Chabill's Tire Blog recent posts.Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:41:50 -0600en-ushourly1January Tire Spotlight: Bridgestone Dueler H/L, 27 Jan 2016 16:41:50 -0600TCS<p> At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, we&rsquo;re proud to carry the Bridgestone product line, and one of our biggest sellers has been the <a href="">Dueler H/L </a>from Bridgestone. It&rsquo;s <img alt="Bridgestone Dueler in Lafayette LA" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />a great choice for drivers of light trucks, crossovers and SUVs who are looking for a premium all-season tire. It&rsquo;s a tire that offers great ride, handling and road manners with low noise and great traction on wet or slippery pavement.</p> <p> The Dueler line makes use of Bridgestone&rsquo;s UNI-T technology, a package of innovations that includes:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Computer-aided design for better road contact, smoother and quieter ride</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Long-link carbon black in the tread formulation, re-engineered at the molecular level for long wear and wet-weather performance</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; O-Bead II, an improved bead design that ensures a rounder tire and better straight-line stability</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advanced tread compound for better traction and control even as the tire wears down</p> <p> The Dueler H/L is molded into a symmetric tread pattern for low noise and ride comfort. A continuous center rib and large blocks at the shoulders help with steering response and highway stability. In wet weather, the wide circumferential grooves, sipes and lateral notches enhance traction. Internally, the Dueler H/L features twin steel belts and a spiral-wound layer for support and stability under the tread area, with polyester cords to stabilize the sidewalls and improve ride quality.</p> <p> The Dueler H/L represents some of the best technology and innovations that Bridgestone has to offer &ndash; it&rsquo;s no surprise that it&rsquo;s such a popular choice for so many drivers. If you&rsquo;re thinking it&rsquo;s time for a set of great all-season tires for your light truck, SUV or crossover, give us a call and <a href="">make an appointment</a> at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service and let&rsquo;s see what kind of price we can make you on a set of Bridgestone Dueler H/L tires!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>/blog/view/january-tire-spotlight-bridgestone-dueler-h-l/feed0Oversize Wheel and Tires – A Good Idea?, 22 Jan 2016 16:33:47 -0600TCS<p> You see it all the time&hellip;either urban rides rolling on 24&rdquo; or 26&rdquo; wheels and low-profile tires, or 4 x 4 trucks on huge skins that allow enough ground clearance to <img alt="Oversize Rims in Lafayette LA" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 173px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />get the differential and exhaust over obstacles. There are pros and cons to both of these ideas&hellip;.and they&rsquo;re mostly &ldquo;cons.&rdquo; Here&rsquo;s a brief rundown:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Larger wheels and tires are heavier. That means more rotating mass that has to be brought to a halt, and a compromise in braking performance, with more brake wear and longer stopping distances. On a truck, in particular, those big wheels tend to be much heavier can mean premature wear on suspension, steering and drivetrain parts. Premature wear on steering parts, in particular, will make <a href="">wheel alignment</a> difficult.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Taller wheels will throw off speedometer readings, by making the speedometer read slower than your actual speed. In addition, they can throw off the algorithms of your ABS system and vehicle stability controls, both of which operate by monitoring the rotational speed of each wheel.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Taller rims and tires can rub on the inside of wheel wells</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Heavier wheels and tires can add to the vehicle&rsquo;s &ldquo;unsprung weight,&rdquo; meaning the weight that isn&rsquo;t supported by the suspension. Adding to unsprung weight can put new stresses on steering and suspension components, all of which were designed around a set unsprung weight package that came with factory wheels and tires.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Taller wheels changes the truck&rsquo;s effective gear ratio, which will affect power, acceleration and fuel economy, and will change the transmission&rsquo;s shift points. If you&rsquo;re going to go with much larger tires on a truck, it&rsquo;s a good idea to have the rear axle gears swapped to a lower gear ratio (which is numerically higher).</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve got a car and you want to put 24&rdquo; or 26&rdquo; rims on it, remember that along with all the other drawbacks we&rsquo;ve already noted, the low profile tires are going to have a much harsher ride. That&rsquo;s not hard to figure out &ndash; their shorter sidewalls mean there&rsquo;s less rubber to absorb the jolts and bumps in the road. It&rsquo;s like the difference between sleeping on a nice mattress or rolling out a yoga mat and trying to sleep on it.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wider tires (not taller) can give some improvement in cornering ability, steering response and traction, if that&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;re after. Much wider tires, however, will mean increased rolling resistance and poorer fuel economy.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s the upshot.</p> <p> Your car&rsquo;s transmission, drivetrain, brakes, suspension and steering were all designed with a specific size wheel and tire as a prime consideration. Any change to wheel and tire size will have an effect on braking, handling, ride quality, road manners, wheel alignment and other factors, and the more radical the change in size, the more it will necessitate a re-engineering of the vehicle&rsquo;s suspension and drivetrain. If you&rsquo;re really wanting to go with tall wheels for your urban ride or big oversize mudders for your truck, you might want to prepare yourself for other upgrades to really make that work (or get ready for a lot of headaches).</p> <p> We hope that answers any questions you might have about oversize wheels and tires for your vehicle. If you&rsquo;re thinking you want to go that way, or if you just need a set of stock OEM-size tires, give us a call at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, <a href="">make an appointment a</a>nd let&rsquo;s see what we can do for you!</p>/blog/view/oversize-wheel-and-tires-a-good-idea/feed0 What Happens To Your Old Motor Oil?, 21 Jan 2016 16:19:21 -0600TCS<p> If you ever <a href="">changed your own oil</a>, you know it&rsquo;s pretty nasty stuff. Smelly, dirty, filled with acids, soot and unburned hydrocarbons, a quart of used motor oil can <img alt="Oil Changes in Lafayette LA" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 185px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />pollute up to a quarter-million gallons of water if it makes its way to the water table. That means that the waste oil from a single oil change can contaminate more than a million gallons of water, which is a year&rsquo;s supply of water for about 50 people. And if you do change your own oil, you end up with five quarts of the stuff&hellip;and before long, that five quarts will turn into several gallons that all need to be dumped off at a recycling facility. Nationwide, about 1.3 billion gallons of used motor oil are collected and recycled every year.</p> <p> As nasty as used motor oil is, though, the good news is that there are plenty of uses for it once it&rsquo;s been drained from your car&rsquo;s crankcase.</p> <p> Obviously, used motor oil has plenty of impurities that need to be filtered out. Virgin motor oil is degraded by the engine&rsquo;s heating/cooling cycles, and starts to pick up carbon, acids, metal particles, benzene, lead, arsenic, zinc, cadmium and other contaminants just from being in the engine for several thousand miles. That&rsquo;s not even thinking about the water, dirt, transmission fluid, coolant and other junk that gets mixed in with the used oil before it makes it to the recycling collection tanks.