Yearly Archives: 2022

The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment

The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment

Over the course of the thousands of miles that your vehicle will travel, your car’s wheel alignment will be put to the test by all the different road conditions from smooth highways to that little dirt road on the way to the cottage, not to mention the potholes, curbs, and other anomalies you drive over every day. It’s normal that the original wheel alignment may change over time. Even though drivers don’t notice this change, the tires will eventually wear unevenly, the vehicle will tend to drift to one side, and you may even hear a strange noise coming from one of the wheels when the vehicle hits a bump or pothole. During an inspection, a certified technician will be able to detect the problem – a loose tie rod, a damaged ball joint, a bent suspension arm, a broken torsion bar… The list goes on and on, but the result is always the same. The damaged parts have to be replaced and the wheels realigned before the car will handle like it used to. It is als ... read more

Why do carbon deposits form in modern engines?

Why do carbon deposits form in modern engines?

Carbon deposits are inevitable, and many automotive professionals don’t take them seriously because they consider carbon to just be a part of engine operation. But when left untreated, carbon buildup can cost vehicle owners more at the pump, and it can lead to expensive and labor-intensive repairs.  That’s what we want to help you avoid! For those that like to “cut to the chase” on how to best minimize carbon buildup, O’Brien Tire & Auto Care recommends that you: Be sure you are changing your oil every 3,000 miles for conventional or semi-synthetic vehicles; or 5,000 miles for synthetic oil changes; and Cleaning additives or treatments such as BG fuel induction service or MOA/EPR (a “shampoo and conditioner” additive) help with keeping the moving components in the best condition long term.     If you like all that “techy” stu ... read more

Top Fuel Efficiency Tips

Top Fuel Efficiency Tips

With today’s sky-high fuel prices, here are some fuel efficiency tips that save you money With no end in sight on rising gas prices, maximizing your fuel efficiency is essential these days. Conserve fuel, lower fuel emissions, extend the life of your vehicle, and keep more money in your pocket with these tips. Maintain the proper tire pressure.  Improperly inflated tires (over or under inflated tires) add more wear to your tires and puts more pressure on your engine, requiring more fuel to operate.  It also wears out your tires quicker.  Properly inflated tires can save 11 cents a gallon per NHTSA. Change air filters regularly.  This ensures the engine performs at top efficiency.  Also, your air filter determines the quality and quantity of clean air the engine receives.  The engine air filter is different than your oil filter. Use the right oil/routine oil changes.  Car oil ... read more

Goodyear’s Newest Technology Prepares You for Mother Nature’s Worst

Goodyear’s Newest Technology Prepares You for Mother Nature’s Worst

Be ready for anything! The WeatherReady® is Goodyear’s best all-weather traction tire, for Mother Nature's worst. Now you can feel confident with superior performance in even the harshest weather conditions. With an asymmetric tread pattern and sweeping traction grooves to evacuate water and deliver excellent wet traction, you can feel confident in having control during Midwest rainy seasons with predictable traction and an added benefit of noise reduction — two promises these tires actually do live up to. As the tire wears, Evolving Traction® Grooves transition from deep grooves to wide grooves to help displace water and slush for more confident control on slick and slippery roads. This Evolving Traction Groove technology opens differently in different conditions, which is the reason the tire transitions effectively from warm weather to cold, according to Goodyear. It’s a little physical cheat that allows the tires to be suited to both cold and warm we ... read more

Mayor’s Proclamation Celebrates 90 Years

Mayor’s Proclamation Celebrates 90 Years

On October 24, 2019, O’Brien Tire & Auto Care receives Mayor’s Proclamation for its 90 years’ service as a small business in Granite City. Click the Mayor's Proclamation photo to view it in full

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