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5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Brake Pads

5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Brake Pads

Brakes are the most vital safety component of your vehicle. When you press the pedal, you expect your brakes to respond quickly. However, over time the brake pads eventually wear out. If neglected, the brakes may fail to perform at the last minute, leaving you swerving to prevent an accident. Proper brake maintenance gives your brakes the extra attention they deserve. The brake pads can only efficiently work when they are in inadequate condition. There isn't a one size fits all service schedule for brake pads. Since some people drive different amounts, brake pads should be changed based on your driving practices. Below are five typical signs that your brake pads are past due for a change.  The Brake Pedal Feels Spongy A common sign the brake pad is worn is a spongy brake pedal. If you need to use more pressure to stop the vehicle, the brakes should be serviced. A spongy brake pedal isn't normal and should be considered a sign that motivates a vehicle inspection ... read more

What Causes a Stiff Steering Wheel

What Causes a Stiff Steering Wheel

Delaying necessary maintenance and service causes your vehicle to endure additional damage outside of normal wear and tear. Over time, the steering wheel can become stiff and show signs that maintenance is needed. A stiff steering wheel should never be ignored, and should always be addressed as soon as possible. Below are some common reasons why your steering wheel is more rigid than usual:  The Steering Rack Is Faulty If the steering wheel feels heavy, there may be a problem with the steering rack. If your vehicle has been exposed to high summer temperatures or excessive road debris, the steering rack can become damaged.   The Serpentine Belt Is Cracked If you feel a lot of tension in the steering wheel when you’re turning left or right, this can indicate a crack in the serpentine belt. Wear and tear are natural as the vehicle ages, and the serpentine belt gets worn out quickly. It may need to be replaced altogether.   ... read more

Forget Upgrades, Keep Your Old Vehicle

Forget Upgrades, Keep Your Old Vehicle

Traveling by plane is looking less desirable with the current state of the country. Many people may be considering upgrading their vehicle. The shiny new cars in the commercials are giving a bit of car envy. While purchasing a new car is exciting, there are many benefits to keeping your older vehicle. With consistent vehicle maintenance and repair, an old car can last well over 200,000 miles. There are a few benefits to walking off the lot and keeping your old vehicle:  You save extra money on car insurance.  New cars traditionally cost more to insure, especially if they are being financed.   No car payment.  Unless you purchase your car flat out, you may need to finance it. Financing your vehicle will cost a lot more in the long run, based on the interest rate. Depending on how old your vehicle is, you may not have a car payment anymore. It may be more cost-effective and worthwhile to take care of a car you already own. As a ... read more

The Benefits of Reverse Parking

If parallel parking isn’t your strongest skill, you may be jealous of your friend’s reverse parking skills. When leaving a parking spot, pulling forward is always more ideal than backing out. Depending on where you are, angled parking spots may be more prevalent and require you to reverse park. And with more cars being equipped with reverse cameras and sensors, drivers have become much more comfortable to reverse their vehicles. Below are some reasons why it’s smarter & safer to back into your parking spaces:   Due to more visibility, backing into a parking space is quicker. You’re able to save a lot of time when you don’t have to back out slowly into unknown traffic.    Better visibility makes the reverse park much safer. When reversing, you often have to reverse more than halfway out before you can see in both directions. Pulling forward from a parking space means you’ll need to come out no more than a third of the way. T ... read more

How to Fix Paint Scratches

You spend a hard-earned fortune on your beloved vehicle only for it to come out scratched after a routine car wash. Or worse, after a bad break up. Even if the scratch is in a place where most people will never see it, you know it’s there. So, it bothers you. Below are a few tips on how to handle superficial paint scratches without dents.   As long as your car is not over 20 years old or custom-painted, the paint on most vehicles is typically a clear-coated catalyzed enamel. There are many layers of paint, and the first step is to determine what kind of scratch your car has endured. There are three different types of scratches, and each type requires a different approach.   - A Clearcoat scratch – A clearcoat scratch is the most superficial type of scratch as it only ruins the first layer of paint. In a clearcoat scratch, the paint and primer aren’t affected.   - Paint scratch –  A paint scratch occurs when the scratch goes deeper past ... read more