</p> <p> The oil is first tested to determine whether it will even be suitable for recycling. It is then dehydrated, separating the water out of the oil &ndash; used motor oil is actually about 5-7 percent water. Any ethylene glycol antifreeze can be captured out of the oil and used as recycled antifreeze. Vacuum distillation separates the lighter oil elements from the heavy base oil, then hydrogenation removes any polymers and other chemical compounds from the oil.</p> <p> Final oil separation, known as &ldquo;fractionating,&rdquo; is what splits the used motor oil into three separate grades:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Light viscosity lubricants, used for general lubrication (i.e. refrigeration lubricant, light machine oil)</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Low viscosity lubricants for industrial (i.e. machine shops) and automotive use</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; High viscosity lubricants for heavy-duty applications (i.e. thick grease for machinery)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Aside from being used as lubricants and greases, motor oil can be repurposed as fuel for blast furnaces, boilers or marine engines, and can be used as asphalt extender, roofing tar, and other industrial applications. The best of what comes from the re-refining process can then be mixed with detergents, anti-foaming agents, dispersants and other additives and sold as motor oil again. Tests show that re-refined motor oil performs as well as virgin mineral-based oil when it comes to lubrication and protection.</p> <p> When you come to Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service for an oil change, you can be confident that your used motor oil will be recycled properly. It&rsquo;s our commitment to you and to the environment!</p> <p> What&rsquo;s your motor oil looking like? Is it nice and honey-colored, or is it the color of black coffee? What&rsquo;s your odometer reading say? If it&rsquo;s time for an oil change, make an <a href="">appointment </a>with us at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service and let us get your car taken care of today!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/what-happens-to-your-old-motor-oil/feed0December Tires Spotlight: BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A Tour, 01 Dec 2015 15:19:00 -0600TCS<div> <img alt="BFGoodrich Tires in Lafayette, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 301px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Grand touring tire comfort and all-weather traction&hellip;drivers of light trucks, crossovers and SUVs can get the best of both worlds with the BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A Tour. It&rsquo;s a quiet, smooth-riding tire that can eat up mile after highway mile in even the worst conditions.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Long Trail T/A Tour uses an all-season rubber formulation, molded into a symmetric tread pattern with independent shoulder blocks, a rigid center rib for straight-line stability and notched intermediate ribs for precise handling. Sipes are distributed around the tread blocks for extra biting edges and enhanced traction in wet and wintry weather.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Internally, the Long Trail T/A Tour uses two steel belts and <a href="">BF Goodrich Tire</a>&rsquo;s innovative Equal Tension Containment (ETEC) system of spiral-wrapped nylon bands, for predictable handling, long wear and a supple ride. The two-ply polyester casing is designed to resist sidewall flex and take up the jolts and impacts of the highway without passing them on to the driver.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The <a href="">BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A Tour</a> is backed by a 60,000 mile warranty and features a &ldquo;T&rdquo; speed rating. It&rsquo;s available in a wide range of fitments for vehicles like the Ford Explorer, Nissan 4Runner and Chevrolet Tahoe and features a great-looking white-letter sidewall. <a href="">Schedule an appointment</a> with us to shop for <a href="">tires</a> in Lafayette, LA.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/december-tires-spotlight-bf-goodrich-long-trail-t-a-tour/feed0We're Answering Your Brake Repair Questions, 16 Nov 2015 15:05:59 -0600TCS<div> <img alt="Brake Repair in Baton Rouge, LA " src="" style="width: 300px; height: 251px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we do a lot of brake service on customers&rsquo; vehicles. Not surprisingly, we also get a lot of questions about brake repair, so we&rsquo;d like to clear a few of them up here.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>My brakes are making a pretty loud squeal when I step on them. Do I need brake service?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Not necessarily. Sometimes brake squeal is coming from a simple vibration between the brake rotor and the pads. In these cases, there are aerosol products and other compounds that can quiet brake squeal.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>What kind of noises do worn brakes make, then?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Most brake pads are designed with a wear indicator that protrudes from behind the brake pad&rsquo;s backing plate. This tab will drag along the rotor when the pads are at a certain minimum thickness, setting up a pretty loud metallic screech. Sometimes the squeal mentioned above can also indicate worn brakes, if it&rsquo;s accompanied by a noticeable drop in braking performance. The sound that you really don&rsquo;t want to hear, though, is a loud metallic grinding sound. That means that your pads are worn down to the steel backing plates, and the mounting rivets are digging grooves into the smooth steel surface of the rotors. In this case, your car is no longer safe to drive and you should seek brake service right away.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>What are some other signs of worn brakes?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The most obvious sign is a brake pedal that travels almost all the way to the floor before the brakes engage, of course. Others include:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> Wobble or shimmy while braking</li> <li> Pull to one side while braking</li> <li> Vibration or &ldquo;pulsing&rdquo; that can be felt through the brake pedal while braking</li> </ul> <div> <strong>What does &ldquo;ABS&rdquo; mean?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> All newer cars are fitted with antilock braking systems (ABS). With ABS, sensors monitor the speed of each wheel and send that information back to a processor. They take these readings hundreds of times per second; if a wheel is starting to turn slower and seems like it could be on the verge of locking up, the processor will regulate braking pressure through a series of valves and pumps. ABS greatly improves braking control and performance, especially in wet weather.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Does ABS need maintenance too?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Modern ABS systems are generally pretty trouble-free, but components can fail at times. In many cases, an illuminated dashboard ABS lamp means that the ABS processor needs to be reset.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> One thing is for sure &ndash; the longer you put off brake service, the more it&rsquo;s going to cost you. If left unattended, your brake issues can end up damaging the rotors and causing more problems&hellip;not to mention putting your safety at risk.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Are your brakes getting a little mushy? Noisy? Taking longer to stop? <a href="">Set up an appointment</a> with Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA and let us get your <a href="">brake repairs</a>&nbsp;or other <a href="">auto repairs</a> taken care of! Make sure services such as this are part of your vehile&#39;s <a href="">routine checklists</a>.