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Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in MEMPHIS

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in MEMPHIS

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call Winchester Tire & Alignment at 901.345.5484 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our MEMPHIS, TN, service center on 1830 WINCHESTER RD. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for rotating the ... read more

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Timing Belt

Automotive Tips from Winchester Tire & Alignment: Wiper Blade Options

Wiper blades are critically important to MEMPHIS drivers 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. MEMPHIS drivers should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle. If you live in TN where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or you do a lot of highway driving, you may want to upgrade to a more advanced design or premium quality wiper blade. Your friendly and professional Winchester Tire & Alignment service advisor can share the options available for your vehicle and help you decide which wiper blades are optimal for you.Give us a call.Winchester Tire & Alignment1830 WINCHESTER RDMEMPHIS, TN 38116901.345.5484http://www.winchestertire.com

A New Battery in MEMPHIS

A New Battery in MEMPHIS

Hello MEMPHIS drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in MEMPHIS, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.The weather where you live in TN also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the vehicle eng ... read more

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Battery

Give me a Brake (Light)!

If that little brake warning light pops up on your dash, do you know what it means? Well, if you said no, you wouldn't be alone. You know it has something to do with your brakes, but exactly what? You're not sure. One of the reasons is that it could mean a lot of different things. It could be something simple, like you put your parking brake on and forgot to take it off. Easy fix, you're on the road in seconds. Or, it could mean there's something wrong with your anti-lock brake system. That is a pretty complex symphony of speed sensors, computers and wiring, and sometimes things get a little out of whack. You could have a defective sensor or some wiring may have gotten damaged or come loose. A trained technician at Winchester Tire & Alignment with special equipment can sort it all out. It's also possible you have low brake fluid. That could be caused by a number of things. One simple reason is that your brake pads have worn down. Replacing them could solve the problem. Another possibil ... read more

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Brake Service , Brakes

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
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