Buckhead Tire & Auto Repair Blog

A Brief History of the Windshield Wiper

People hadn’t been driving cars for very long before they realized that visibility in the rain was going to be a problem, and hanging one’s head out the window to see wasn’t really a solution. There had to be something to clear a car’s windshield of rainwater.Windshield Wipers Atlanta GA
The very first designs for the windshield wiper were credited to a Polish concert pianist named Jozef Hofmann, as well as Mills Munitions of Birmingham, England. In fact, at least three inventors claimed patents for windshield wiper-type systems right about the same time. In the end, American inventor Mary Anderson received credit for the first operational windshield wiper, back in 1903. Anderson’s “window cleaning device” used a ...
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How To Check Your Car's Brake Pads

With power brakes, it can be hard to notice when brake pads have worn to a point of needing replacement. Braking performance often doesn’t seem to drop off considerably until the brakes have gotten to a point of actually being dangerous! Here are some ways to get out in front of a problem like worn brakes:Brake Repair in Atlanta, GA

Listen to your brakes. Many brake pads are designed with a spring-steel tab that protrudes from the backing plate and serves as a wear indicator. When the brake pad friction material has worn down to a minimum thickness, the tab will drag on the rotor and create a loud screech. If you hear a metallic grinding noise when you apply the brakes, it means that your pads are worn completely through and the metal backing plate of the pad is in contact with the rotor ...

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My Car...Why Does It Stink??

Sometimes a car can get a real smell to it…and no, we don’t mean the smell that comes from leftover fast food wrappers or spilled sodas. Sometimes a bad Oil Leak in Atlanta GAsmell can mean a real problem is developing:

--A sickly, sweetish maple-syrup/chemical smell is likely coolant. It could mean, if you’re lucky, a leak in a radiator or heater hose…or if you’re not lucky, a failed intake manifold gasket or cylinder head gasket. If you smell the odor inside the passenger compartment, check the passenger floorboard for moisture; it could mean the heater core is leaking.

--A smell like gym socks most likely means mildew growing in the A/C system. The condenser in the system should also be drying the air, but in older vehicles, mildew can still accumulate. In most cases, running the fan on high with the A/C turned off ...

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So Many Tires...Which Are Right for My Car?

Tire technology has come a long way in the last 30 years, and along with it, the tire market has pretty well exploded. There’s a staggering number of choices out there when it comes to tires, for just about any kind of vehicle. Let’s break it down a little:All Season Tires in Atlanta GA

--All-season tires are a great choice for most drivers of sedans, coupes, minivans, SUVs, and crossovers. All-season tires offer a good ride, long wear, responsive handling and excellent road manners. The tread pattern on all-season tires is designed for excellent traction on wet or dry pavement, although they tend to lose their composure in light snow or ice.

--Performance all-season tires come with a higher speed rating and usually have better cornering performance and steering response than all-season passenger tires; however, the tradeoff is in a soft ...

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Is Your Car Ready For Winter?

If you’re in Atlanta, you probably remember the ice storm of a couple of years back that left people stranded all over the whole region. Before another mess like Winter Driving in Atlanta GAthat hits again, make sure you’ve got a good trouble bag packed in your vehicle. Here are some suggestions:

--Winter cap and gloves, sweater, blanket

--Ice scraper and brush

--Kitty litter or sand can help give you some traction in snow or ice

--Flashlight

--Cellphone charger or power bank

--Jumper cables

--Highway flares or a strobe flasher

--Well-stocked first aid kit

--Water and snacks, including some high-protein items

A trouble bag is essential, but don’t neglect your vehicle. Here’s a checklist of things to ...

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