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/we-re-answering-your-brake-repair-questions/feed0November Tire Spotlight: BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, 02 Nov 2015 14:33:00 -0600TCS<div> <img alt="BFGoodrich Tires in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 297px; height: 233px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Drivers of light trucks and SUVs who are looking for great off-road performance along with low noise and good road manners are able to get the best of both worlds with the <a href="">BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO</a>. The All-Terrain T/A KO is designed with a chunky, computer-optimized all-terrain tread pattern. The high void ratio helps to clean mud and debris from the treads, with interlocking tread blocks and a dense sipe pattern for wet-weather traction and low highway noise. On the edges of the tread, &ldquo;Shoulder Lock&rdquo; traction bars let the tire dig in and claw at deep dirt and sand surfaces for aired-down off-road performance.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Internally, the All-Terrain T/A KO is designed with twin steel belts and <a href="">BF Goodrich Tire&rsquo;s </a>innovative TriGard construction of three-ply polyester cord layers in the sidewall. A single strand of bead wire is continually wrapped multiple times for enhanced bead strength, and built-in rim protectors help prevent damage to wheels while off-road. The BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO meets the industry&rsquo;s severe snow service requirements, and is branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Off-road conditions and job sites are tough on tires. With its puncture-resistant sidewalls, chip-and-tear-resistant tread blocks and rim protection, this great-looking white-letter tire is up to the job! <a href="">Schedule an appointment</a> for <a href="">tires</a> in Baton Rouge, LA!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/november-tire-spotlight-bf-goodrich-all-terrain-t-a-ko/feed0Everything You Want To Know About Wheel Alignments, 02 Nov 2015 14:06:06 -0600TCS<div> <img alt="Wheel Alignment in Lafayette, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 318px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, wheel alignments are a big part of the services that we offer. Not surprisingly, we do get questions about wheel alignments from time to time, and we&rsquo;d like to hopefully clear a few of them up.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h3> What exactly is wheel alignment?&nbsp;</h3> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> When your car leaves the factory, the wheels are set at very specific angles in relation to each other and to the car&rsquo;s frame. Engineers set these angles for optimum ride quality, handling and steering response. In time, with enough wear and tear, your steering and suspension components will drift away from those alignment specs, and your car will begin to show premature tire wear and handling/drivability problems.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h3> I&rsquo;m noticing a vibration from my car&rsquo;s front end. Do I need a wheel alignment?&nbsp;</h3> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Vibrations are hardly ever due to an alignment issue. More often than not, it&rsquo;s a wheel balancing problem that sets up a vibration. As tires wear down, their weight distribution changes, which is one of the things that can cause a wheel balancing issue&hellip;but that vibration is most likely not due to alignment.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> My car has gradually been pulling to the right. It seems like I always have to hold the steering wheel off-center to maintain a straight line on the highway. Does this mean I need a <a href="">wheel alignment</a>?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A pull to the right or left can also be caused by an underinflated tire on that side, or a crowned pavement surface can make it seem as though a car is pulling to the right. Often, though, it&rsquo;s a tire that&rsquo;s skewed to one side, a condition called &ldquo;toe-out&rdquo; or &ldquo;toe-in.&rdquo; That tire is being dragged along by the other tires and is constantly trying to force the car in another direction. Quick answer: yes, that could be an alignment problem.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h3> What are some other signs of an alignment problem?&nbsp;</h3> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Get a look at the front tires. Are they worn unevenly along an inside or outside edge? That&rsquo;s a sure sign of an alignment problem. The out-of-spec alignment angle means that the tread is being &ldquo;scrubbed&rdquo; off unevenly as the other wheels drag that tire along. Other signs include:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> A steering wheel that doesn&rsquo;t center itself quickly after rounding a corner</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Steering that feels &ldquo;heavy&rdquo; or clumsy</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Tires squealing even when turning slowly on smooth pavement</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h3> What problems can poor alignment cause?</h3> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Well&hellip;constantly having to fight the steering wheel of a car that tries to pull to the right or left is pretty exhausting. Other than that, the added friction means poorer fuel economy and, of course, tires that are worn out before their time. Remember also that this type of tire wear will invalidate a tread wear warranty.&nbsp;</div> <div> What&rsquo;s a four wheel alignment?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Newer cars with adjustable rear suspensions often require four-wheel alignments, to make sure that the front wheels are at the appropriate angles in relation to the rear wheels. This is known as &ldquo;thrust angle.&rdquo; Four-wheel alignments are more expensive and complex, but they have a definite payoff in terms of overall handling and road manners.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;ve been noticing any signs that might indicate a need for an alignment on your car, don&rsquo;t put it off &ndash; it&rsquo;s not going to get better on its own, and you&rsquo;re just going to wear out your <a href="">tires</a> needlessly. Give us a call at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA &nbsp;or <a href="">schedule an appointment online</a> and let our technicians get your alignment issues &ldquo;straightened out&quot; or any other <a href="">tune-ups</a> you might need.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/everything-you-want-to-know-about-wheel-alignments/feed0October Tire Spotlight: Michelin LTX A/T2, 05 Oct 2015 13:20:30 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Michelin LTX Tires in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 188px; height: 257px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Looking for a top-performing all-terrain light truck tire that still offers low noise and good road manners? You can&rsquo;t go wrong with Michelin&rsquo;s LTX A/T2, designed to meet the <a href="http://tires">tires</a> needs of recreational and commercial pickup, van and SUV drivers.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The LTX A/T2 is designed with an advanced tread compound that&rsquo;s optimized for light truck needs&hellip;tough enough for long wear, but soft enough for outstanding traction. It&rsquo;s molded into an independent tread block design with <a href="">Michelin Tires </a>Biting Edges, notched blocks in the tread pattern for enhanced traction on surfaces like mud, snow, gravel or wet grass. The tire footprint benefits from Michelin&rsquo;s Advanced MaxTouch Construction, while Comfort Control Technology reduces vibration and road noise thanks to computer-modeled design and precision manufacturing.