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Performance Tires May Not Be Suitable for Your Vehicle

Summer tires may allow for better handling and traction in ideal weather conditions. However, if there is snow or ice on a road, those tires are going to offer little to no assistance. Furthermore, because of the way summer tires are constructed, it may not be possible to rotate them as often, which could lead to uneven wear.

Tires designed for use in all seasons can be effective as long as the temperature is above freezing. They can also gain traction with the road when there is a small amount of ice or snow on it. Therefore, it may be…

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Tips for Surviving Any Roadside Emergency


While you can't predict when a roadside emergency may happen, you can take action today to try and prepare for surviving one. These tips will get you in the best position to get back home safe.
  • Keep plenty of new batteries in your car to power up flashlights so you can flag for help in the dark or make repairs if the car power is out.
  • A couple cans of tire fix-a-flat can help get your vehicle from the side of the road to a local service station.
  • Bringing a small box with tools will put you in the…
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Does Your Car's Brake Pedal Feel Soft?

A spongy brake pedal may be an alarming experience, especially if it happens without any warning. A suddenly mushy pedal could mean that the brake fluid is leaking. It could also mean that the brake line has collapsed or gotten a hole in it.

Sometimes, the brake pedal goes soft over a period of weeks or months. The calipers could be slowly rusting, or there could be air in the brake lines. In some situations, wheel cylinders that are going bad could be the cause of the soft brakes. Bad wheel cylinders require a more extensive repair in order to…

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Understanding the Tire Pressure Light

Correct tire pressure is important not just to add tire life but also to ensure your car is driving as safe as possible. Newer cars have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that will monitor pressure and let you know with a light if your tires have incorrect tire pressure. If you don't fully understand how this works or need assistance with manually checking your tires, stop at Fred Lavery Company and have our techs provide assistance.

Use of the TPMS has decreased the number of traffic fatalities but is not designed to replace monitoring your tires yourself. On…

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Vehicle Tire Treads - Keeping a Close Eye


As part of winter car maintenance for your car you should always check your tire treads. Driving your vehicle with worn down tire treads is dangerous and can damage your vehicle's wheels alignment. Buying brand new tires is the counter as this is the only way to allow you and your family the proper safety when it comes to worn out tire treads.

As soon as you notice this problem with your tire treads, visit Fred Lavery Company immediately. If you aren't aware of the proper moment to reach out to the service center, just always make sure…
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Weak Battery? It Could Be Your Alternator

Automobile engines are complex. Several different problems can lead to the same symptom. When it comes to a weak battery, the same is true. Your car's battery can be weak because the battery is going bad or because it isn't being charged while you drive.

What charges your car's battery? The alternator is the part that generates electricity while your car's engine is running. If engines didn't have an alternator, the car's battery when quickly run out of charge because of the electrical demands of the engine, lights, and cabin appliances. When the alternator…

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Brakes Guide: Brake Fluid


Ever start to feel your brakes getting rough? If your brakes grind down frequently, they probably get hot under the pressure. Brake fluid can help your braking system to not overheat. Brake fluid checks are typically needed every 6 months. If you have not had your brakes checked recently, you may be in need of service.

Where is brake fluid stored? You can check the brake reservoir, which is typically located near a brake booster on the driver's side. You can also find a diagram in most car owner manuals to see where your brake reservoir is.

 
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Why Tire Size Matters

Many vehicle owners take tires for granted. As long as they stay inflated, they are rarely given a second thought. Tires play a major role in the performance and safety of your vehicle, and the team at Fred Lavery Co. in Birmingham, MI wants to help you find the right ones. One thing that is for certain with tires is that one size does not fit all.

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Start the Season With a Routine Service Appointment

When did you last take your vehicle for seasonal maintenance? Bringing your luxury car in for seasonal maintenance is very useful, as it will help you keep the car in great shape. When you visit us at Fred Lavery Company in Birmingham, MI, our experienced team will provide you with a thorough check-up of your car to get you ready for the cold weather just around the corner.

 

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