Daily I educate my customers on where to find the size and the correct air pressure for your tires. You would think the correct size and air pressure would be on the sidewall of your tire, well yes sorta but the accurate information is on a sticker.
Open your drivers door and there you will see most of the time 2 stickers. The one above will have your cars vehicle identification number, the manufacturer's tire size, correct inflation and date of birth of your said vehicle. When you need to know the correct air pressure check the sticker. The tire pressure on the sidewall could be for a variety of car makes and models but the one that is specified by the manufacturer is on this sticker. Need to know if your car has Federal or California emissions, again, check this sticker. If you needed a catalytic converter or emission sensors re[placed, this info makes a difference in what part you install.
Need to know state or country of origin check the sticker. Ordering or replacing parts sometimes depends on what country your vehicle was built in. Need to know your VIN (Vehicle Identification number) check the sticker one more time, Your VIN is the encyclopedia of your vehicle. Tells the years, color, engine size, trani type and more. This sticker is one of a kind. It can even be traced back to you as the owner of your car if it was stolen or in a fire.
When it doubt check the sticker for accurate information on any vehicle.
Your tire is losing air but no sign of a puncture causing the problem, then maybe the problem is in the tire valve stem. With tire pressure monitor systems in most cars now the old valve stem (picture #1) is hardly used any more . Valve stems are made of metal and get corroded over time. Leaks from the seal and metal collar (picture #2) on a valve stem sensor go bad and leak air. There are kits made for most tire sensors to replace just the bad seal and collar and your leak is repaired. But if the valve stem and the sensor are both severely corroded then a whole new tire pressure sensor has to be replaced and reprogrammed to your car. When setting your tire pressure always check the manufactures tag inside the drivers door. This is the proper inflation for your car not necessarily what is stamped on the side of the tire.
On July 28th a Mashpee neighbor passed away in a tragic car accident. He left behind his wife and newborn daughter. As Mashpee grieved together for the Quinn family it brought out the best in people too.
After hearing the news of this family we knew we needed to help. We decided to open up our shop so the community could help support the Quinn's as well as grieve the loss of Kevin.The out pouring of the community and beyond the boundaries of Mashpee was overwhelming. Baby items, cash donations and gift cards came by the car loads before, during and after that one day we were open to except donations.
Six kids from ATA Karate school sold lemonade so the baby would have toys to play with as she gets older. Many of us never met Kevin or his wife Kara but we all knew that this family need us now. So with stories of love, stories of sadness and of hope we all reached into our hearts to help soften the loss of a loved one, a family man, a soldier, husband and new dad.
I still remember the faces from that day, the hugs and thank you's to so many that came and helped and to donate. You have all touched the hearts of the Quinn family and as well as us at Mr. T's Auto Repair. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I think this summer was one of the busiest and hottest summers on the Cape that I can remember in a long time. Once July 4th hit then the air conditioning was on most of the time. Wether it is your house or car the ac system should be serviced yearly. In the colder months following the summer, animals gather debris such as fabric, leaves and nuts and camp out in your heater/ ac vents. We found many large nest located in the blower motor, air filter and cabin filters this summer. Now that summer is over it is a good idea to have the filters check and replaced if needed. If the animal does not leave the vent system it dies and causes a bad smell coming from the vents. This is unhealthy for you and your passengers.
If you did not have your filters changed prior to summer then Fall is a great time to have them replaced. An inspection of the vents and blower motor should be checked before you turn the car's heater on.
Fall is also a great time to replace wiper blades that were baking in the hot summer heat and inspection of the tire tread to make sure you won't have issues with hydroplaning during a heavy rain storm. It is better to have these items inspected and replaced before your Fall foliage vacation. Good bye summer of 2018.