naturally going to deliver the water farther. That&rsquo;s the principle behind hydraulics, and any problems with the hydraulics of your brakes will result in a brake repair job.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Let&rsquo;s start off with your brake pedal. The strut that your brake pedal is mounted on is connected to a rod, which in turn leads to the master cylinder, which is mounted just in front of the passenger compartment on the firewall. The master cylinder is a reservoir for brake fluid&nbsp;and has connections to the front and rear brake lines. When you step on the pedal, the rod actuates pistons inside the master cylinder, which compress hydraulic fluid in the brake lines. That hydraulic pressure goes to the wheels, each of which have their own piston-and-cylinder assembly to activate the brake pads. The master cylinder is aided by a power brake vacuum booster, which scavenges vacuum from the engine to multiply the force applied by the brake pedal, making braking easier.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To understand disc brakes, it&rsquo;s useful to think of how the hand brakes on a bicycle work. Two pads grab a spinning wheel and reduce its speed via friction, and that&rsquo;s close to how automotive disc brakes work. Your car&rsquo;s wheels are bolted to a glassy-smooth, machined steel rotor (or &ldquo;disc&rdquo;) with a caliper mounted to the rotor. On each caliper is two pads of semi-metallic or ceramic friction material, backed by a piston. When the brakes are applied, hydraulic pressure activates the piston in the caliper and the pads squeeze and drag on the rotor, slowing the vehicle down.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Disc brakes were an improvement on the old drum braking system, but there are many vehicles still on the road that use drum brakes in the rear. Drum brakes consist of a cast-iron dish-shaped drum mounted behind the wheel. Inside the drum is a piston and two rods that are linked to curved brake shoes. When you apply the brakes, the piston actuates and expand the shoes toward the drum&rsquo;s lining, which drag and slow the vehicle down.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Since the 90s, almost all cars have been designed with antilock braking systems (ABS). In an ABS system, sensors monitor the speed of each wheel and sends that information to a processor. If a wheel is spinning much more slowly and could be on the verge of locking up and going into a skid, the processor meters braking effort via a system of valves and pumps to all four wheels, ensuring an even, safe stop. ABS systems were developed for aircraft in the 50s and actually made their debut with the &rsquo;71 Chrysler imperial. Newer cars incorporate ABS into their entire vehicle stability control system.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Without going too far in to technical detail, this is the essence of how a brake system works. At New England Tire&nbsp;Car Care Centers, we&rsquo;re happy to help if you&rsquo;re experiencing any <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/brakes">brake repair</a> problems with your vehicle. <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">Make an appointment with us today!</a></div> /blog/view/brake-systems-demystified/feed0Why Oil Changes Are More Important Than You Think http://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/why-oil-changes-are-more-important-than-you-thinkhttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/why-oil-changes-are-more-important-than-you-think#commentsFri, 19 Jun 2015 15:03:32 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/why-oil-changes-are-more-important-than-you-think<div> <img alt="Oil Changes in Warwick, RI" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1366/oil-change-Warwick-RI.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 225px; float: left;" />If you drive a lot and put a lot of miles on your car, it seems like every time you turn around it&rsquo;s time for an oil change again. <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/oil-change-service-warwick-ri">Oil changes</a> start to seem like a nuisance when you&rsquo;ve got to get them done every couple of months. Are they really that important?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The answer to that question is an unequivocal, unconditional yes.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The idea is to coat moving parts with a thin film of slippery oil to reduce friction, disperse heat and limit the internal parts&rsquo; exposure to oxidation. The combustion that goes on inside your engine&rsquo;s cylinders generates a lot of carbon and other by-products, which eventually make their way into your motor oil. Over time, oil breaks down at the molecular level, losing its lubricating properties; in addition, it starts to pick up the carbon and contaminants from the combustion process. The pleated paper element in the oil filter will catch much of those contaminants, but over time the filter becomes saturated and can no longer absorb any more particles. That&rsquo;s when oil starts to turn to sludge, leaving deposits of gunk on critical engine assemblies and inhibiting performance.