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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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