Have you ever been stranded due to a dead battery? What did you do? Nothing is worse than hearing that dreaded churning sound when you try and start your car on a cold, winter morning.
With most car parts, like your tires or brakes, you can typically see or feel the wear and tear, letting you know it’s a good time to get it checked out or replaced. With a battery, you typically don’t know there’s trouble until you’re in it. That’s why it’s a good idea to get it checked before it’s too late.
How often should I get my battery checked?
We recommend testing your battery once a year, preferably before the New England cold weather hits. The first sign of a failing battery is poor cold weather performance. If the battery struggles to start your vehicle on a cold morning, you should have your battery tested immediately. In many cases, your battery may fail with little or no warning.
What is included in a battery check?
At Sullivan Tire, we don’t just take a quick look at your car’s battery; we check the entire charging system. That means we’re looking at your battery, alternator, drive belt, starter, wires, cables, and your charging systems overall condition.
How much does a battery check cost?
Nothing! It’s free right now at Sullivan Tire!
How much does a new battery cost?
Usually somewhere in the $99 – $130 range.
How long does a battery last?
Anywhere from three to six years depending on use, construction and routine maintenance performed.
When is the last time you’ve had your battery checked? Sullivan Tire has all the tools and training necessary to properly test your battery. Should you need a new one, we can typically install it in the same time it takes to change your oil.
Are you ready for winter driving? Take a listen to the clip below of Dustin Pedroia and Paul Sullivan discussing driving in the snow!
We have plenty of All-Season and Snow Tires in stock should you be in need. Give us a call at 877-592-TIRE! Take a look at our Top 3 Winter Driving Tips below:
Check Your Tires: Your tires are the only thing keeping your car connected to the road, so you want to make sure that your tires can handle whatever surface changes (snow, ice, slush, etc) you may encounter.
Prepare Your Windshield: Having good wipers is essential to keeping your windshield and visibility clear. Make sure you’ve topped off your windshield wiper fluid and have an extra bottle of fluid in the car, just in case!
Fill It Up: You’ll go through more gas during the winter season. If the temperatures really drop, you could be at risk for gas line freeze up. Try to keep your tank from dipping below the halfway point throughout the winter.
You can stop by any Sullivan Tire for a free tire inspection and air pressure check, to ensure that you’re ready and prepared for any impending road changes.
The weather is beginning to get colder and snow flurries have been seen in most of New England. It’s important to be prepared for the challenges winter weather can cause, especially on the roads. Here are a few simple and quick tricks to make sure you and you’re vehicle are ready for whatever the weather has in store.
Check Your Tires: Your tires are the only thing keeping your car connected to the road, so you want to make sure that your tires can handle whatever surface changes (snow, ice, slush, etc) you may encounter. You can stop by any Sullivan Tire for a free tire inspection and air pressure check, to ensure that you’re ready and prepared for any impending road changes. If your tire treads are too worn to handle the demands of snow, we have unbeatable deals right now that you can take advantage of.
Prepare Your Windshield: You know how you only remember you need new wipers when it’s raining? Well that’s true for snow too! Having good wipers is essential to keeping your windshield and visibility clear. Also, you’ll go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid clearing away the falling snow, or salt and sand from treated roads. So, make sure you’ve topped off your windshield wiper fluid, and have an extra bottle of fluid in the car, just in case!
Fill It Up: Between taking a few extra minutes to warm up the car in the morning, to idling in slow moving traffic, you’ll go through more gas during the winter season. Plus, if the temperatures really drop, you could be at risk for gas line freeze up. Try to keep your tank from dipping below the halfway point throughout the winter.
Stay safe out on the roads and let’s hope for a milder winter than last year!
Have you ever studded your winter tires? Driving during the winter months can be scary and overwhelming at times. The best way to be prepare yourself for slippery and icy winter roads is to install winter tires on your vehicle.
There are two main types of winter tires, studded and studless. Studdable Winter Tires are designed to accept dozens of metal studs which can be installed using a tire studding machine. These metal studs provide the ultimate in winter traction, especially on ice.
Last winter season, our stores studded just over 13,000 winter tires!
