Buckhead Tire & Auto Repair Blog

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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