Tire and wheel alignment should be one of your top priorities regarding car care. In fact, we recommend checking and correcting your alignment annually or bi-annually. When your wheels are properly aligned, your wheels will point straight and meet the road at the right angles. Below are all the reasons why you should keep up with your wheel alignments: Improved Fuel Efficiency Taking care of your wheel alignment ensures torque and power are distributed evenly and properly to all tires whether you’re driving straight or making turns. As a result, you will boost your fuel efficiency with regular wheel alignments. Longer Life of Tires Wheel alignments will ensure your vehicle’s tires wear evenly as they are able to make proper contact with the road. This can help extend your tires’ life and save you money in the long run. Better Handling/Increased Safety With proper wheel alignment, you will see improvements in your vehicle’s steerability. Your automobi ... read more
Pretty soon, many of us will be packing up our cars to visit family that we may not have seen for a while. If you are hitting the road this Thanksgiving, know that the team at Admiral Tire and Auto of Edgewater is looking out for your safety. To curb trouble on the road, here are six maintenance items you should check before heading out of town. 1. Fluids and Filters Your vehicle has many important fluids including motor oil, coolant (antifreeze), windshield washer fluid, power steering, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Make sure all these fluids are full and good enough to last you for the long run. 2. Brakes A brake check can make or “break” your road trip. Your brake fluid, rotors, pads, calipers, etc. need to be in good shape as they are the most important safety feature in your car. If you notice any unusual sounds with your brakes, hurry to our auto repair shop for service. 3. Tires Our technicians can check your tire treads and pressure and locate any ... read more
We get it, tires are expensive. Having to replace all four tires on your car can feel financially devastating. However, you can make the most of the tires you already have by doing a monthly P.A.R.T. check. The first day of each month is a good time to take five minutes and check your tire pressure, alignment, rotation, and tread depth. Pressure: Inside the driver side door is a sticker that indicates the PSI for each tire. Ensure that your tire pressure matches the manufacturer’s recommendation as over-inflation or under-inflation can cause the tires to wear unevenly. Alignment: While not an easy aspect to observe, your car’s alignment is crucial to keeping the tires in top shape. If you’ve recently felt the vehicle pulling to one way or the other, it may be time to bring your vehicle in for an alignment check. Also, if you recently had a collision or hit a pothole, then call us to inspect the alignment.&nbs ... read more
When you hear noises coming from your engine, you might wait for them to disappear. However, you could be making a mistake, as the noises could signify a serious issue with the engine. Knowing what the noises signify could save your vehicle and you from severe damage. The following are five car noises that mean that your car requires immediate attention: Popping A popping noise coming from your engine can be very unnerving, especially if you are on a long drive. If you hear your engine produce pop sounds, there may be an exhaust pipe leak or a dirty air filter. You should seek immediate attention as it will negatively affect air quality in the car or ruin your exhaust system. Grinding You should be concerned whenever you hear your engine produce grinding noises. Grinding, especially, when you start your vehicle, is a sign of issues with the starter motor. If the grinding occurs when you change gears, it may be a problem with the transmission. For manual vehicles, a grinding gearbo ... read more
October is the month when we embrace the spooky and scary. However, that frightening feeling shouldn't extend to your vehicle. One of the most alarming situations while driving is a sudden downpour so intense that your visibility is impacted to the point that the road practically disappears. What's even more terrifying? Worn out wiper blades that no longer clear your windshield. Here are four signs that your wipers need to be replaced. Do you need new wipers? Safety is our primary priorities, so stop by any of our locations in Maryland or Delaware so that one of our highly-trained technicians can expertly install new wiper blades for you.