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Tires, DOT Serial Number, and Safety

Tires, DOT Serial Number, and Safety

NEW YEAR.... Same us! Let's get you ready for the newness ahead!  We are kicking off the New Year by talking about TIRES! A service we now provide at our shop and have on order for you whenever you need! If your tire has a finicky nail, or has an air leak, we can diagnose and let you know if it needs a new one or if we can patch it!  I want to go into detail the importance of knowing how to read your tires DOT serial number. The DOT serial number is located on the inside wall of the tire and is usually followed by eight to thirteen letters or numbers. DOT verifies that the tires were made in the United States, and follow the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's tire safety standards.  These numbers verify where the tire was manufactured, the size, manufacturers code, and most importantly the week and year of the tires making. It is highly important ... read more

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Resurfacing Brake Rotors

Resurfacing Brake Rotors

Resurfacing Brake RotorsToday, we are going to talk about resurfacing brake rotors using an On-Car Brake Lathe. The purpose is to eliminate the shaking, squealing, or pulsation you may hear or feel when you are using the brakes on your vehicle. As brake pads wear, they can cause grooves on the rotors. When replacing the brake pads, it is necessary to machine your rotor back smooth, that is, if it is the correct width. If it is not, it would require replacement in order to maintain full braking performance. In these two photos you can see the before and after results of resurfacing the brake rotors. You can clearly see the rust on the rotor surface, usually caused by corrosive contaminants. When we use the brake lathe, we are machining down all these contaminants and imperfections. Using this machine ensures that your wheels are being moved exactly as they would when on the road, therefore,  ... read more