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State Inspections: Tire Guidelines

March 30th, 2018 by

New tires typically come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depths, and some truck, SUV, and winter tires may have even deeper tread depths than other models. In Massachusetts, the minimum tire tread depth is 2/32 inches. This means that all of your tires must have at least 2/32 inches of tread depth in the proper

Help! There’s a nail in my tire!

March 28th, 2018 by

Tires can become damaged without the driver’s knowledge. The most common damages are caused by cuts, punctures, and impact. In this article, we’ll talk about how they happen and the best way to avoid them: Cuts Cuts are tears in your tire tread. Cuts are the result of an external influence, such as potholes, protruding

Metal on Metal: Deeper Damage

March 27th, 2018 by

As a part that’s under a lot of stress, your brakes will wear out over time. “Metal to metal” is the term used to describe brake pads or shoes that have worn through all of their friction material. When this happens, the metal backing of the pad or shoe rubs on the rotor or drum,

The Dangers of a Broken Wheel Stud

March 22nd, 2018 by

Wheel studs are designed to keep your tires and wheels safely secured to your car. In most cases, these hard steel components don’t go bad or wear out.  However, because the wheel stud is exposed to the elements and takes on tremendous daily stress, there are other issues that can cause these parts to wear

Common Signs of a Leaking Exhaust

March 19th, 2018 by

Your car’s exhaust system is made of pipes which guide harmful exhaust gases away from the engine and into the outside atmosphere.  Exhaust gas typically flows through the exhaust manifold, the catalytic converter, the resonator and finally the muffler, which connects to the tailpipe.  If there’s a problem with this system, poisonous gases can travel

5 Ways to Prevent Rust

March 16th, 2018 by

Good cars are regularly sent to early graves because of it, but rust is a highly preventable problem. Now that you understand the rusting process, the types of rust to watch for, and the problematic areas, let’s talk about how to prevent rust in the first place. 1) Know your vehicle (and what it’s made

Signs of Rust (And What Causes Them)

March 14th, 2018 by

Rust: if your car has it, you’re probably not happy about it. But, when left unchecked, a rust spot can quickly grow until it causes a structural problem. In many states a car with rust holes in the body won’t pass inspection, regardless where the spots are located or how serious they are. For these

Avoiding Rusty Engine Coolant

March 5th, 2018 by

Coolant is crucial to your engine’s operation. Rusty, old, or leaking coolant could be a sign of a serious problem. But how do you know if it’s serious? The Basics Before we dive into potential problems, let’s cover the basics. Each manufacturer uses different types of coolant in their vehicles, with different levels of dilution.

Leaking Shocks and Struts

March 2nd, 2018 by

Shocks and struts are crucial to a smooth ride but, like all parts of your vehicle, the suspension will wear out over time. Let’s Review In case you missed our articles on a shock and strut replacement, let’s review the basics. Shock absorbers are mechanical or hydraulic devices that keep your the car from bouncing

Is it time to replace your shocks and struts?

March 1st, 2018 by

Like all parts of your vehicle, the suspension will wear out over time. Shocks and struts tend to be most susceptible to wear, especially here in New England where the winter potholes can really put your suspension to the test. The interval for shock and strut maintenance will vary depending on your vehicle’s make, model,