Watch this quick video on the Tire Studding Process!
Remember last winter? We have an early bird Snow Tire sale to prepare you for this year! Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on ALL Snow Tires through the end of the month! I know… you probably don’t want to think about snow yet, but being prepared never hurt, right?
Read more about the benefits of Snow Tires and 4 reasons you should consider buying them here!
If you are shopping for all-season tires we have some great deals going on as well!
- Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on all Yokohama Tires!
- Buy 1, Get the 2ndHalf Off on all Yokohama Tires (Code: SAVE50)
- Expires 10/31/15. In-stock tires only. Excludes discontinued and clearance tires. No carry-outs.
- $70 INSTANT Savings on the purchase of four (4) All-Season Bridgestone Tires!
- Code: OCT70. Expires 10/31/15.
- In-stock tires only. Excludes discontinued, clearance tires and snow tires. No carry-outs.
- $40 INSTANT Savings on the purchase of four (4) All-Season Continental Tires!
- Code: OCT40. Expires 10/31/15.
- In-stock tires only. Excludes discontinued, clearance tires and snow tires. No carry-outs.
Don’t miss out on these great opportunities! Schedule your appointment online or visit your local Sullivan Tire today!
- Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on all Yokohama Tires!
Spring cleaning isn’t just for the home – we also need to remember to pay attention to our vehicles! With April being National Car Care Month, it’s the perfect time to give your car some extra attention and get caught up on routine vehicle maintenance.
Car Care Council states that 84 percent of vehicles need service or parts, up 5 percent from the previous year. With the Spring and Summer travel seasons close by, we need to make sure our cars are safe and ready to hit the road.
A typical 30,000 mi. maintenance may include:
- Air filter
- Fuel filter
- Cabin air filter
- A visual inspection of all vehicle components
- Changing vehicle fluids such as transmission, coolant, power steering and oil.
It’s always a good idea to check your tires too! RMA suggests you play your PART:
- Pressure – Check the pressure of your tires once a month, and before every long trip, to ensure that when you do need to stop, your tires can do everything they’re supposed to do to help you.
- Alignment – Make sure you have the alignment and balance of your tires checked regularly so that if you do skid, your vehicle is properly equipped to help you stop safely. Have your alignment checked at least 1-2 times per year, or at the first sign of the vehicle not tracking straight when driving on a straight stretch of road
- Rotate – Rotating your tires can sometimes help correct irregular tire wear. We recommend rotating your tires every 5,000-7,000 miles, or roughly every other oil change.
- Tread – Hydroplaning can occur even at low speeds if the tread is not deep enough to channel the water from under your tires. If any part of the tread is at or below 2/32″ depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers the tire as having reached the end of it’s useful life and should be replaced.
Our certified technicians at Sullivan Tire and Auto Service will help you maintain your vehicle. We can perform the exact same services as your car dealer for less money and in less time.
Stop by your local Sullivan Tire or give us a call and we’d be happy to print out a copy of the factory scheduled services for your particular vehicle and provide you with an estimate!
We are all happy that gas prices have remained fairly low, but you can save even more money with this one simple car maintenance tip. KEEP YOUR TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED!
Improper tire inflation is one of the most neglected vehicle maintenance items for motorists. In fact – in a recent survey – the Rubber Manufactures Association states that only 19% of vehicle owners properly check the tire pressure. Yet – according to the Department of Energy – properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by around 3.3 percent and save 9 cents per gallon at the gas pump! That could add up to a lot of money over a year’s time.
Tire pressure should be checked at least once per month. The best time to check the tire inflation is when the vehicle has been sitting for a while. Driving heats up the tire and expands the air pressure and could give you a false reading. Today’s vehicles are all equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). The TPMS will alert you if the tires are not set to proper inflation.
In addition, keeping your tires properly inflated will keep the tires from wearing out prematurely. Nobody likes spending money on new tires.
The proper tire inflation for your particular vehicle can usually be found on the placard on the driver’s side door jamb, or in your vehicle owner’s manual.