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Before the mid-1950s, engines didn&rsquo;t feature oil filters (or even oil pumps, in many cases), and detergent motor oils hadn&rsquo;t been invented yet. Engines had to be &ldquo;de-coked&rdquo; at regular intervals, which meant running a thin motor oil/kerosene mix in the crankcase for a few minutes, which would hopefully act as a solvent and break up deposits on the bearings and other moving parts. Considering the manufacturing and machining technology of the time, a car might be due for an engine overhaul at only 80,000 miles or so!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We&rsquo;ve come a long way since then; modern formulations of mineral-based oil can go 3,000-5,000 miles between oil changes (with no need for &ldquo;de-coking&rdquo;!). Synthetic motor oil, while more expensive, is more effective at lubrication and can go 10,000 miles or more (check manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations).&nbsp;</div> <div> So what&rsquo;s the alternative to regular oil changes? What happens if you neglect them?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Well, the particles and contaminants that make used motor oil so dark and smelly will build up on moving parts and will increase friction, heat and wear, and you&rsquo;ll need an engine rebuild. You can keep up on oil changes and go for 200,000 miles or more on the engine, or you can have an expensive overhaul done before you reach 80,000 miles. Not much of a choice, is it?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> When did you last have your oil changed? If you can&rsquo;t remember, it might be time for another one. Make an appointment with us at New England Tire Car Care Centers and we&rsquo;ll perform an oil change with your choice of synthetic or conventional oil and make sure that you&rsquo;re good to go for a few thousand more miles! For&nbsp;New England&#39;s&nbsp;first choice in tires, <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/services">auto repair</a>, and oil changes, schedule an <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">appointment</a> with&nbsp;NEW ENGLAND TIRE&nbsp;<em>Car Care Centers </em>for all your vehicle maintenance.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/why-oil-changes-are-more-important-than-you-think/feed0Don’t Get Hothead This Summer : A/C Servicehttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/don-t-get-hothead-this-summer-a-c-servicehttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/don-t-get-hothead-this-summer-a-c-service#commentsFri, 05 Jun 2015 08:08:24 -0400TCShttp://newenglandtire.com/blog/view/don-t-get-hothead-this-summer-a-c-service<div> <img alt="AC Repair for New England Car Care Centers" src="http://newenglandtire.com/images/display/1365/ac-repair-new-england-car-care-centers.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Summer&rsquo;s going to be here before you know it, and it&rsquo;s time to start giving some thought to auto A/C repair. You don&rsquo;t like driving around in a hot, sticky car and neither does anyone else. After all, an A/C system that barely works isn&rsquo;t much better than one that doesn&rsquo;t work at all. Here are a few things to bear in mind when you&rsquo;re contemplating auto A/C repair:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> In effect, your car&rsquo;s A/C system is a heat exchanger, moving hot air out of the vehicle and replacing it with colder air. You can help it do its job more effectively if you can park in the shade with your windows down an inch or two. When you get in the car and drive off, lower all four windows for the first few minutes, helping to evacuate the hot air from the car&rsquo;s interior, &nbsp;making it easier for the A/C system to fill the car with cold air again.</li> <li> In many, many cases, an A/C system that isn&rsquo;t blowing cold air is just low on refrigerant. A car that&rsquo;s only six or seven years old can still lose refrigerant over the colder months as seals, gaskets, hoses and other components shrink or degrade. In these instances, rather than an auto A/C repair, all that&rsquo;s needed is a recharge of the system. At New England Tire Car Care Centers, we use a refrigerant that contains an oil to lubricate the compressor and a fluorescent dye that can easily indicate any leaks in the system.</li> <li> If you&rsquo;re driving an older car from before 1994, chances are it was designed to use R12 Freon refrigerant. R12 was found to be harmful to the ozone layer; since the &rsquo;94 model year, the government has mandated R134a refrigerant. Today, R12 is difficult to come by, but it&rsquo;s pretty easy to retrofit older systems to use modern R134a refrigerant. Give us a call and we&rsquo;ll gladly update your system by performing this minor auto A/C repair.</li> <li> Lubrication is an essential part of any auto A/C system, so remember in the cooler months to run your car&rsquo;s AC once a week or so. Even running the system for a few minutes can circulate refrigerant and oil through the system, keeping the compressor lubricated and the valves, lines and seals conditioned. Remembering this simple tip can prevent a costly auto AC repair in the warmer months!</li> </ul> <div> If your auto A/C isn&rsquo;t performing up to speed, don&rsquo;t worry and in most cases, all that&rsquo;s needed is a simple A/C tune-up and not an expensive auto <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/cooling-system-maintenance">A/C repair</a>. Give us a call at New England Tire Car Care Centers, set up an <a href="http://newenglandtire.com/appointments">appointment</a> and we&rsquo;ll make sure that you and your car are ready for the warm summer months to come!</div> /blog/view/don-t-get-hothead-this-summer-a-c-service/feed0