There was a time when a vehicle owner could perform all sorts of DIY repairs on a car without too much worry of things going wrong. Today’s vehicles, however, make it much harder to do lots of things without quickly getting over one’s head. If you’re determined to still do things yourself, though, these tips can help you get through the repair job unscathed:
--Be careful where you put that jack. If you’ve got to get the vehicle off the ground, whether it’s in your garage or at the side of the road, there are jack points that are designated by the manufacturer. Jacking in a different spot can damage the vehicle or the body work, and can be extremely risky. If you’ve got to get underneath the vehicle, make sure you use jackstands to securely hold it in place before you crawl under! ...[more]
You come out to the parking lot after work and discover that a tire is completely flat. Bummer!
Can that tire be repaired? Maybe.
First off, often a tire that blows out at highway speed can’t be repaired. More often than not, when a tire fails at 50 mph or more, it will be shredded beyond repair by the time you slow down and get to the shoulder. Even if it doesn’t shred, the internal damage to the tire may be too catastrophic to make repair possible.
In the case of a slow leak, though, your chances are better. If the leak came from a nail or other piece of debris, the tire can usually be patched from inside using rubber patches and cement, providing the hole is less than ¼” in diameter. That is, providing there’s been no damage to the tire’s belts or intern ...[more]
A quality set of brake pads can easily last for 60,000 miles. The hard ceramic or semi metallic friction material of the pads wears so slowly and gradually, it can be easy to not notice when the pads are wearing to a point of needing replacement. These are all certain signs to watch out for, though:
- Strong pull to one side while braking
- Tendency for one or more wheels to lock up and skid while braking
- Excessive brake pedal travel before brakes actually engage
- Pulsation or vibration that can be felt through steering wheel or brake pedal while braking, due to a brake rotor that’s out of spec and slightly warped
- Squealing, groaning or metallic grinding noises while braking
Of all these, the metal-to-metal grinding noi ...[more]
Very hot and very cold temperatures are both really stressful on a car's battery. While sometimes a battery will just fail without warning, usually you'll at least have some signs that battery trouble is imminent. Here are some things to watch for:
-- Lack of reserve power: The battery turns the engine over just fine at first, but quickly begins to slow down. That means there just isn't a lot of juice left in reserve in the battery, and its cranking power is being quickly depleted as you start the engine.
-- Slow cranking: See above.
-- Dim headlights: Headlights aren't really much of a current draw on the electrical system. If your headlights are dim while the engine's running or if they get brighter as the engine ...[more]
Summer road trips are great, but they can also really try the patience of everyone in the car. To make your road trip a little more bearable, help keep the peace and help in case worse comes to worst, here's a checklist of things to keep on board in your car for an emergency kit:
- - Sunblock, in case everyone's stuck by the side of the road waiting for help
- - Handi-wipes
- - High-protein snacks that will make everyone feel full a little longer if you're stranded
- - A gallon of water, plus a bottle of water for each person in the car
- - Paper towels or rags, plus a grocery bag or two for trash
- - Multi-tool with pliers, scissors, knife, screwdrivers, etc. Go ahead and spend a little money for a good on ...[more]
We all know Fresno pretty well. It’s a great town and the single biggest city in inland California. From the Van Ness Extension to the Tower District, Huntington Boulevard, Sunnyside, West Side, and Downtown, it’s a place we all know and love, with a little something for everyone. Shopping, schools, theaters, nightclubs, parks and a diverse, rich population all make Fresno what it is today, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
At Ramon’s Tire & Auto, we’re not far away at all, in Mendota. It’s an easy drive down 180 to get to us, where you’ll find some of the best deals on tires and auto repair in the area.
Today’s automatic transmissions are more sophisticated than ever, with processors and solenoids controlling much of their operating parameters. It can be hard to recognize signs of transmission problems until it’s too late, but there are still things that a driver should be alert to.
Changes in shift points: The transmission is designed to shift at certain speeds and RPM ranges according to load, or how hard you’re accelerating. Be on the lookout for things like the vehicle staying in first gear longer than usual, then the RPMs dropping drastically and possibly bogging the engine after the shift. That could be an indication of second gear not working. Also watch for “mushy” shifts, or harsh shifting that might even “bang” into gear. Any of ...[more]
Who doesn’t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.
1. Tires- The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire’s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn’t be used as your vehicle’s primary tires.
Keeping a well-maintained car is difficult. Routine oil changes, checking belts and tire pressure, only to name a few. Sometimes simple tasks are left undone because we assume it can wait until next time. The majority of auto repairs could be avoided if proper care was taken to the vehicle initially or if small repairs are remedied before they become worse. Among all these maintenance checks how important is wheel alignment?
Wheel alignments affect every part of a vehicle from fuel efficacy, tire wear, tire handling, and performance. Correct alignment plays an important role for the vehicle’s steering response/suspension and if not aligned correctly can cause costly repairs to the vehicle and tires.
The staff at Ramon’s Tire and Auto are proud to serve the Mendot ...[more]
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The new site offers inventory listings with pictures and specs. You can search a variety of ways including by vehicle and size.
With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important tire and service information.
We invite you to visit our new website today.