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Cooling System Maintenance? But It's Winter!

December 17th, 2016
Your cooling system is important for more than just keeping the engine cool in summer!
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Think Your Battery's Okay for a Florida Winter?

November 27th, 2016
We don't have winters here like they do in Minnesota...but that doesn't mean that winter is an easy time for your car's battery.
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Why Car Batteries Wear Down

August 25th, 2016

It’s a simple fact. Any battery that’s designed to be rechargeable can only stand so many charge/discharge cycles before it starts to weaken and lose its ability to Car Battery in Pembroke Pines FLstore electricity. That’s true of your cell phone and laptop, and it’s true of your car battery as well.

Your car battery relies on a chemical reaction between acid in each individual cell and lead plates. While newer batteries are “zero maintenance” and require no distilled water (which turns to acid), they still only have a limited service life…and the cheaper the battery, the less likely it is to last through its entire warranty period.

While your battery is bound to weaken and fail eventually, there are things you can do to prolong its life and enhance its reliability:

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FamilyTire Distributors is Offering $25 Off on a Purchase of 4 Tires!

July 22nd, 2016

You get behind the wheel, put the key in the ignition, your car starts and it takes you where you want to go. Tire Coupon in Mirimar FL

You do it every day and it's so routine that you tend to take it for granted. People tend to take their tires for granted, too, and you'd be surprised at some of the thoroughly worn-out tires we see on customers' cars from time to time. Driving on worn-out tires can be a big mistake, though. Not only are worn tires in much greater danger of failing and leaving you by the side of the road,  they're downright dangerous on wet pavement, and that poor traction is also hazardous if you ever have to make a panic stop or other emergency maneuver. 

That's totally aside from the added noise, ...[more]

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Vacation Time -- Right Here In Florida!

June 2nd, 2016

Summer's on its way, the kids will be out of school and people are thinking about vacation plans. Why not save on airfare and keep it close to home? There's a Summer Vacation in Pembroke Pines FLlot of choices for vacation fun right here in our own backyard! 

  • Paradise Cove Water Park is a great choice for the whole family. Take a five-story spiral slide down Paradise Pipeline, driven by 400 gallons of water per minute, and splash into four feet of cool water. There's Sharky's Lagoon for water fun, or Parrot's Point for the younger kids. Crazy Creek takes you on a 410-foot ride with plenty of interactive fun along the way. Paradise Cove is affordable, too -- $10/person ($11.75 on weekends) for all day, or only $6.75 per head after 3 p.m. Concessions, picnic tables and umbrellas are available.&nbs ...[more]
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What Kind Of Tires Do I Need?

May 17th, 2016

There are so many choices for tires in today’s marketplace, it can become a little confusing or even overwhelming. What kind of tires are right for you? That all Tires in Pembroke Pines FLdepends on what you’re driving and what your driving habits are.

· If you’re driving a sedan, minivan or crossover, most drivers will find touring or grand-touring tires to be just fine for day-to-day driving. Touring tires are designed for low noise, a smooth ride, good road manners and stable, predictable handling.
 
· If you live in a region that sees light snow in the winter, all-season tires are a good pick. All-season tires have the road manners of touring tires, except with a tread pattern and rubber formulation that enables them to have good traction in light wintry conditions. ...[more]
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Repair…Or Replace That Tire?

April 28th, 2016

You’re driving along and suddenly you hear a bang, or you feel the vehicle start to drive a little funny, and next thing you know you hear the “flap flap flap” that means a flat tire. Or, you come out to the parking lot after work to find that one rim is resting on the ground after your tire has lost its air.

You want to get the most out of your tire dollars, so do you repair or replace that flat one?

That all depends on the type of damage to the tire. Often when a tire fails at highway speed, it can result in a tire that’s too shredded or otherwise damaged to have any hope of an effective repair. If you’re lucky, though, maybe the puncture is just on the tread surface. A nail hole or puncture that’s up to ¼” in size can usually be repaired using an internal patch and a special cement. At one time, tire shops  would plug a damaged tire, but plugs are now considered unreliable and few shops will apply them ...[more]

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Why You Should Go To A Local Auto Repair Shop

March 14th, 2016

If you’re in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL, we know you’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to auto repair and tires. There are the faceless, identical Auto Repair in Pembroke Pines FLbig-box stores, there are the sketchy shops on the corner with hand-painted signs and a bunch of half-repaired cars, and there’s every mom-and-pop or small auto repair chain inbetween. We also know that the big-box franchises regularly run specials that can look pretty tempting, but here are some things to consider when you’re making the decision on where to take your vehicle…

·         We’re living in a world that is becoming more conformist and homogenized all the time. While that’s fine for some people, spending your money with a local business helps pres ...[more]

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Getting The Most Miles Out Of Your Tires

February 8th, 2016

Your tires are an investment. Even a relatively cheap set of tires can easily run $500 or more, after disposal fees, taxes and installation. Unfortunately, they’re Tires in Hollywood FLalso an investment that is constantly depreciating, so it just makes sense to try to get the most out of your money with a set of tires.

The good news is that even lower-priced tires are designed to last longer than they were a generation ago. At one time, bias-ply tires were only good for about 20,000 miles (a couple of years’ worth of driving!) and early radials were lucky to go 35-40,000 miles before wearing out. Now, with improvements in tire construction and tread formulations, it’s not at all unusual to get 60,000 miles out of a set of tires.

That’s only with the correct care and driving habits, however. These are all goo ...[more]

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A Few Myths About Wheel Alignments

January 27th, 2016

We do a lot of wheel alignments at Family Tire Distributors…and we run across some misconceptions about wheel alignments from time to time. We’d like to Wheel Alignments in Hollywood & Pembroke Pines, FLtake a few minutes to clear up a few of them.

I hear that my car needs a wheel alignment once a year…”

Not really true. Wheel alignments are a repair item, not a maintenance or preventive maintenance item. With proper driving habits and no incidents like hitting a curb or pothole, your vehicle’s wheel alignment should literally be good for years.

“My car’s pulling to one side – do I need a wheel alignment?”

Well, not necessarily. A pull to ...[more]

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