Is Buying Used Tires Safe For Me And My Vehicle

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Is Buying Used Tires Safe For Me And My Vehicle

Your Ultimate Guide To Saving Money & Buying Used Tires

Buying used tires is a popular route to help consumers save money as well as do their part to be as eco friendly as possible. Used tires, although attractive in the sense of the environment and cost, also bring some uncertainty to prospective buyers. “Are used tires safe for my vehicle?” “Is buying half worn tires worth the little bit of money that I’ll save?” These are just a few of the questions that might run through a consumers head before making a decision to buy either new or used tires for their vehicle.
As a provider of quality used auto parts, we wanted to share with you some of the pros and cons of buying used tires for your vehicle, as well as answer the question of “Is it safe to buy used tires for my vehicle?”. In short, the answer is YES! Buying used tires for your vehicle when gone about the correct way, can be perfectly safe as well as a great way to save some money and help the environment. But, we would advise you to go through the proper channels to ensure safety to the best of your ability while doing so.

Avoid buying tires from an individual, stick to an establishment

Although it’s always good to assume the best in everyone and every person, there are a lot of people that do exist that might try and take advantage of someone who might know a little less about vehicles than them. We would discourage people from buying used tires off of places like craigslist, Facebook marketplace or other places where an individual is heading up the sale. Now, these places CAN be a good place to buy used tires, but you will need to be confident in your ability to inspect the tires to make sure that there are no major issues or problems with them before you actually move forward and make the purchase.

Ask for inspection documents

You can never be too cautious when it comes to putting a company’s money where its mouth is. Although many companies will advertise that parts have been tested and inspected for safety and quality, you can never be too sure! Ask the business or establishment for the documents stating and showing the inspection for the tires. This can put your mind at ease that the company has done everything in its power to make sure that they are selling you a good quality used part.

Try To Stick To The Manufacturers Recommendation

Buying the tires that your manufacturer recommends is simply smart. Countless time and effort from your vehicle manufacturer goes into finding parts that work seamlessly together. The recommendations that the manufacturers make are made so that you can get the most life out of your vehicle! Following them, even when it comes to used tires and parts, will always benefit you.

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Test Tire Tread

Before buying used tires, something that is important to consider is the depth of the tread on the tire. Tread of a tire refers to the rubber that the tire is made out of. As a car is used, the tires get worn down lessening the amount of tread, and also affecting the amount of traction that you have with the tire. Checking tire tread is a good way to see how much a tire has been used before and can give you a good idea of how much life a tire has left in it! To check your tires tread use a penny with the head facing out towards you, with the head upside down. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, it’s time to replace the tire. If the tread goes up and barely touches Lincoln’s head, the time to replace your tires is near.

If you are looking to purchase some used tires for your vehicle, please contact us today! We are proud to back up our parts and service with a high quality warranty for all of our customers nationwide!

The Ultimate Guide How To Check Transmission Fluid

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Owning a car comes with a lot of responsibility, and everyone that owns a car knows that along with the responsibility of the car comes the cost too… Hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars we can put into our vehicles yearly for maintenance, repairs, routine check ups & so much more. We all have the expenses, but what if we could do with just one less expense, sounds pretty good right? If you are like 99.99% of humanity, you want to save an extra buck just like the rest of us. So, if your car is sounding a little funky as it tries to shift when you drive, rather than running it down to the local mechanic, here is a simple eleven step guide to check your vehicles transmission fluid & at least determine if a low fluid amount could be what’s causing the lag while shifting.

*Important Note* This is a general guide to checking your transmission fluid. Various car models require various steps to check the transmission fluid. Make sure to read through your owners manual before taking any of these steps.

1. Start car- most of the time, you will want to check your transmission fluid with your car warmed up and running, so either choose a time right after you have driven for a little while, or start your car up, and leave it running for a few minutes so that the engine will warm up. Transmission fluid is checked at running temperature because of the fluid expansion that happens – when the engine is stopped & cold, a large amount of fluid will drain down into the pan & you will not get an accurate reading on your dipstick.

2. Put in park on a level area, put on parking break – Parking your car on a level area will ensure that your fluid is not at a false level – while putting your car parking break on is just an extra safety measure to make sure that your car will not go anywhere when youre working under the hood.

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3. Let car engine warm up for a few minutes – we want to reiterate that as your vehicle warms up the transmission fluid will expand, giving you a more accurate reading to where the fluid is while you are driving your car.

