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Weird Hacks for Cleaning Your Car

May 22nd, 2016
Winter's over...and here are some fun tips for spring-cleaning your car!
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

April is Car Care Month!

April 28th, 2016
Many of us take our vehicles for granted when everything is going right with them…it’s easy to do. That’s why the Car Care Council has set aside October and April as Fall and Spring Car Care Months, reminding drivers that their cars need attention on a regular basis.
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

A Look at the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

March 14th, 2016
BF Goodrich has long had a reputation for great all-terrain tires, and one of our big sellers at McGee Auto Service & Tires in Bradenton, FL is the All-Terrain T/A KO.
  Posted in: Tires 101

A Look at the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

February 15th, 2016
McGee Auto Service & Tires in Tampa, FL is a proud dealer for Michelin tires, and one of our best-selling models has long been the Michelin Energy Saver A/S. What makes the Michelin Energy Saver A/S such a great pick? Let’s zoom in for a look:
  Posted in: Tires 101

A Look at the Continental TrueContact

January 28th, 2016
At McGee Auto Service & Tires in Brandon, FL, we proudly carry Continental tires for a wide range of cars, minivans, light trucks, SUVs and crossovers. One of our most popular grand touring tires is the Continental TrueContact. Here’s a quick look at this great tire from Continental:
  Posted in: Tires 101

Why Are Wheel Alignments Necessary?

September 17th, 2015
wheel alignment in tampa, flIt can be pretty annoying, even downright exhausting, to drive for hours while fighting the steering wheel of a car that constantly wants to pull to the right or left. It’s actually more than just an annoyance, though. At McGee Auto Service & Tires in Lakeland, FL and Tampa, FL, wheel alignments are one of the most common auto repair jobs that we do, and for good reason. Here are some good reasons why wheel alignments are a good idea: 
 
Fuel economy: When a wheel is out of alignment, it’s constantly trying to push or pull your vehicle in another direction. That means it’s being dragged along with the rest of the tires, causing excessive friction and rolling resistan ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101

Debunking Auto Repair Myths

September 5th, 2015
auto repair in Tampa, FLChances are at some point you might have had an uncle or grandfather who refused to use seatbelts, saying that “if I’m ever in an accident, I’d rather be thrown clear of the car…your chances are better that way.” Well, statistics tell a different story, and not many people still hold to that myth. At McGee Auto Service & Tires in Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL, we’ve heard ‘em all, as you can probably imagine. We’d like to clear up a few common auto repair myths that have been making the rounds for awhile:
  • Doing it yourself is as good as taking it to an auto repair shop – Vehicles have become much more sophisticated under the hood in the last 20 years. There are plenty of little tasks that drivers can do themselves, such as topping o ...[more]
  Posted in: McGee Auto News

Common Myths about Wheel Alignments

August 15th, 2015

Wheel Alignments in Clearwater, FL & Lakeland, FLAt McGee Auto Service and Tires, we do a lot of wheel alignments here in Lakeland, FL and Clearwater, FL. Considering how many customers we see for wheel alignment work, it’s not surprising that some have certain misconceptions about this common maintenance item, so we’d like to clear up a few things:

  • My steering wheel is vibrating – do I need an alignment? The answer to that is almost always…no. Lots of things can cause a vibration in the steering wheel, including an out-of-round tire, a wheel that needs to be balanced or suspension problems, but it’s very rare for an alignment problem to set up vibrations through the steering column.
  • My car still pulls to the right! Pulling to the ri ...[more]
  Posted in: McGee Auto News

Ensure Your Vehicle is Back to School Ready

August 1st, 2015

Tires & Auto Repair in Lakeland, FL & Clearwater, fLSummers in Clearwater, FL and Lakeland, FL can be a lot of fun. For kids, it seems like summer will go on forever. Parents, on the other hand, are usually looking forward to having a somewhat more structured routine to go by. In either case, it’s important to make sure that your car’s ready to go back-to-school too!

  • Oil Changes – It’s probably the one biggest factor in getting the most miles out of your vehicle. Regular oil changes prevent buildups of carbon and sludge on internal engine assemblies and cut wear on crucial moving parts. Conventional mineral-based oil should be changed every 5,000 miles, and synthetic oil every 7,500-10,000 miles (check manufacturer’s recommendations for correct oil change intervals) ...[more]
  Posted in: McGee Auto News

5 Signs It's Time for New Tires

July 31st, 2015

Tires in Bradenton,FL

Five Signs It’s Time for New Tires

At McGee Auto Service & Tires in Bradenton, FL, we know that it’s hard for a lot of drivers to be certain when it’s time to replace their tires. Remember, though, that you’re not really saving money by running your tires until they’re worn to a nub…you’re compromising your safety with a loss of traction and control, especially in wet weather. So here are some surefire indicators that it’s time to invest in a new set of tires:

  1. Excessive tread wear. States mandate a minimum tread depth of 2/32” for tires, and here’s a really easy way to check that. Take a penny and insert it into the tread with Lincoln’s head down. If you c ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101
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