This Scanner Checks Tire Tread Depth When You Drive over It

This Scanner Checks Tire Tread Depth When You Drive over It

When’s the last time you checked your tire tread? It would be insanely easy to do on your quality used car with this amazing scanner. (This blog information comes courtesy of Autoblog.)

Most people probably don’t remember the last time they checked the tread on their tires, if they’ve even done it at all. The common method involves holding a penny or a quarter in the groove and checking whether you can see a president’s head – it’s not exactly precise, and it’s also really easy to forget to do it regularly. Because we’re forgetful, Finnish tiremaker Nokian has a new tool to make checking tread life as easy as doing basically nothing.

Nokian Tyre and some partners have developed a way for drivers to check tread depth without even getting out of their cars. In fact, the tires are scanned without the driver even knowing it’s happening. The device, called SnapSkan, is meant to be placed somewhere people line up in their cars – at a car wash, a service station, even a drive-thru – and then they just drive over it. It looks sort of like a grocery store scanner mounted on the ground, but those red lines are using 3D imaging to measure the tires, not scan UPCs. There’s also a camera to scan the license plate and figure out what kind of car its attached to (in countries where that info is centrally available) and then the driver can get a report on their tires’ remaining life through a text message or an email.

This would be particularly useful in the winter, when you really don’t want to be outside holding spare change and getting all gross with slush. The system is being installed in Finland initially (where they definitely have winter), with the first being put to use at the entrance of an underground parking garage, and Nokian says it plans to branch out to other countries in the coming years.

At least in America, we line up in drive-thrus a lot more often than we think about tire wear, which is unfortunate because inadequate tread depth is a serious safety issue and can lead to accidents. Until the government mandates built-in tread scanners on new cars like it does tire-pressure monitors (we’re half-kidding), this seems like a great way to keep people informed about their tires.

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Top 5 Misconceptions About Tires

Top 5 Misconceptions About Tires

What do you know about the tires on your quality used car? Chances are you might not know these top 5 misconceptions about tires.

1. A tire will burst if you exceed the “max press” number

A new, quality tire will not burst. In fact, you can go well beyond the “max press” number without a problem. Worn tires, however, are at risk if you exceed the “max press” number found on the sidewall of your tire.

2. The proper PSI for a tire is listed on the tire

The truth is the proper tire pressure is formulated by the vehicle manufacturer, not the tire manufacturer. Check your quality used car’s manual for proper tire pressure.

3. Cheap tires are as good as name brand tires

As with most everything in life, you get what you pay for. That’s not to say that you should always buy the most expensive tires. Do you research before replacing any tires on your quality used car from The Auto Connection.

4. If the tread is still there, the tire is good to go

Tires may look fine at a glance, but the older they get the more they deteriorate – this is especially tricky with cars that aren’t driven much. Check for hairline cracks and deteriorating rubber. If you’re uncertain, bring your quality used car over to The Auto Connection for an inspection.

5. All-season tires beat summer tires for grip on a wet road

All-season tires have better mobility in snow and cold temperatures, but in exchange they lose points in wet-road traction.

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Is it Time to Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

Is it Time to Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

Some reports say as much as 20% of car accidents are a result of impaired vision from a damp or dirty windshield. Other reports suggest that up to 50% of wiper blades on operational vehicles need to be replaced. Is it time to replace your windshield wipers on your quality used car? Here’s how to tell:

  • Cracks – splits, hardness or discoloration in the rubber
  • Jagged edges – the blades are worn around the edges, with some rubber “hairs” hanging off
  • Frame issues – the metal frame of the wiper is bent, causing the blades to perform poorly

If the wiper blades on your quality used car have any of these symptoms, it’s time to get new blades. But which kind does your car need? Here are four types:

  • Standard – cost-efficient all-weather blades
  • Aerodynamic – designed to channel air, keeping the rubber in constant contact with the windshield
  • High-tech – contain additives for increased life and performance, and even a built-in wear sensor
  • Winter – made of stronger frames, some of which are heated

Whatever your blade type, the typical lifespan is 12-18 months. Wiper blades vary in size, so be sure to take note of both the driver and passenger blades before purchasing any refills. If you have questions about when to replace your wiper blades on your quality used car from The Auto Connection, we’d be happy to help.