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4. Open hood & locate transmission fluid dip stick – generally in a rear-wheel drive vehicle the transmission fluid dipstick will be located sticking out of the transaxle towards the back of your hood(closest to your windshield) If you have a front wheel drive, the transaxle along with the dipstick is generally located to the front right of your hood – With any hesitations, or to be sure where your transmission fluid dipstick is located you can always check your owners manual, or call your local dealership. (don’t forget Google too)

5. Pull out dipstick & confirm transmission (should be a pinkish clear liquid) – Once you have located your transaxle along with the transmission fluid dipstick, double check yourself by pulling out the dipstick & inspecting the measured fluid. It should be a pinkish clear liquid.
Note* if your transmission fluid looks to have dark particles in it or if it smells burnt at all, make sure to bring it into a mechanic*

6. Use a clean, lint-free rag to wipe the dipstick clean – after confirming that you have located your transmission fluid, take a clean lint-free rag to wip dipstick completely of existing transmission fluid.

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7. Re-insert dip stick fully, remove again – insert the dipstick completely back into the transaxle to make sure that the fluid reading will be accurate. Remove dipstick carefully & take a look at where the fluid reading is at.

8. If the fluid level reaches up the the “full” line – Congratulations! Your car is in great shape & you have successfully just checked your transmission fluid level all by yourself! (if you were noticing a shifting issue & your transmission fluid is full, you might want to consider seeing a mechanic to make sure nothing else is wrong)

9. If the fluid does not reach the “full” level – make sure to double check the owners manual or call your local car dealership to see what transmission fluid you need to fill it back up.

10. Provided you have the correct fluid – use a funnel to add more fluid little by little to the tank checking the level often until fluid reaches “full” line (do NOT overfill)

11. Re-insert dipstick into the transaxle

12. Close hood & be proud of the money you just saved!

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*Note* A faulty transmission & a transmission that is low on fluid can have very similar symptoms. If you check your transmission fluid & issues persist, make sure to visit your local mechanic for service & assistance.

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance Car Tips For You

Get Ready For Spring With These Few Vehicle Maintenance Tips For Your Car This Year!

If you live anywhere where the cold & snow hits during the winter time, you know that snow and ice can do some damage to your vehicle. Check out our list of maintenance tips for your car this spring, to minimize long term damage & make sure you’re car is ready for the warmer weather.

-Get rid of that salt! Salt can seriously damage your car long term, the underbody of your car is mostly made out of metal, so it’s important to minimize rust & make sure that you get all the salt washed off completely during & after the winter season.

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-Check your tires & air pressure. Mechanics recommend to rotate tires every 5,000 to keep tread wear even. After a long winter of driving, especially on ice & snow, make sure to check your tires, rotate them as needed & double check the pressure including your spare!

-Inspect your brakes! This should go without saying, but your brakes are a very important, no, crucial part to your vehicle & inspecting your brakes should be a part of a regular maintenance routine, not just in the spring.

-Fill your fluids. Check your wiper fluid, engine coolant, oil, & everything else. Make sure that all your fluids are full or where they need to be. Oil should be changed regularly & can be done at home or by a mechanic if you prefer.

-Wax & wash the exterior: After getting all the excess salt off of your car, by washing it thoroughly (underbody & all) a detailed wax job can be one of the most important things you can do to protect your car going into the spring time. (Don’t forget to clean the inside too)

-Check suspension & alignment. If you deal with a Midwest winter you know potholes well, potholes along with snow drifts & other elements of mother nature can really affect your alignment & suspension. Make sure to have them checked out, it should cost only $25-$40 & it is completely worth it!

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What to Expect From a Quality Used Engine

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What to Expect From a Quality Used Engine

Used Engines Are Great! So What Can You Expect?

Here at Premier Auto and Truck Parts, we pride ourselves in only selling quality used engine for both domestic and foreign cars, trucks, and SUVs.  All of our recycled engines are original equipment parts from salvage vehicles that are only ten years old and newer. They typically have low mileage as well. After having the engines removed from the vehicles, these engines are inspected at least three times. Best of all, these quality used engines come with our standard 6 months parts warranty!

How do you know if you need a quality recycled engine?

Here are some warning signs that your car engine may need to be replaced:

  • Bumpy, jerky riding caused by dead or misfiring cylinders
  • Black smoke means there is too little air or gas in the engine
  • Blue smoke means that your engine is burning too much oil
  • White smoke means that there is a damaged cylinder head or head gasket
  • Loud, knocking noices may indicate a failed bearing
  • Continuous repair jobs may be a sign that you need a new engine
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What are some benefits for buying a quality used engine?

  • Saving Money

One of the most obvious reasons for buying a quality used engine is the cost savings. The price of a brand new engine, (depending on the model and year of your vehicle), can vary considerably. It could cost you far more than what you are willing to pay. A used engine is your solution to get your vehicle running again.

