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Three Things You Should Know During Tire Swap-over Season

Three Things You Should Know During Tire Swap-over Season

Winter is officially over and we are beginning to see signs of Spring. The sun is shining in the sky, the grass is starting to show, and soon the flowers will be flourishing. We are beginning to put away our winter coats and break out our lighter sweaters, but what about your vehicles? This is what we at Walker Automotive like to call the swap-over season, as it is time to swap out those snow tires for some more appropriate all-season tires. What should you know about swap-over season? Here are a few critical facts:   Winter tires are specifically designed for winter, as the name suggests. They provide for extra grip on those snowy and ice surfaces, along with freezing temperatures. Even though winter tires are exceptionally safe for that climate, they aren’t the best choice for Spring driving. Winter tires will also wear much quicker on springtime roads cleared of snow. When should the swap-over take place? A guideline to go by is when the temperatures are consistent ... read more

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Cute, Not Cute: How To Prevent Rodents From Damaging Your Car’s Engine

Cute, Not Cute: How To Prevent Rodents From Damaging Your Car’s Engine

Spring is in the air, and while there are many lovely wonders this time of year, the rodents are on the prowl and often find a warm nesting spot under the hood of your vehicle. Yikes! The culprit could be mice, rats, squirrels, and more. Regardless of their cute factor, when they get inside your vehicle and start snacking on your wiring system or worse, not only will you be inconvenienced by not being able to make that meeting on time, but can end up with a significant auto repair bill you were not expecting. Neither one is fun. If you are wondering why rodents would even want to snack on wiring, it’s because they are often made out of soybean-based materials. Automakers also use other food-based materials such as corn, rice husks, wood, and other sugar-based food. Yum! They are a tasty treat for hungry critters. Even bunnies have been known to snack on these. In 2013, Denver International Airport made headlines thanks to the rabbits who invaded the airport parking lots for warm ... read more

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