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Switch Your Winter Tires Out for Summer Tires on the Off Season

If you have two different sets of tires that you change between for the cold weather and the summer months, it's best to keep it that way. Winter tires work exceptionally well when the roads are covered with snow and ice. However, you could very well compromise the tread's integrity on your vehicle if you leave them on all year long. The problem with this is, tires are an expensive investment. It doesn't make sense to invest in a brand new set of winter tires, only to wear them out in the warm weather months. 

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Is it Time to Make the Switch to Winter Wiper Blades?

You may not realize you're putting yourself in danger if you are driving year-round with summer wiper blades on your vehicle. At our service department, we recommend that our customers switch over to winter wiper blades when they come in to have us switch over to their set of winter tires.

Because summer wiper blades are designed with lattice arms with moving parts, a lightweight frame and a thinner layer of natural rubber that makes contact with the windshield, they are not designed to handle very low temperatures and the extremes caused by ice, blizzards and snow.  

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Know Your Winter Tires

Winter is here! We can deny it all we want or we can get some good winter tires. Our staff at State Park Motors wants you to be an informed driver when purchasing new winter tires. It’s important to know the difference and now what you need. With so many brands and types available, it can be hard to decide, so we’ve broken it down for you a little.

Stud-less ice/snow tires will provide you the best traction on ice and snow while studded tires are great for ice traction but will need studs if you’re…

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The Basics of Truck Bed Liners

While there are many different types of after-market bed liners you can put into your truck, it might make more sense to get something from the dealership. That way, your truck will be ready to get work done right when you drive off the lot.

There are two main types of bed liners. Drop-in liners, as the name suggests, are physically dropped into place. They're bolted down so they won't shift positions, and they're usually made out of a hard, durable plastic.  

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Maintain Your Timing Belt

Modern vehicles usually have a timing belt instead of a timing chain. If the belt breaks or stops turning, then you're left with a vehicle that doesn't run at all. Car manufacturers started replacing chains with belts because they are lighter in weight and don't get jammed as easily on parts that surround the device. 

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Back-to-School Auto Checkup

Caring for your car is always important, but back to school time emphasizes the need to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the demands of the seasons ahead. Whether you are a parent with children at home or sending one or more off to school, checking the condition of your vehicles is an essential task.

Drivers know the importance of regular maintenance. Back to school time is an ideal period to check on the oil, fluids, battery, and tires. You should check the dash for warning lights and resolve issues like tire pressure and engine service. 

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Is Having the Wrong Tire Pressure Dangerous?

Keeping your tires at the right pressure is crucial to saving fuel and keeping you safe. Did you know that when you put too much air in a tire that you force the vehicle to operate on a tiny piece of the tread? This action means that you do not have enough surface area touching the road should you need to make an evasive maneuver.

Your tires can heat up fast and wear too soon when they do not have enough air. Running them with low air can reduce your traction making it difficult in dry conditions, let alone wet…

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Using Clay Bar to Clear Contaminants from Your Car's Paint Job

Clay bar is a sticky blue product that helps remove contaminants that have become embedded in a vehicle's paint job. Brake dust, insects, paint overspray, sap, and other airborne contaminants can conspire over time to remove the brilliant shine that makes you so proud of your car. Clay bar can be used on most surfaces: metal, glass, painted plastic, chrome, etc.

While clay barring your car can help restore its finish to its original glory, it is not something that you want to do every time you wash your car. 

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Waxing Your Vehicle Will Extend the Life of the Paint

Applying car wax to your vehicle is a great way to help extend the life of the exterior paint. While it is true that the quality of the paint may not affect the vehicle's performance, it is also true that degraded paint can lead to rust and will detract from the vehicle's overall value.

Wax serves as a barrier to outside elements that can be detrimental to the paint, such as rainwater with pollutants, UV rays and other harmful materials. Using wax on the vehicle will also make the paint appear new because it fills in small scratches…

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Tire Cleaning Tips to Keep in Mind This Spring

It is important to keep an eye on your tires to make sure they are always in good shape. You should make sure that the tread is not too low on all four of your tires. The wear pattern should be about the same on all four as well. If your vehicle needs a good wash and wax, make sure to pay attention to your wheels. Here's some great tips that our professional service technicians here at State Park Motors Inc have to pass on to you:

  • Always use professional grade products to treat your wheels. Different products are…
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