Do I Need Winter Tires?
We are asked this question a lot! The All-Season Tire was introduced into the marketplace, providing motorists with better Winter Driving Performance than a Summer Tire and the opportunity to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the biannual Winter Tire changeover. Even though All-Season Tires can provide safe All-Weather Performance, Winter Tires are more efficient once temperatures start to fall.
Tire technology advances in tread compound and tread design have improved driving performance across the entire spectrum of tires, but especially with respect to Winter Tires. Modern Winter Tires offer up to 50% or more winter traction than All-Seasons. All Tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets older, but the latest generations of Winter Tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -22⁰F and below, thus providing superior traction and grip. Today’s Winter Tires are not only designed to perform in snowy conditions, but also perform better on cold, dry pavement, too! Instead of thinking of Winter Tires only as “Snow Tires” you may want to start thinking of them as “Cold-Weather Tires".
Why Do I Need to Flush My Coolant?
Antifreeze, or Engine Coolant, is a liquid that mixes with water to help prevent your vehicle’s engine from freezing or over-heating in extreme temperatures. Antifreeze and Coolant change the freezing and boiling points of water. When Coolant is mixed with water (usually at a 50/50 ratio) in the vehicle’s Radiator, the water will no longer freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit but rather freeze at temperatures colder than -35 degrees Fahrenheit. The boiling point of water alone is typically 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When antifreeze is mixed with water, the boiling point now increases to 223 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to replace most fluids in your vehicle regularly.
Engine Coolant will break down over time and lose the ability to help maintain the Engine’s optimum temperature and prevent corrosion. Dirt, scale and rust particles floating inside older Coolant can clog your Radiator and cause your vehicle to overheat. You should have your Coolant levels checked at least twice a year- before summer and before winter. Lou’s Car Care Center recommends a Coolant flush at 60,000 miles to keep your engine running at its best. Engine Coolant should not be mixed! There are a variety of Coolants for every vehicle. Each one has a unique formula that is intended to keep a specific engine type running in extreme temperatures. Lou’s Car Care Center can help you determine the right Coolant for your vehicle.