  • Trusted Reliability

Contrary to what most people think, used engines can be much more dependable than a new engine. Used engines have been tested and tried again and again to make sure they are in excellent condition before being purchased. This dependability will save you time and money in the future.

  • Going Green

Buying a used engine prevents the engine from ending up in a landfill and contributing to the waste. It also decreases the amount of energy that would be used to produce new engines as well as lowering the amount of greenhouse gasses and emissions in the environment.

  • Hassle-Free

At first, it may seem it would be easier to just buy a new car. However, you will have to go through the process of contracts, forms, insurance policies, as well as the added costs of purchasing a new car. So, although replacing your engine with a quality used engine may require more work and time upfront, the benefits will far outweigh the hassles and costs of buying a new car.

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While buying a quality used engine is a great idea, there are some benefits with buying a new car engine. It all depends on your situation that you are in. Call us with any questions you might have about buying a new or used car engine.

Steel Rims….or Aluminum Rims?

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Steel Rims….or Aluminum Rims?

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year we all look forward to from Cedar Springs to Grand Rapids, MI. The beauty of the snow stuck to the tree branches. The fresh blanket of snow across the yard that the children are playing in, and let’s not forget……… POTHOLES!

That’s right…Michigan driving at its worst. As one of the leading Cedar Springs-Grand Rapids auto parts suppliers, we are here to assist you in not only your used auto parts needs, but also used auto parts education. Today, we will lay out the pros and cons between steel and aluminum rims when it comes to winter driving.

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Pros

-Steel rims are a great choice when it comes to winter driving. One of the benefits of used steel rims on your car or truck is that they do not corrode like aluminum rims. In West Michigan the roads are littered with salt during the winter. This salt can ruin the finish on your aluminum rim as well as affect the rims ability to hold air, which then can become a driving hazard.

-The other benefit of steel rims on your car is their strength. Steel is a much more solid metal than aluminum. Steel rims will withstand the abuse of the many potholes we have here in Cedar Springs much better than aluminum rims.

Cons

-One of the disadvantages of steel rims is the fewer number of spokes. With the amount of snow and slush the roads have throughout West Michigan, used steel wheels can build up with ice and snow. Aluminum rims typically have much larger opening in the spokes allowing for easier clearing of this ice and snow. Not only does this buildup cause annoying vibrations to your car, it can cause other problems as well if the ice and snow are not removed from your steel or aluminum wheel.

-The other disadvantage of steel rims is they are not aesthetically pleasing to look at. Typically aluminum rims are much better looking and increase the overall appearance and resale of your used car.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful! If you have any additional questions or are interested in purchasing used steel or aluminum rims, call our friendly sales staff at Premier Auto and Truck Parts or checkout our e-commerce inventory at our Cedar Springs-Grand Rapids auto parts store by visiting www.premierauto-parts.com.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

Yes…it’s here.
Are you and your car prepared? If not, now is the time!

1.   Have your battery and charging system checked for maximum performance. Cold weather is very hard on batteries.
If your car needs a replacement battery, stop in for a tested used battery from Premier Auto Parts in Cedar Springs. All batteries come with a 12-month replacement warranty.

2.   Clean, flush, and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb this should be done every two years

3.   Make sure heaters, defrosters, and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.

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4.   Check the tire tread depth, tire air pressure, and condition of rims. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly. If you find your tires are in need of replacing, good used tires and sets of used tires at Premier Auto and Truck Parts can save you a bundle of cash. With used individual tires starting at $20 pc. and good used tire sets starting at $99.00 you can’t go wrong! If you find your used wheel is cracked or heavily corroded, consider purchasing a quality replacement used wheel from Premier Auto and Truck Parts in Cedar Springs to get you through the cold months.

5.   Be diligent about changing the engine oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Extreme cold temperatures can cause your engine oil to flow significantly slower which can lead to catastrophic engine failure, thus the importance of fresh, clean, oil. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing an engine replacement before or during the winter months call Premier Auto and Truck Parts for used engines at great prices with amazing warranty options. Used engines are the way to go to save money and you can find any used engine north of Grand Rapids at Premier Auto and Truck Parts!

6.   Have your transmission tuned up and inspected prior to snowfall. Winter is especially hard on used transmissions because of the additional wear and tear of wheel spin. Remember if you get stuck in the snow,  DON’T SLAM THE TRANSMISSION BACK AND FORTH! You will ruin your used transmission in no time.  A couple hundred-dollar tow bill from a local towing company will be inexpensive compared to having to replace your transmission. Again, if you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing a transmission replacement before or during the winter months, call Premier Auto and Truck Parts for used transmissions in Cedar Springs at great prices with amazing warranty options.  Quality, guaranteed, used transmissions are the way to go to save money. You can find any used transmission near Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Rockford, and Cedar Springs by calling Premier Auto and Truck Parts today.