Fuel Money Saving Tips for the Summer

Fuel Money Saving Tips for the Summer

Summer typically means much more driving due to summer break road trips and visiting family and friends. Although this time is fun and exciting, it can be costly depending on how often and how far you take your vehicle. When you want to actually go out and do things, it can be helpful to learn how to save money when buying gas to help fund other adventures.  When it comes to buying gas during the summer months, try to get your gas either at night or early morning when the weather is cooler. When the weather is hot, gas will expand and you’ll end up getting less use out of your tank. Getting gas during the cooler times will get you a more condensed, more fuel efficient tank.  Try to scope out gas stations before you head out on your trip. Avoid gas stations that are right off the highway - these tend to be more expensive because of necessity. Gas stations that are in your city away from traffic will be less expensive and you’ll be able to save money on gas.  ... read more

What are the Most Important Vehicle Maintenance Items?

We know that car maintenance can be tricky for a lot of vehicle owners, especially when you realize just how many systems are in your vehicle that needs to be taken care of. It can be a bit overwhelming to try to understand when your vehicle needs all these items taken care of, but the reality is proper vehicle maintenance can save you thousands over the years.  If you're unsure of how often your vehicle requires maintenance, a key source for this information is your car's owner's manual. Here, you will find your vehicle's manufacturer recommendations, which is the most accurate source for your individual vehicle.  Here are some of the most important car maintenance services that should never be missed for your vehicle: 1. Oil Change All vehicle owners are familiar with their regular oil change. Although it may seem like a small routine service, oil changes have a huge effect on the overall health of your vehicle. They are important for keeping your engine ... read more

McSpadden's Tire & Automotive is Open During The COVID-19 Outbreak

McSpadden's Tire & Automotive is Open During The COVID-19 Outbreak

At McSpadden's Tire & Automotive, we want to inform our community that we remain open and ready to serve you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Auto repair is an essential business, meaning that we are permitted to stay open during this time. Many of those in our community work in essential industries, such as healthcare, law enforcement, and grocery stores, and rely on their vehicle to get them to work. We know many in our community are also staying home or out of work at this time, relying on their vehicles to get them to the store to purchase supplies and food for their families. This is why auto care is so important at this time.  We know how important the health of our community is, which is why our shop has implemented many changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our customers and staff members safe from the virus.  Here is how: Wiping your vehicle down with disinfecting wipes such as door handles, seats, steering wheel, etc. Cleaning our shop an ... read more

I Don't Drive My Car A Lot - Can I Change My Oil Based on Mileage Rather Than Time?

If you are someone who has a car but works from home, is a caretaker, or takes public transit to work rather than commuting every day, you may ask yourself about your oil change intervals. When you get your regular oil change, your next oil change is based on two types of intervals - mileage and time. Depending on your vehicle and the type of oil you get, this time and mileage could be 3 months or 3,000 miles, 6 months or 6,000 miles, or even longer. So if you don't drive your vehicle often, you may find that you don't nearly reach 3,000 miles after 3 months. Can you wait on your oil change until you've hit the mileage interval? The answer to this is - it isn't recommended. Here's why: the mileage and time intervals are both important. That is why you should always have an oil change completed based on whichever comes first. If you don't drive often and you don't find yourself reaching the mileage interval after the time interval, it is still important to h ... read more

What are the Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage?

The engine is one of the most vital components of your vehicle. If you do find yourself having engine trouble, it is important to have the issue inspected and repaired as soon as possible to minimize the damage and repairs needed. Engine repairs can progressively become worse if ignored and some issues can actually lead to more problems over time. This is why it is so important to understand the signs of vehicle engine damage to catch faults early on to save yourself lots of time and money.  So what are the signs of vehicle engine damage? Here are some symptoms to look out for that can indicate engine problems:  This first tell-tale sign that your vehicle may have engine problems is seeing the check engine warning light illuminate on your dashboard. This is your vehicle's way of letting you know that it has detected an issue with a major component. Computer diagnostics will be required to understand the exact cause of the issue.  A whining, grinding, or thumping&n ... read more

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