Signs That You Need to Change Your Tires

Mechanic changing tire in shop.

Your tires are one of the main components keeping you safe when you’re behind the wheel. Keep them in top shape to ensure an efficient, comfortable, and safe drive.

Wear

Tires wear over time and depending on where they show signs of wear will give you insight on the cause. When a tire is overinflated, wear localizes in the center; when it is underinflated, wear is noticeable on the shoulder or outside of the tire.

Tread

Tread is what lets the tires grip the road. An easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take the penny test. By inserting a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head down, you can determine if the tread has worn down too low if you see the top of Lincoln’s head poking out. If you can’t see the top of his head, you’re good to go for a while longer.

Cracks and blisters

Cracks running along the sidewall and bulges in the rubber are signs of tire degradation. It’s best to replace the tire as soon as possible to avoid a dangerous blowout.

Vibration

All vehicles have a little vibration while moving, but excessive vibration could be a sign of problems. More often than not, out-of-balance wheels can vibrate the vehicle. Ignoring an issue like that can lead to damage to the wheel, brakes, or axle.

The experts at the Mike Raisor Buick GMC Cadillac service department are able to assist in any of your tire maintenance or replacement needs.

3 Tips to Keep Your Cadillac in Top Shape in Cold Weather

2019 Cadillac Escalade Premium in Cold Weather Lafayette, IN

Cold weather tends to hit unprepared or neglected cars the hardest, and that can result in a major headache for drivers. Check out these tips to keep your Cadillac in top shape in cold weather.

Coolant

Coolant, commonly known as antifreeze, keeps the engine from freezing up in cold weather. A vehicle low on coolant could be in trouble. Most dealership technicians recommend a 50/50 mix of coolant and water in the radiator. Mixing water with the coolant helps further lower the engine freezing point than coolant alone.

Battery

If a battery is weak during warmer weather, it’s very likely it will be a dead battery once cold temperatures roll around. A simple volt test can help determine if a battery is strong enough to survive winter. Drivers can keep their battery in working order by making sure its secure, tightening connections, and scraping any corrosion off the posts. If the battery is more than three or four years old, it may be best to replace it with a new one.

Tire Pressure

As cold weather rolls in, tire pressure tends to fall with the temperature. Low tire pressure can result in increased tire wear and a loss in traction. Keeping the tires properly inflated can help improve efficiency and grip on slick roadways.

For more tips on how to keep your Cadillac in working order this winter, contact the service department at Mike Raisor Cadillac.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Cadillac

Get better gas mileage this year in a 2019 Cadillac CT6

The New Year offers us a clean slate. You can find new adventures, change old habits, or simply improve on the skills you’re already developing. At Mike Raisor Cadillac, we strive to improve our driving habits using some of these tips.

Improve Fuel Efficiency

A common New Year’s resolution is to save money. However, setting concrete and measurable goals can help you reach them. You can count how much money you spend on gas in a given year, and try to spend less than the year before. Opting for an eco-friendly vehicle like the 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will help you save money on gas and save the planet.

On an everyday basis, remove any heavy or unnecessary items from your vehicle to reduce the payload. Pay close attention to your driving habits, too. If you find yourself with a lead foot, you may be burning gas faster than necessary.

Keep Your Cadillac Clean

Staying organized is a great goal to have for the New Year, and it doesn’t have to stop with your home. Having a clean, organized car will keep your mind clear, too. Invest in organization tools, such as a car trash can and an emergency kit for your trunk. Every time you fill up your gas tank, sort through the car for any trash and throw it out. 

If you’re not ready to upgrade your vehicle just yet, make sure you bring it into Mike Raisor Cadillac for its regular maintenance. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you’ll reduce the risk of needing to spend money on costly repairs.

Visit us at Mike Raisor Cadillac for all of your maintenance needs, or to find the perfect new Cadillac car for the New Year.