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Internally, the <a href="">Michelin LTX A/T2 </a>includes two or three steel belts, depending on the tire&rsquo;s load rating. The LTX AT/2 is backed by a 60,000/6 year treadlife warranty&hellip;and it comes with Michelin&rsquo;s reputation for quality, of course. If you&rsquo;re in the market for a robust all-season, all-terrain light truck tire, why not consider the Michelin LTX AT/2? We&rsquo;ve got them in stock here at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, at both our Lafayette, LA and Baton Rouge, LA stores. <a href="">Make an appointment with us today</a>!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/october-tire-spotlight-michelin-ltx-a-t2/feed0September Tire Spotlight: Michelin Primacy MXM4, 21 Sep 2015 12:51:57 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Michelin Primacy MXM4 Tires in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 313px; height: 346px; float: left; margin: 5px;" />Innovation and &ldquo;green&rdquo; design come together in Michelin&rsquo;s Primacy MXM4, a grand touring tire for luxury sedan and coupe drivers who want low noise and ride comfort along with great all-weather handling.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Designed for better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, the Primacy MXM4 uses Michelin&rsquo;s Helio Compound technology, with a sunflower-oil-enriched tread formulation for low rolling resistance. It&rsquo;s molded into an asymmetric tread design with a European-style tread profile and rounder shoulders for predictable cornering ability. The circumferential grooves channel water away from the tire&rsquo;s contact patch for enhanced wet-weather grip, with Michelin&rsquo;s exclusive 3-D Variable Thickness Sipe Technology for added biting edges in wet or wintry weather.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The internal structure of the Primacy MXM4 is designed for low road noise and a smooth ride, just like you&rsquo;d expect with a premium all-season touring tire. It features twin steel belts and Michelin&rsquo;s innovative BAZ (Banded at Zero) spiral-wrapped polyamide cord, to stabilize the tread area for long service life and great handling. The great ride quality comes from a polyester cord body. The Primacy MXM4 is backed by a 55,000 mile/6 year warranty for H and V speed rated models, and a 45,000 mile/6 year warranty for W, &amp; and Z ratings.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re looking for lower rolling resistance and enhanced fuel economy in a grand touring tire, look no farther than the <a href="">Michelin Primacy MXM4</a>. It offers great road manners and all-weather traction, with the quality and workmanship you&rsquo;ve come to expect at Michelin&hellip;make an appointment with Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA and Lafayette, LA and let us see what we can do to get you into a set of <a href="">Michelin Tires</a>&nbsp;or other quality <a href="">tires</a>!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/september-tire-spotlight-michelin-primacy-mxm4/feed0Summer Weather – The Enemy of Your Tires?, 18 Aug 2015 13:13:29 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Tires in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 150px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Let&rsquo;s talk for a moment about tire pressure.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Every tire flexes a little at the bottom, as the weight of the vehicle bears down on it. The section that is subject to that weight and flexing changes constantly as the tire rotates, and the average tire rotates 750 times over the course of a mile. At 60 mph, that means the tire rotates 750 times per minute. All that flexing and deformation means heat buildup, and increases tire pressure by roughly four pounds per square inch (PSI). After an hour or so on the road, a tire is about 50 degrees hotter than ambient air&hellip;but that temperature differential is even greater in hot weather, especially since pavement is hotter than ambient air. Heavier loads and higher speeds will add to that heat buildup.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Now, consider that a tire that&rsquo;s low on air will build up even more heat, due to more flexing and deformation&hellip;which translates to more rolling resistance and friction to get the vehicle down the road. That&rsquo;s not even thinking about the extra gas that&rsquo;s used to keep those tires rolling. Think about what it&rsquo;s like to ride a bicycle with underinflated tires; a bit like trying to ride through wet sand. Eventually, that flexing, deformation and heat will destroy a tire altogether as its internal structure and steel/nylon belts break down and it starts to throw off chunks of tread, like the strips of 18-wheeler tires that litter the shoulders of interstates.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Cars built since 2008 all feature a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which alerts you when a tire is low; by that time, though, at least one tire is low enough to compromise handling, safety and fuel economy. So, what are your options to ensure tire safety in the summer months? &nbsp;Schedule regular appointments for <a href="">wheel alignments</a> and <a href="">tire rotations</a> to keep tires in top shape!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Check your tire pressure often, especially before a long trip. Once a week is a good rule of thumb.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Get a good-quality tire gauge. Pencil-style gauges aren&rsquo;t very accurate, nor are the built-in ones on gas stations&rsquo; air hoses. A dial-type gauge or digital gauge are both better choices.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Remember that air pressure increases with heat from highway driving; be sure to check air pressure when the tires are still cold. On most vehicles, you can find the correct air pressure specs on a placard or sticker attached to the frame of the driver&rsquo;s door.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Bear in mind that the weight of several passengers, luggage and a full tank of gas puts more stress on tires, as does towing a trailer.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tires that are already worn are much more susceptible to damage and eventual failure from heat buildup in summer heat. Check your tires regularly for signs of uneven or excessive tread wear, and have them rotated at every oil change.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> We hope that cleared things up for you before you start on your next summer road trip. If you&#39;ve got any questions or think it might be time to replace your <a href="">tires</a>, make an <a href="">appointment</a> with us at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA and we&rsquo;ll be happy to help you out!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/summer-weather-the-enemy-of-your-tires/feed0Why Is Quality Motor Oil So Important?, 08 Aug 2015 13:29:15 -0500TCS<p> <img alt="Oil Changes in Lafayette, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 180px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Consider for a moment what&rsquo;s required of your motor oil. It has to provide a film of lubrication between metal parts, so that they can freely move against each other without friction, overheating or damage. It has to trap the carbon byproducts of combustion and suspend them so they can be trapped by the paper element in your oil filter. It has to neutralize the acids that are produced during the combustion process. It also has to reduce heat in parts of the engine that aren&rsquo;t surrounded by a water jacket for cooling. It can&rsquo;t get too thick in the winter, which would make it hard to circulate on a cold day, but it can&rsquo;t thin out too much in the summer either. That&rsquo;s a lot to ask of one substance!</p> <p> Older motor oils didn&rsquo;t include additives like detergents and other modifiers that could help it do its job better. Those older motor oils needed to be changed much more frequently; along with the fact that most engines didn&rsquo;t feature oil filters or even an oil pump (before the mid-1950&#39;s, at least), an engine would have to be &ldquo;de-coked&rdquo; periodically by running a thin mixture of kerosene and oil in the crankcase. This would hopefully dislodge any buildups of carbon and gunk from bearings and other critical moving parts, but nonetheless, wear was so accelerated that most engines needed a rebuild by 80,000 miles.