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7.   If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.

8.   Have your brakes checked – the braking system is your vehicle’s most important safety item.

9.   Have your exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.

10.   Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed. If you’ve been driving around with a broken or cracked headlight or taillight consider replacing it before winter. With increased driving in the dark during the winter months it’s a good idea to have all your lights fully functional. If you need a replacement, go used! Premier Auto and Truck Parts can help you with your used headlight and taillight needs as well.

Be Careful Out There This Winter!

5 Ways Your Car Will Survive The Summer Heat

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5 Ways Your Car Will Survive The Summer Heat

With the dog days of summer upon us, high temperatures can take their toll on people, animals and even cars. Extreme heat can push a vehicle past its limits, and once again this year some drivers will find themselves stranded at the roadside because of it. While many drivers think about the importance of readying their vehicle for cold weather in winter, it’s important to not forget about the need also to prepare for hot summer months.

1. Heat Can Zap the Life from Batteries

Most drivers think battery problems occur primarily in winter, but summer heat can negatively impact your car’s battery even more than the bitter cold of winter. Heat and vibration are a battery’s two worst enemies leading to internal breakdown and eventual failure. While drivers cannot do much about the heat, they can make sure their battery is securely mounted in place to minimize vibration.

Another potential summer problem is faster evaporation of the battery fluid, leading to corrosion on terminals and connections. Clean any corrosive build up from the battery terminals and cable clamps, and ensure the clamps are tight enough that they will not move.

If a car’s battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested by a trained technician to determine how much longer it will last.

2. Keep Your Engine and Transmission Cool

Automobile engines and transmissions work extra hard in the summer, and it is the cooling system’s job to protect the engine and transmission from overheating. In addition, additives in the coolant protect the radiator and internal engine components against wear and corrosion. Without proper cooling system maintenance, the odds of long term engine damage, and a summer time boil over, definitely increase.

Over time, engine coolant becomes contaminated and its protective additives are depleted. That’s why the system should be flushed and the coolant replaced periodically as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Older coolants used to require changing every two years or 24,000 miles, but most modern formulations are good for at least five years and 50,000 miles. See the owner’s manual or maintenance booklet to determine the service interval appropriate for a vehicle.

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Between flushes, make sure the coolant is filled to the proper levels by checking the overflow reservoir. If necessary, top off the reservoir with a 50/50 mix of water and the coolant type specified by the vehicle manufacturer

Rubber cooing system components also are susceptible to deterioration caused by extreme heat. Inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition. Worn parts are more susceptible to failure in hot conditions and should be replaced.

3. Avoid Excessive Heat Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Driving on under-inflated tires not only affects the handling and braking of a vehicle, it also can cause tires to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout. This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are extremely high.

More than half the vehicles on the road were found to have at least one under-inflated tire, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, and 85 percent of motorists do not know how to properly inflate their tires.

Tires should be checked when the car has not been driven recently, and they should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer—not the number molded into the tire sidewall. Recommended tire pressures can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker normally located on the driver’s door jamb. Some vehicles use different pressures for the front and rear tires.

While checking the tire pressures—including the spare—drivers also should inspect the tire treads for adequate depth and any signs of uneven wear that might indicate a suspension or alignment problem.

4. Cars Need Fluids during Extreme Heat Too

Engine fluids are essential to keeping a vehicle running smoothly. Most fluids not only lubricate, they also serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components. When fluid levels are low, this cooling effect is reduced, and the possibility of overheating increases. Drivers to should check all vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid to ensure they are filled to the appropriate levels. If any fluids need to be topped off, be sure to use the type of fluid specified in the owner’s manual.

5. Cool Passengers are Happy Passengers

Maintaining a comfortable driving environment reduces fatigue, which can play an important part in driver alertness and vehicle safety. During extreme summer heat, a properly operating air conditioning system can be more than just a pleasant convenience. If a car’s air conditioning is not maintaining the interior temperature as well as it did in the past, it may mean the refrigerant level is low or there is another problem. Have the air conditioning system checked by a certified technician.

Many automotive climate control systems today are equipped with a cabin filter that prevents outside debris from entering. If present, this filter should be inspected and replaced as needed to ensure maximum airflow and cooling during the summer months.

Even with proper preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur, so Premier Auto and Truck Parts recommends every driver have a well-stocked emergency kit in their vehicle. The kit should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, and a first aid kit.