It’s fairly easy to check the tire pressure yourself, but please feel free to stop by any Sullivan Tire location and we’ll be happy to check them for you free of charge. We have 68 locations spread across New England, and our technicians are always willing to give your tires a quick check.
How often do you check the air pressure in your tires?
While the cities and towns are doing the best they can to keep up with this unprecedented snow fall, its sure taking its toll on the roads!
Anyone in New England reading this knows exactly what I’m talking about. Potholes! They are enormous and only going to get worse as the weather gets warm (and yes folks, it will eventually get warm!).
So what do you do if your vehicles been through a few of those bone rattling potholes? The best thing you can do is get your car to your favorite shop and have them check the suspension parts, tires and rims for any damage. If all looks good, get a wheel alignment. Alignments should be checked at least once per year as a general maintenance. However, with the current state of the roads it’s not a bad idea to have it done now.
What exactly is a wheel alignment you ask? The most basic answer is that it keeps the tires properly centered on the road to provide the best possible tire wear, gas mileage and road stability.
I know you’re probably all tired of hearing it, but there is another storm heading our way. Don’t you just love New England weather?
We’ve put together this quick Storm Preparation Checklist to help you ready your vehicle for the impending winter weather.
Tips For After the Storm:
Peering out the window the morning after a storm, you may feel a rush of joy seeing bright, white, snow covering your neighborhood. That feeling will quickly fade when you remember you’ve got to dig out your car and clean it off before getting to work in the morning. If you’re like me, and not a “morning person”, you may feel the urge to rush through this final step in order to make it to work on time. However, no matter how cranky, coffee deprived, or late I may be, I always pay attention to the following:
The Roof: We’ve all seen them. Those vehicles with a stack of snow about two feet high on the roof, barreling down the road. Sure it looks comical and rediculous, but it can also be very dangerous. That snow can freeze over, break off and hit another vehicle causing major damage. A few states have passed laws against driving with snow and ice on a vehicle, and for the sake of your fellow commuter’s safety, it’s always wise to clear your roof off.
Lights: The instinct to clear your car for your own visibility is natural, but what about the visibility of other motorists? Clear your headlights and brake lights of snow and ice to improve your visibility, and help your vehicle be seen by other motorists.
Click here for more tips on how to keep your car in good shape after a blizzard, and share your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section.
December is Tire Safety Month! We strive to help educate motorists and our customers on proper tire care and maintenance year-round, but we wanted to highlight tire safety to support this country-wide initiative.
Maintaining proper inflation pressure is crucial for getting the most out of your tires, both in long mileage and a comfortable ride. Air pressure is measured in psi (pounds per square inch) and should be adjusted when the tires are “cold”, which means check it early in the morning or after the vehicle has been sitting for at least 3 hours. If you need to adjust for a “warm” tire, simply add 2-4 psi to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure, and check the cold inflation pressure at your earliest convenience. Even a perfectly healthy tire loses 1-2 psi per month, so it’s important to check your pressures often. Get your tire repaired at the first sign of a leak or nailhole puncture. Remember, running your tires underinflated also means that you are overloading them, which can do permanent damange. Stop by any Sullivan Tire for a complimentary air pressure check and adjustment. Come as often as you like, no appointment necessary!
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires if not corrected promptly. Have your alignment checked at least 1-2 times per year, or at the first sign of the vehicle not tracking straight when driving on a straight stretch of road (a.k.a. “pulling”). When you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP), you get a complimentary alignment check every 6 months for the life of the tires!
Regularly rotating your tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle’s owners manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000-7,000 miles, or roughly every other oil change. Frequent tire rotations and tire inspections can help to identify an alignment or steering problem before too much damage occurs to the tire. This service is complimentary for the life of the tires when you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP).
A tread depth guage is an inexpensive and effective tool for measuring the amount of tread left on your tires. Hydroplaining can occur even at low speeds if the tread is not deep enough to channel the water from under your tires. The tread depth measurement is taken in 32nds of an inch, and should be taken from the tread grooves at three different areas of the tread (inner, center, and outside). If any part of the tread is at or below 2/32″ depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers the tire as having reached the end of it’s useful life and should be replaced.
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