</p> <p> In WWII, piston-engine technology was pushed to its limits with the high-performance engines in fighter planes. The jet aircraft that came along right after the war presented an even greater challenge when it came to lubrication. Engine designers soon found that conventional mineral-based oils weren&rsquo;t up to the task, and they started to develop the first synthetic motor oils. Today, synthetic oil has evolved to a point where it&rsquo;s superior to conventional motor oil in just about every respect. It flows better at low temperatures, it doesn&rsquo;t thin out at higher temperatures, it&rsquo;s stable enough to not break down at the molecular level as quickly, and it traps small particles of carbon and other impurities much better.</p> <p> Synthetic motor oil is about twice as expensive per quart as conventional mineral-based oil, but the tradeoff comes in the fact that it can easily go 10,000 miles between changes, rather than the 3,000-5,000 miles of conventional oil.</p> <p> As engine technology has advanced, the technology that goes into motor oil has had to keep pace. While synthetic oil may be expensive, studies prove conclusively that it pays off with reduced engine wear and longer service life. Synthetics can be a great choice for older vehicles with high miles, or new cars &ndash; the choice is up to you, but the facts are clear. Schedule an <a href="">appointment</a> with Chabill&#39;s Tire &amp; Auto Service for outstanding <a href="">oil changes</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">auto repair</a> in&nbsp;Lafayette, LA. Maintain <a href="">regular repairs</a> for top vehicle performance!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/why-is-quality-motor-oil-so-important/feed0Why Everyone Needs to Find a Mechanic They Trust, 22 Jul 2015 11:47:00 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Auto Repair in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Over the years, thanks to shady operators, auto repair shops have gotten a reputation for being a racket. Especially for people who aren&rsquo;t especially knowledgeable when it comes to cars, finding an auto repair shop you can truly trust can be frustrating and intimidating.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service, we feel it&rsquo;s important to establish a good relationship between auto shop and customer for several different reasons. We become familiar not only with our customers, but with their vehicles &ndash; we remember vehicles that have come through our shop from one time to the next, and we get to a point where we can anticipate maintenance or repair issues that might be coming and let owners know. We get familiar with minor quirks or glitches a car might have, and learn the difference between those glitches and major problems. Most importantly, though, we enjoy building a relationship with customers as people, and we put a high premium on the trust that goes along with that relationship.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re looking for a reputable auto repair shop, here are some guidelines for you to think about:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> Look for certifications from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or AAA &ndash; at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, we employ ASE-certified technicians.</li> <li> Find out what kind of replacement parts are being used. Parts should be original equipment (OEM) quality</li> <li> Ask about the shop&rsquo;s equipment. A good shop should have the latest in specialized tools and diagnostic equipment; don&rsquo;t trust an auto repair shop that says they &ldquo;don&rsquo;t need&rdquo; diagnostic gear to track down problems.</li> <li> Ask for detailed, itemized breakdowns of all repair work or recommendations, and never pay for any work you didn&rsquo;t personally authorize.</li> <li> Be skeptical of scare tactics, i.e. &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t drive this car around the block.&rdquo;</li> <li> Make sure the shop has enough respect for your vehicle to always use disposable seat covers, steering wheel covers and floor mats.</li> <li> Follow your gut &ndash; if you see a shop with a half-dozen cars that look like they&rsquo;ve been sitting half-fixed for a while, or with dirty, poorly-lit, trash-strewn service bays, surly staff or indifferent service advisors, go elsewhere.</li> <li> Get word-of-mouth recommendations. Talk to friends and family and get recommendations from them on reputable repair shops, and take advantage of digital word-of-mouth systems like Yelp and Angie&rsquo;s List.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div> And after all that&hellip;we hope that you&rsquo;ll come to Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA for your <a href="">auto repair</a> and tires needs. Schedule an <a href="">appointment</a> today! Remember <a href="">oil changes</a> and other <a href="">routine services</a> will protect the life and performance of your vehicle!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/why-it-s-important-to-find-a-mechanic-you-can-trust/feed05 Reasons to Never Change Your Own Oil, 02 Jul 2015 13:45:00 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Oil Changes in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 194px; float: right; margin: 5px;" />So you&rsquo;ve been changing your oil all this time&hellip;how hard can it be, right? Well, here are some things to consider before you do your next oil change:&nbsp;</div> <ol style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li> <strong>There&rsquo;s always the possibility that something could go wrong. </strong>You could get in a hurry or get distracted and possibly not replace the drain plug tightly enough. You could not screw the spin-on filter tightly enough, causing it to loosen up and drain out your oil within a few miles, seizing the engine. You could cross-thread the filter or (worse) the drain plug, causing yourself a real headache. Or you could put the filter on too tightly, deforming the gasket and causing a leak. You could not notice that a chunk of the old filter&#39;s gasket is stuck to the block, making it impossible for the new filter to seal properly. Or you could&hellip;well, you get the idea. There will always be things that can go wrong.&nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>Waste oil is nasty stuff.</strong> You inevitably end up with a receptacle full of waste oil, then another, then another and before long you have gallons and gallons of the disgusting, environmentally-dangerous stuff that needs to be disposed of. Going to a shop like Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service means that we deal with the used motor oil so you don&rsquo;t ever have to.&nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>You could miss something.</strong> A trained automotive tech can detect problems under your car that you might overlook&hellip;problems like rust, a loose exhaust hanger, a transmission or crankcase leak, slop in the driveline, suspension issues, brake problems or any number of things that you could conceivably miss, regardless of how sharp-eyed you are.&nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>If something goes wrong, you only have yourself to blame. </strong>That, of course, also means that you&rsquo;re on the hook for getting it fixed. In the unlikely event that a shop messes up your oil change, they&rsquo;re insured against the cost of repairing the damage.&nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>You miss out on establishing a good relationship with your shop</strong>. For us at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, this is one of the most important factors. We view all our customers as family and welcome those relationships&hellip;and the more familiar our techs are with your car, from one visit to the next, the more they can help you out by keeping you informed of what&rsquo;s going on with it and what issues might be coming up before long.