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How to Change a Flat Tire

Knowing how to change a flat tire is a necessary skill for all drivers. These days we rely on our cell phones for many things. However, there’s always the chance that you left your phone at home, your phone’s battery is dead, or the flat occurs while you’re in a dead zone with no cell service. Be prepared for these possibilities! Changing a flat tire is actually quite simple, and by learning this skill now, you’ll be ready for anything on the road. First off, make sure you have the proper tools. Some of these tools should come with your vehicle, and others are additional tools you can keep in your trunk that will make changing a flat tire a breeze. TOOLS YOU NEED TO FIX A FLAT TIRE These tools should have come with your vehicle Jack Lug Wrench Fully inflated spare tire Vehicle Owner’s manual Check the tools you have on hand in your car to make sure you’re prepared. If you’ve misplac ... read more

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Car Maintenance

8 Things to Check for When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car may be a smart financial decision, but how do you avoid ending up with a lemon? There are so many unknowns; like how the previous owners drove, and if they kept up on preventative maintenance. We’ve put together a few tips and things to look for when purchasing a used car, so you’ll never end up paying more for repairs in the long run. Check to make sure the price seems fair. There are many sites out there that will let you look up the average price of the car you plan to buy. Look at sites like www.kbb.com and www.cargurus.com to get an idea on the price of your particular car. Read owner reviews of the car. When you’re looking up reviews, make sure you’re looking for the exact year, make, and model of the car you plan to buy. Get a good sense of what the car’s flaws are, and what it’s like to own th ... read more

Which Car Problems Require a Tow Truck?

To tow or not to tow – that is the question. Here at Longview Auto & Tire, we’re firm believers in the power of preventative maintenance. However, sometimes unexpected problems happen on the road and you have to decide: do I have my car towed or try to make it to the shop? While some car problems will allow you to drive your vehicle safely to the shop, others will cause further damage to your car if you attempt to drive while the problem is happening. We’ll go over several common car problems, and help you decide if it’s time to call a tow truck. FLAT TIRE A flat tire is likely to be the most common problem that you’ll encounter on the road. Only drive as far as necessary to get into a safe position. If you get a flat tire on an interstate highway, get over to the right and onto the grass if needed. You may want to consider getting out of your car and away from the road, as there have been many cases where a stranded vehicle has been hit by moving traffic. Your ... read more

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Car Safety

Driving Habits That Are Shortening Your Car’s Life

Owning a car can get pretty expensive, but it’s almost a necessity in this day and age. There are quite a few common mistakes people make that tend to wear down their car over time and result in them spending more money on repairs. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be expensive! Once you’re aware of these mistakes, you’ll be able to stop yourself from doing them and save yourself a lot of money in the long run. NOT CORRECTLY USING THE PARKING BRAKE Even when you park on flat ground, it’s a good idea to use your parking brake. Why? Because when you don’t engage the parking brake (especially on hills), you’re resting the entire weight of your vehicle on a small piece of metal in the transmission called the parking pawl. Because this piece is about the size of your finger, it’ll wear out, and it could eventually break from holding all that weight. Be sure to use your parking brake to keep that transmission component in good condition. LETTI ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Is It Better to Repair or Replace a Flat Tire?

We’ve all been there - you’re in a rush to leave for work in the morning, or you’re about to leave to get groceries, or heading to town to meet up with friends, and you step out of the house only to find that you’ve got a flat tire. Oh no! What do you do? Should you put some air in it and hope it’ll get you to your destination, spray some fix-a-flat in it, attempt to patch it, or call a professional? The solution really depends on how large the puncture is, where the puncture is located, and how quickly you spotted the damage. Sure, repairing the tire might be the most cost-effective option, but not if it’s at the expense of the safety of you and your passengers! Industry guidelines usually allow punctures up to 1/4” in diameter to be repaired safely, based on where the damage was done. Any puncture that occurs to the sidewall or shoulder of the tire is unable to be repaired, no matter how small. If the puncture is irregular, long and straight, or larger than ... read more

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Tire Repair