March 2018 - V&F Auto Inc

State Inspections: Tire Guidelines

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!

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

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

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

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 […]

Avoiding Rusty Engine Coolant

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. […]