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div> We know that you might like getting out the socket set, the drain pan and the shop towels for a quick driveway oil change, but you might want to consider all these factors next time. Besides, with the low price of an <a href="">oil change</a> at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, sooner or later you&rsquo;re going to ask yourself, &ldquo;What&rsquo;s my time really worth, anyway?&rdquo;. <a href="">Fluid checks</a>, oil changes and all general <a href="">auto repairs</a> are important to the life and performance of your vehicle!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/5-reasons-to-never-change-your-own-oil/feed0Help: My Car Won’t Start!, 18 Jun 2015 09:53:49 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Battery Repair in Lafayette, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Few things are more frustrating than turning your ignition key and hearing the anemic &ldquo;click&hellip;click&hellip;click&rdquo; that means you&rsquo;re not going anywhere&hellip;or worse yet, hearing nothing at all. There are a few reasons that might be happening (and chances are it won&rsquo;t involve major auto repair). Like with any good diagnostic process, we&rsquo;ll start with the simplest causes and work our way from there:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Key Won&rsquo;t Turn At All</strong> &ndash; This one&rsquo;s pretty simple. Since the 70s, cars have featured an ignition lock that makes it impossible to steer the vehicle if a thief hot-wires it. Try turning the wheel a couple of degrees in either direction &ndash; this is usually enough to get the ignition key and cylinder lined up properly so it can engage.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Battery Corrosion</strong> &ndash; We see this fairly often at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA. Over time, a battery will build up corrosion at the terminals; this could be white and fluffy deposits, or a hard, greenish, glassy coating on the terminals and battery clamps. Once a lot of corrosion accumulates, it can be enough to keep current from flowing to or from the battery. Try cleaning the battery posts with a wire brush, then coating them with anti-corrosion gel or even Vaseline.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Battery Cable Problems</strong> &ndash; On older vehicles, the battery cable can just become worn, or the clamps loosen up to the point where they don&rsquo;t make a positive connection anymore.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Bad Battery</strong> &ndash; Sometimes the battery just hits the end of its service life, and nothing can really save it. Other times, it may not be getting a good charge from the alternator, due to a loose drive belt or the alternator itself being faulty. In these cases, a jump-start will usually get you going again, but your car may not start next time, meaning&hellip;it&rsquo;s time for a new battery.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Bad Ignition Switch</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s not common, but it happens. If the red warning lights on the dashboard don&rsquo;t light up when you turn the key to the &ldquo;on&rdquo; position, you may well have a faulty ignition switch. If everything else in the car&rsquo;s <a href="">electrical system </a>seems to be working (lights, radio, etc) but the car still won&rsquo;t turn over, this could be another clue that it&rsquo;s the switch itself. Please note: your keychain shouldn&rsquo;t have anything heavier than a couple of keys and the key fob on it. Your ignition switch gets used several thousand times over the life of the vehicle, and having a heavy keychain hanging from it, loaded with needless stuff, will put pressure on the ignition switch&rsquo;s contacts and wear them out prematurely.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If your car turns over but still won&rsquo;t start, something has gone wrong in the combination of air, fuel and spark that every engine needs to achieve combustion. That, unfortunately, may mean auto repair and is a subject for another blog on another day.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Having problems with a car that won&rsquo;t start every time like you expect it to? Give us a call at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service or schedule an <a href="">appointment</a> and we&rsquo;ll get you on your way again with outstanding <a href="">auto repair</a> and <a href="">battery repair or replacement</a>&nbsp;for all drivers in Lafayette, LA.</div> /blog/view/help-my-car-won-t-start/feed0What’s That Noise My Tire’s Making?!, 01 Jun 2015 14:21:16 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Tires in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />On a long interstate drive, you might hear the drone of your tires on the pavement for hours on end. You can turn up the stereo to drown it out and keep yourself from being lulled to sleep, but it&rsquo;s still there regardless. Everyone knows that a set of mud tires or all-terrain tires will be louder than passenger car tires due to their tread pattern, but why are one set of tires louder than another, when they&rsquo;re otherwise the same design?&nbsp;</div> <div> That&rsquo;s rather a complicated question, but we&rsquo;ll do our best.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Part of the noise you hear is actually the sound of air as it&rsquo;s being compressed inside the grooves of the tread. Tires like the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus feature a computer-designed tread that keeps that compression of air to a minimum, then scrambles the sound waves from the compression when it does happen.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Another big factor is that the air chamber inside the tire tends to resonate and amplify tire noise. This factor is even more pronounced while driving over pavement irregularities like tar strips or expansion joints on a bridge. Some manufacturers now include a spongy layer of polyurethane in the tire&rsquo;s internal construction, in hopes of absorbing some of that noise.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> Other factors might include:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tread formulation and rubber compound &ndash; some are designed to keep road noise low, and some aren&rsquo;t.</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Acoustics of your vehicle itself -- some cars come from the factory with better sound deadening than others. Think about the interior noise of a Lincoln Town Car versus an entry-level subcompact.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Road surfaces &ndash; some pavement designs are just going to be louder than others.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Potential issues with balance or wheel alignment on your vehicle.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>As a general rule, from quietest to loudest tires: grand touring, touring, all-season, performance, summer, winter, light truck, all-terrain. That&rsquo;s all inherent in the design of the tires themselves.</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>The more your tread wears down, the more noisy your tires are likely to become. The rubber itself is a sound deadening layer, and the thinner that layer is, the more sound will get through to the passenger compartment.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> If tire noise is a real annoyance to you, our best suggestion is this: the next time you&rsquo;re shopping for tires in Baton Rouge, LA, do your homework and find <a href="">quality tires</a> that have the best noise ratings according to tests. Our consultants at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service will be happy to work with you and help you find the quietest tires that are still a good fit for your budget and preferences! Keep tires in outstanding condition with <a href="">wheel aligments</a>, tire repair and <a href="">tire rotations</a> when needed!