It is not uncommon to find creases, ripples, valleys or waves of indentations on the sidewall of your radial tire. On smaller tires, they can sometimes be very delicate and easy to miss. On larger tires, they might stand out and be quite obvious, even from a distance.
These creases are known in the tire business as sidewall undulations. Sidewall undulations are vertical, meaning they make a straight line across the sidewall, from the bead to the tread. They develop naturally because of the internal architecture of your radial tire.
That is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle’s emissions, ignition or fuel systems. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as severe as a faulty catalytic converter, so you shouldn’t ignore it. All cars and light trucks have onboard diagnostics that are supposed to detect engine-related problems that affect the emissions control systems. (more…)
Hosick Motors Service Pro Tip: When was the last time you changed a flat? Hopefully never. But.. we never know when the need might present itself. One of the most common mistakes when changing a tire is to jack the car up and then attempt to loosen the lug nuts. Make it a bit easier for yourself and loosen the lug nuts first to avoid the wheel spinning while floating in the air.
Knowing when to change your wiper blades, do you remember your last replacement?
You can usually tell when a blade is past its physical prime, it will show wear signs like cracking, tearing or discoloration. Another indicator is the quality of the wipe. Streaking or unwiped areas are sure signs. If the (more…)
This is Child Passenger Safety Seat week (Sep 13-21, 2013). Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Here is a website with tips on how to make sure your child is in the right seat, and the seat properly installed in your vehicle: safekids.org (more…)
With the nip of fall in the air, it is now time to think about your car or truck and the fall and winter weather ahead of us. As the season changes, car care and preventative maintenance can save you money as well as hassle. Routine maintenance, using quality parts can help to keep your vehicle moving and you safe through the most difficult driving (more…)