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Stay Headed in the Right Direction, MEMPHIS

Stay Headed in the Right Direction, MEMPHIS

Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in MEMPHIS, TN, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine. Contact the automotive professionals at Winchester Tire & Alignment in MEMPHIS for questions about your power steering. The pump generates power that assists drivers as they steer their vehicle around MEMPHIS, TN. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it's a good idea to have Winchester Tire & Alignment inspect them at every oil change. A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at Winchester Tire & Alignment because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it's important to use the correct type – just ask yo ... read more

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Steering

A Stitch in Time at Winchester Tire & Alignment

You probably have heard that expression, "A stitch in time saves nine." In other words, if you fix an issue at its early stages, it will prevent a much more difficult problem later. That's certainly the case with your vehicle, and here's a true story to demonstrate it. A driver noticed his vehicle was due for an oil change, so he took it in to his service facility early in the morning so he could wait while the work was performed. The technician routinely checks the battery on vehicles just before extreme weather is approaching (cold or hot), so with winter coming up, he hooked up the load tester (it measures voltage while a load is put on the battery). It showed the battery wasn't holding a charge well. The technician checked the manufacturing date on the battery, too (most batteries have a date stamped in code somewhere on them). The date showed it was five years old. While batteries can last more than five years, many technicians say you should expect to get anywhere from three to s ... read more

Odometer Rollback on Your MEMPHIS, TN Vehicle

Odometer Rollback on Your MEMPHIS, TN Vehicle

How do MEMPHIS drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect TN consumers against mileage fraud. It says a TN seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in MEMPHIS, TN, stop by Winchester Tire & Alignment: Winchester Tire & Alignment 1830 WINCHESTER RD MEMPHIS, TN 38116   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can MEMPHIS vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a comprehensiv ... read more

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Older Vehicles

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Winchester Tire & Alignment

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Winchester Tire & Alignment

If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in MEMPHIS. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding of why that is, let's talk bicycles.You've probably seen plenty of cyclists on MEMPHIS roads. Perhaps you ride yourself. Then you know that a cyclist's cadence is the number of times per minute he or she pedals. The ideal pedal speed is the zone where they can most efficiently generate power over a sustained period of time. The experienced TN cyclist uses her gears to keep her pedal speed in the ideal zone whether she's climbing a hill, cruising on a flat stretch or killing a downhill.Think of it this way: if you have a 1-speed bike, you really have to pump hard to get up to speed. Your top speed is limited by how fast as you can pedal. And if you're climbing a steep TN hil ... read more

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Transmission

Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in MEMPHIS, TN

Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in MEMPHIS, TN

Everyone in MEMPHIS, TN eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in MEMPHIS, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the selection process.One category is often referred to as "summer tires". Summer tires are designed to be driven on the road when temperatures are generally above 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Their tread design is optimized for traction on dry roads around TN and they're also able to effectively displace water on rainy roads.So if you live where its summer all year round, these tires will work well for you. If you like maximum performance in warm weather, but still live where it gets cold and snowy, you'll want to change your summer tires for winter tires as the weather starts to change.There's a range of tires within the winter tire category. If you live where there's a lot of snow and ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in MEMPHIS

Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in MEMPHIS

Many MEMPHIS drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a MEMPHIS road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start, stop and turn.If you've ever ridden in a vehicle with bad shocks, you know how it wallows on corners. The front end dives when you hit the brakes and the rear end squats when you accelerate. It's not only uncomfortable, it is difficult to handle.You may have heard vehicles described as having “flat cornering." That means that when you take a corner, the body doesn't roll very much. When shocks start to get worn, your vehicle will roll more on corners. The weight of your vehicle's bod ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Good Service at Winchester Tire & Alignment Equals Good Fuel Economy in MEMPHIS

Whether we're trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us MEMPHIS drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in TN, but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our fuel economy through preventive maintenance and more courteous driving?The US government has a website that actually answers that question. Let's look at some of the data and find out if any of these fuel-saving ideas are really worth the effort. We've all heard that a tune-up can improve gas mileage. It turns out that it can save us 4% at the pump. At $3.50 a gallon, that's 14¢ per gallon in savings, and at $4.00 a gallon, that's a 16¢ per gallon savings.Other common repair items can also save you at the pump. For example, if your oxygen sensor is faulty, it's not delivering the information to your engine's computer that allows it to calculate the right fuel-to-air ratio. The result? The fue ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Is Your MEMPHIS Driving Severe?

Is Your MEMPHIS Driving Severe?

People near MEMPHIS, TN, often ask Winchester Tire & Alignment how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your MEMPHIS, TN, service advisor at Winchester Tire & Alignment look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in MEMPHIS will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less than ten miles (16 km) and outside te ... read more

Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Winchester Tire & Alignment

All of us in MEMPHIS know we have to get the oil changed in our vehicles periodically. That's just part of good vehicle care. But when Winchester Tire & Alignment technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That's why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your vehicle.Don't just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. MEMPHIS area drivers really do need to change their air filter when it gets dirty. You can check your owner's manual to see how often your air filter should need to be changed, but remember, if you live in an area in TN with poor air quality, or if you drive a lot or drive under harsh conditions in the MEMPHIS area, you may need to change that filter more often than is recommended.Changing an air filter isn't guesswork. If a filter's dirty, it needs to be replaced. Air filters aren't very expensive at ... read more

Your Well Trained Technician at Winchester Tire & Alignment

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in MEMPHIS, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Winchester Tire & Alignment professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep MEMPHIS gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The mode ... read more

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Safety
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