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How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

Detailing your car is a great way to make it look and feel like new. It may take a solid amount of time and effort (four to eight hours in most cases), but the good news is you don’t have to do it too often. Ready to get your quality used car in tip-top shape? Roll up your sleeves because it’s time to learn how to detail your car like a pro.

Get in the Nooks and Crannies

Start with your interior. Get in the crevices and clear all the dirt and grime out. Starting with the inside ensures your quality used car’s exterior won’t be dirtied by the removal of dust and debris from the interior.

Top to Bottom

For a cloth headliner (interior of your roof) use an upholstery cleaner and microfiber cloth to rid of any marks. Spray the cleaner directly on the cloth (not the headliner), then gently brush. For windows, finish the glass a balled up newspaper to get it a just-off-the-lot shine.

Take out the Mats

Hose down rubber mats and use a foaming cleaner for fabric-based mats. They may be under your feet, but they still help to give the car an overall clean look.

To the Car Wash!

Utilizing a self-serve car wash’s high pressure hose helps you get the exterior as clean as possible. Most car washes will have industrial-strength vacuums, perfect for putting the final cleaning touches on your quality used car from The Auto Connection.

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Autoblog: Jay Leno and Neil deGrasse Tyson Lose a Window at 120 MPH

Autoblog: Jay Leno and Neil deGrasse Tyson Lose a Window at 120 MPH

Are you into a quality used car, but it’s jet-driven cars that really pique your interest? Then we have a treat for you. (This blog information comes courtesy of Autoblog.)

Jay Leno has a lot of experience making videos about cars, but things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes the car ends up on its roof. Other times, when you’re giving a ride to a celebrity like astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in your custom, biofuel-powered turbine sports car, the window flies off at 120 mph. That’s no reason to stop filming and ruin a take. Just watch the video to see the whole thing unfold.

The car in this video is Leno’s crazy Honeywell turbine-powered EcoJet, was co-designed by Leno and GM at the latter’s design center in North Hollywood, California, near Leno’s home in Burbank. The jet engine runs on biofuel and produces 650 horsepower while the Cadillac-inspired body is made of carbon fiber and kevlar. The car was created for SEMA in 2006 and even has what appears to be valid California registration.

Tyson appears to be more surprised than Leno about the missing glass, but that doesn’t last long as they push it to 165 mph. With a longer runway, he probably could have gone faster – window or no.

Click here to watch the original video.

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How to Fix a Tire Leak

How to Fix a Tire Leak

Do you have a tire that needs to be aired up often? Get your quality used car back on the road again—today, you can learn how to fix a tire leak at home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tire Plug & Patch
  • Soapy Water
  • Pliers
  • Jack Stand
  • Jack
  • Lug Wrench
  • Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses

Before lifting the car—to prevent the wheel from spinning in the air—loosen the lug nuts while the tire is on the ground. Don’t remove them altogether just yet. Now, lift the car and place the jack stands in the proper locations and release the weight off the jack slowly.

Then, remove the lugs and the wheel. Spray a bottle of soapy water along the tread of the tire. The leaky air will cause the soapy water to bubble, revealing the leak point. If you find an object stuck in the tire, remove it with pliers. Be sure to wear a thick glove and safety glasses as tiny objects may be forced outward by the air as you pull them out.

With the object out of the tread, immediately plunge the reamer into the hole, while minimizing released air. This can be difficult to move in and out. The goal is to use the reamer to clean up the hole prior to forcing the plug material in that tight space.

After several passes, leave the reamer in the hole and prepare the plug tool by sliding the plug into the opened end. Remove the reamer and plunge the plug tool into the air hole once the plug’s in place. This will require a lot of strength, so try standing over the tire to get leverage. Once the plug penetrates the tread, quickly pull the tool vertically out to set the plug in place.

If extra plug material sticks out, trim it with your snippers. With the tire off the rim, you can inspect the tire from the inside for any damage that may not have been apparent before. Now, with access to the inside of the tire, carefully razor blade the excess plug material, then, lightly sand down the area so that the patch can lay flush against the rubber to ensure the longevity of the repair.

A chemical cement is then applied to the sanded area and the patches protective cover is removed before installing over the tire plug. The final step: A deburring tool is used to spread the glue evenly under the patch before re-installing the tire.

When it’s all done, be sure to test your quality used car’s tire for leaks again. And keep an eye on the tire in the coming days, testing its pressure every day for the first week.

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