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/what-s-that-noise-my-tire-s-making/feed0Get the Most Out Of Your Tires, 23 May 2015 10:30:00 -0500TCS<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-9c816f57-b88c-1c16-2441-78662aa9cd82"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img alt="Tires in Lafayette, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /><span style="font-size:12px;">At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, we sell a lot of tires and see a lot of customers. Your tires are a big investment, and are critical to your car&rsquo;s safety and performance. Unfortunately for a lot of people, tires don&rsquo;t even get a lot of thought until something goes wrong and they&rsquo;re stuck by the side of the road with a flat (or worse). </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c816f57-b88c-1c16-2441-78662aa9cd82"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Here are some ideas on how to get the most out of your tire investment, courtesy of &nbsp;Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA:</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c816f57-b88c-1c16-2441-78662aa9cd82"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Air pressure</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> -- You&rsquo;d be amazed at how many cars we see at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA that have low tire pressure. It&rsquo;s estimated that up to 60 percent of cars on the road are driving around on underinflated tires. A tire that&rsquo;s low on air has heightened rolling resistance (think about riding a bicycle with a low tire), meaning as much as a 10-20 percent reduction in fuel economy. Moreover, a low tire will handle poorly and overheat, leading to uneven tread wear and possible failure. An overinflated tire, on the other hand, will ride hard and wear unevenly in the center of the tread. It can be hard to spot a low tire, as the sidewalls of today&rsquo;s tires won&rsquo;t visibly distort until they&rsquo;re drastically low on air. Get a good air gauge and check your tires&rsquo; inflation regularly -- &nbsp;since rubber compounds are porous, tires can lose as much as two pounds of pressure per month. </span></span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c816f57-b88c-1c16-2441-78662aa9cd82"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Rotations </span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">-- This is another big one. Regularly switching the positions of tires on the vehicle ensures even wear on all four tires and enhances ride quality, handling and drivability. Early in the tires&rsquo; service life, <a href="">tire rotations </a>should be performed every 3,000-5,000 miles; in other words, schedule a rotation with each oil change. Later on, it&rsquo;s acceptable to perform a rotation every 8,000-10,000 miles. Tire rotations are not only crucial to the tires&rsquo; service life, but can affect wet-weather performance and resistance to hydroplaning. Tire rotation is a part of our comprehensive tire maintenance package at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA.</span></span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c816f57-b88c-1c16-2441-78662aa9cd82"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Front end alignment and suspension </span><span style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">-- A vehicle that&rsquo;s in need of front-end alignment will show uneven tire wear at the tires&rsquo; edges. Worn struts or other suspension problems can result in a &ldquo;feathered&rdquo; or serrated wear pattern, or can show &ldquo;cupped&rdquo; abnormal wear on the tread. Keep an eye out for these problems on your tires, as they indicate other issues. At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, we have qualified <a href="">wheel alignment</a> techs who can check your car&rsquo;s wheel alignment and get you on your way again.</span></span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c816f57-b88c-1c16-2441-78662aa9cd82"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Regular inspection -- </span><span style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When you get a chance, just give your tires a going-over. Keep an eye out for cuts, tears, debris, uneven wear patterns, bulges or other sidewall issues and anything that looks out of the ordinary. Run your hand over the tread and feel for irregularities. Any of those problems could mean a flat tire!</span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you&rsquo;re thinking it might be time for a rotation or any other tire maintenance or <a href="">tire installation</a>, give us a call for an <a href="">appointment</a> at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Lafayette, LA. We&rsquo;ll be happy to work you in, get you finished and get you on your way again!</span></span></span></p> /blog/view/get-the-most-out-of-your-tires/feed0Protect Your Vehicle with Regular Oil Changes, 02 May 2015 08:11:00 -0500TCS<p> <img alt="Oil Change Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we&rsquo;ve had a lot of experience with regular maintenance like oil changes. We sometimes hear customers asking why regular oil changes are so important, so we&rsquo;d like to explain that briefly and clear up any questions.</p> <p> Your car represents a big investment on your part, and one of the easiest and most certain ways to get the most out of your investment is with regular oil changes. The internal moving parts of your car&rsquo;s engine run on extremely close tolerances, and motor oil lubricates those parts and reduces friction. That thin coating of oil around moving parts will break down over time, however -- heat, contamination from combustion by-products and microscopic metal shavings will make motor oil lose its effectiveness. The paper element in the oil filter is designed to trap contaminants as they circulate, but motor oil still needs to be changed at regular intervals with other<a href=""> routine repairs.</a></p> <p> At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, petroleum-based motor oils were the standard for years. Even with improvements in formulations and additives, petroleum-based oils still need to be changed every 5,000 miles or so (check your owner&rsquo;s manual for manufacturer&rsquo;s recommended intervals). Many people now use synthetic motor oil in their vehicles, and many manufacturers now recommend synthetics, which can go as long as 15,000 miles between changes. If the environment is a concern for you, &ldquo;re-refined&rdquo; motor oils are available now and offer quality and performance that rivals virgin oil. If you&rsquo;re not real good at keeping track of that kind of thing, some newer vehicles now feature technology that notifies drivers when it&rsquo;s time for an oil change.</p> <p> With improvements in machining, build quality and design, it&rsquo;s now not unusual at all to get over 200,000 miles out of a late model car. Your best chance at getting that sort of longevity is with regular <a href="">oil changes</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">auto repairs</a>.&nbsp;Call today for an <a href="">appointment </a>with Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA and surrounding areas.</p> /blog/view/protect-your-vehicle-with-regular-oil-changes/feed0Why are Wheel Alignments Important?, 13 Apr 2015 14:15:25 -0500TCS<p> <img alt="Wheel Alignment in Baton Rouge LA " src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <div> At Chabill&rsquo;s Auto &amp; Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we know that the winter wasn&rsquo;t as tough here as it was in many other parts of the country, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean we don&rsquo;t have more than our share of potholes and rough spots. The roads can be downright cruel to even the most well-maintained vehicle, with the most careful driver behind the wheel. Your car leaves the factory with the front wheels set to exact alignment, but bumps, potholes and curbs will inevitably change that. Studies have shown that 50-70% of the vehicles on the road are in need of a front end alignment.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Chabill&rsquo;s Auto &amp; Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA suggests that alignments should be part of a regular maintenance routine for your car or truck; it&rsquo;s advisable to at least have alignment checked once a year. It&rsquo;s also a good idea to have alignment checked when replacing tires or suspension parts, and definitely after a hard hit on a curb or pothole. Older vehicles may need alignment more frequently due to wear of suspension and steering parts.