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Wheel Balancing at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Wheel Balancing at Phil's Pro Auto Service

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? GREELEY drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on Colorado roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Phil's Pro Auto Service, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.Most people in GREELEY are s ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in GREELEY

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in GREELEY

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the GREELEY area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local GREELEY service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure.And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops 20 percent below recommendations. That's severely underinflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at Phil's Pro Auto Service ... read more

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Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Some of us GREELEY drivers just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. We live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive around Colorado, where you want to go or the look you're after; there is a tire for you.The same is true about wheels. The hardest part is choosing from the thousands of wheels available at Colorado tire shops.The team at Phil's Pro Auto Service can help you get some things in mind before you make a purchase. Let's start with function and think about how you drive.For example, maybe you have a large SUV but you don't drive off-road around Colorado, so an off-road tread isn't important. Also, because you are not out bouncing over rocks in the Colorado backcountry, you don't need a high profile tire to protect your rims. So that means you can probably go with the low-wide look.If you have a winter season with rain and snow or if you find you need better ice and snow performance, they make great, high-performance ... read more

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Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in GREELEY: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in GREELEY: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for GREELEY drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for GREELEY drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.The recommended tire pressure for a vehicle's tires is printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver's side doorjamb. A lot of engineering goes into calculating the correct pressure, so it's an important number for GREELEY vehicle owners to know. Not following this recommendation can throw off the suspension system and can lead to tire damage. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly than properly inflated tires. Vehicles also get better traction and handling on properly inflated tires. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and add air if necessary.Don't be te ... read more

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Shake It up in GREELEY!: Why Wheel Balancing

Shake It up in GREELEY!: Why Wheel Balancing

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling performance and safety on the road, GREELEY drivers want to minimize this wobble as much as possible. So we balance our tires. To balance a tire, your technician at Phil's Pro Auto Service spins it on a machine or drum to determine where it is off-balance. He then attaches weights that counter-balance the uneven weight. Most people in GREELEY are surprised at how much balancing improves the smoothness of their ride. High-quality tires generally hold their balance well. But over time, wear and tear take their toll and tires can become unbalanced. GREELEY drivers can tell ... read more

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How Much is Enough for GREELEY Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

How Much is Enough for GREELEY Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Most GREELEY drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it's for GREELEY vehicle owners to know the answers to these questions.First of all, it's important to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with Colorado auto safety laws. That's why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle saf ... read more

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Phil's Pro Auto Service Advice on Buying New Tires

Phil's Pro Auto Service Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every GREELEY driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all Colorado seasons.GREELEY off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around Colorado? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.Phil's Pro Auto Service tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at Phil's Pro Auto Service can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the road.So pers ... read more

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Under Pressure in GREELEY: TPMS

Under Pressure in GREELEY: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in GREELEY, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on Colorado roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, GREELEY drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as well ... read more

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GREELEY, Colorado Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in Colorado, GREELEY residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for Colorado winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing GREELEY residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold Colorado winters.There are some specific things GREELEY drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.I ... read more

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Helping GREELEY Drivers Get the Right Tires

Helping GREELEY Drivers Get the Right Tires

Every GREELEY vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so it's a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for hot temperatures. The tread is engineered for good traction on dry or rainy Colorado roads. But the rubber compound in summer tires gets stiff when temperatures drop below 45°F (7°C), and snow and mud can pack into the tread, reducing the traction of the tire.Winter tires are designed for good traction on snowy surfaces. The tread actually throws snow off of the tire as the wheel turns. The rubber compound in a winter tire is soft so that it will remain flexible at temperatures below 45°F (7°C). At higher temperatures, however, the softer rubber wears down rapidly.All-season tires sacrifice some of the extreme performance of summer or winter tires, but they maintain adequate traction in either type of GREELEY we ... read more

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