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Wheel alignments are a precision job that require a specialized setup called an alignment rack.The alignment rack is used to examine the wheels&rsquo; position in regards to several crucial angles, and the technician makes fine, minute adjustments on certain linkages in the car&rsquo;s suspension to bring the wheels back into spec again. For some newer vehicles, Chabill&rsquo;s Auto &amp; Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA advises that all four wheels may need to be aligned.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A few signs of a car that needs wheel alignment might include:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> Steering that feels &ldquo;heavy&rdquo; or clumsy</li> <li> Steering wheel is off-center while driving straight</li> <li> Steering wheel pulls to the right or left</li> <li> Uneven wear patterns on front tires -- excessive wear along the inside or outside edge of a tire, as that tire tries to push or pull the car in a different direction from the rest</li> <li> Car pulls to one side or another while braking</li> <li> Excessive tire squeal while negotiating a turn on dry pavement, at low speed</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In addition, a car in need of wheel alignment will use more fuel as it requires more energy to get down the road with one wheel that&rsquo;s &ldquo;dragging&rdquo; and trying to push or pull the vehicle to one side or the other.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you suspect your vehicle is in need of wheel alignment, &nbsp;why spend more money on gas and tires that wear prematurely? Make an <a href="">appointment</a> with Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service for <a href="">wheel alignment</a> and <a href="">auto repair</a>&nbsp;or other <a href="">routine vehilce repairs</a>&nbsp;in Baton Rouge, LA and surrounding areas -- there&rsquo;s one near you.</div> /blog/view/why-are-wheel-alignments-important/feed0Brake Problems Demystified, 01 Apr 2015 10:03:00 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="brake repair in baton rouge la" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;" />At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we often get questions about how a car&rsquo;s brake system actually works. For drivers, it&rsquo;s important to know these details, so let&rsquo;s break it down briefly here:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Disc brakes operate when brake pads (lined with a friction material) grab a smooth steel rotor, similar to the way that bicycle handbrakes grip a rim to provide braking. Over time, the friction material wears down, reducing braking effectiveness. If neglected for too long, the friction material wears down completely, exposing the steel backing, which can cut grooves into the rotors&rsquo; surface. Older cars used drum brakes for the rear wheels; in this design, brake shoes expand internally and rub against the lining of a metal drum. Again, worn shoes will cut grooves into the drum&rsquo;s surface, causing damage and eventually ruining them.&nbsp;</div> <h2> <span style="font-size:12px;">A typical brake job at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &nbsp;&amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA includes:</span></h2> <ul> <li> Replacement of brake pads and/or shoes</li> <li> Inspection of rotors and/or drums; if damaged the drums or rotors will be machined and resurfaced to meet factory spec again (if possible)</li> <li> Inspection of the car&rsquo;s antilock braking system (ABS), a network of valves, sensors and other electronic parts that aid in your car&rsquo;s braking control</li> <li> Inspection of master cylinder, hydraulic lines, individual wheel cylinders and calipers and power brake booster.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2> <span style="font-size:12px;">Is your car showing any of these problems?&nbsp;</span></h2> <ul> <li> High-pitched squeal, grating, grinding or rubbing sounds while applying brakes</li> <li> Shimmy in steering wheel while braking</li> <li> Vibration or pulsing sensation through brake pedal while applying brakes</li> <li> Pronounced pull to one side while braking</li> </ul> <div> Brake problems are always best addressed early...not just due to cost, but for your safety! And when &nbsp;it&rsquo;s time for brake service, there&rsquo;s no substitute for experience and top-quality parts and materials. If you suspect brake problems or other <a href="">auto repair</a> problems, call for <a href="">an appointment with Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service</a> in Baton Rouge, LA. Our &nbsp;seasoned, qualified techs will <a href="">inspect your brake system</a> and let you know the best course of action.</div> /blog/view/brake-problems-demystified/feed0Be Alert to Signs of Worn Tires, 29 Mar 2015 09:40:00 -0500TCS<p> <img alt="Tires in Baton Rouge, LA" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />At Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we sell a lot of tires...and we know that when you start off with a brand-new set of tires, it&rsquo;s easy to forget about them for months at a time. Tires wear very gradually, and it can be hard to know when it&rsquo;s time to &nbsp;consider &nbsp;a new set of tires for your vehicle. Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA values you, the customer, and is always happy to share tips and information, so here are some specific things to look for, though:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Wear Bars</strong>-- All new tires are designed with &ldquo;wear bars&rdquo; at the base of the tread; the wear bars are perpendicular to the tread grooves. Wear bars are designed to show when the tread wears down past a certain depth. If you can see these wear bars easily, it&rsquo;s definitely time to get new tires.</li> <li> <strong>Check Tread Depth </strong>-- In most states, the law dictates a minimum tread depth of 2/32&rdquo;. Here&rsquo;s a surefire way to measure that 2/32&rdquo;. For years, drivers have used the &ldquo;penny test,&rdquo; taking a penny and inserting it into the tread grooves with Lincoln&rsquo;s head pointing down. If the rubber touches the top of Abe&rsquo;s head, your tires are at 2/32&rdquo; tread depth. Here&rsquo;s the catch, though -- tires at 2/32&rdquo; are already quite worn, enough to compromise safety, so here are a couple of other easy measurements we learned at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton rouge, LA. Insert a quarter into the tread, Washington head down. Does the rubber touch his head? That&rsquo;s 4/32&rdquo;. Try with the penny again -- if the tread touches the Lincoln Memorial, your tread depth is at 6/32&rdquo;. The best part about these checks is that the gauges you need are right in your car&rsquo;s change tray!</li> <li> <strong>Look for Uneven Wear </strong>-- Take a look at your tires -- do you see more wear along an inside or outside edge? Run your hand along the tread -- does it feel uneven, rough or worn in a serrated pattern? These aren&rsquo;t just indications of worn tires, they&rsquo;re signs of problems with your car&rsquo;s <a href=" ">wheel alignment</a> or suspension.</li> <li> <strong>Handling and Ride Quality</strong>-- Worn tires will gradually become noisier, offer a harsher ride and poorer handling and steering response. In extreme cases, your worn tires will mean poor traction, especially on wet surfaces...and this is downright dangerous. If you&rsquo;re noticing these changes, check your tires&rsquo; tread depth because there&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;re going to need new tires soon.</li> </ul> <p> Everything is riding on your <a href="">tires</a>. If you suspect it&rsquo;s time for new tires for your vehicle, contact us for an <a href="">appointment</a> at Chabill&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA. Improve <a href="">steering and suspension</a> for more better driving and travel.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/be-alert-to-signs-of-worn-tires/feed0