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December Tires Spotlight: BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

December 1st, 2015
BFGoodrich Tires in Lafayette, LAGrand touring tire comfort and all-weather traction…drivers of light trucks, crossovers and SUVs can get the best of both worlds with the BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A Tour. It’s a quiet, smooth-riding tire that can eat up mile after highway mile in even the worst conditions. 
 
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. 
 
Internally, the Long Trail T/A Tour uses two steel belts and ...[more]
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We're Answering Your Brake Repair Questions

November 16th, 2015
Brake Repair in Baton Rouge, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we do a lot of brake service on customers’ vehicles. Not surprisingly, we also get a lot of questions about brake repair, so we’d like to clear a few of them up here. 
 
My brakes are making a pretty loud squeal when I step on them. Do I need brake service? 
 
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. 
 
What kind of noises do worn brakes make, then? 
 
Most brake pads are designed with a we ...[more]
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November Tire Spotlight: BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

November 2nd, 2015
BFGoodrich Tires in Baton Rouge, LADrivers 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 BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO. 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, “Shoulder Lock” traction bars let the tire dig in and claw at deep dirt and sand surfaces for aired-down off-road performance.
 
Internally, the All-Terrain T/A KO is designed with twin steel belts a ...[more]
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Everything You Want To Know About Wheel Alignments

November 2nd, 2015
Wheel Alignment in Lafayette, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & 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’d like to hopefully clear a few of them up. 
 

What exactly is wheel alignment? 

 
When your car leaves the factory, the wheels are set at very specific angles in relation to each other and to the car’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.
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October Tire Spotlight: Michelin LTX A/T2

October 5th, 2015
Michelin LTX Tires in Baton Rouge, LALooking for a top-performing all-terrain light truck tire that still offers low noise and good road manners? You can’t go wrong with Michelin’s LTX A/T2, designed to meet the tires needs of recreational and commercial pickup, van and SUV drivers. 
 
The LTX A/T2 is designed with an advanced tread compound that’s optimized for light truck needs…tough enough for long wear, but soft enough for outstanding traction. It’s molded into an independent tread block design with Michelin Tires 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’s Advanced MaxTouch Construction, w ...[more]
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September Tire Spotlight: Michelin Primacy MXM4

September 21st, 2015
Michelin Primacy MXM4 Tires in Baton Rouge, LAInnovation and “green” design come together in Michelin’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. 
 
Designed for better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, the Primacy MXM4 uses Michelin’s Helio Compound technology, with a sunflower-oil-enriched tread formulation for low rolling resistance. It’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’s contact patch for enhanced wet-weather grip, with Michelin’s exclusive 3-D Variable Thickness Sipe Technology for added biting edges in ...[more]
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Summer Weather – The Enemy of Your Tires?

August 18th, 2015
Tires in Baton Rouge, LALet’s talk for a moment about tire pressure. 
 
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…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. 
 
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Why Is Quality Motor Oil So Important?

August 8th, 2015

Oil Changes in Lafayette, LAConsider for a moment what’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’t surrounded by a water jacket for cooling. It can’t get too thick in the winter, which would make it hard to circulate on a cold day, but it can’t thin out too much in the summer either. That’s a lot to ask of one substance!

Older motor oils didn’t include additives like detergents and other modifiers that ...[more]

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Why Everyone Needs to Find a Mechanic They Trust

July 22nd, 2015
Auto Repair in Baton Rouge, LAOver the years, thanks to shady operators, auto repair shops have gotten a reputation for being a racket. Especially for people who aren’t especially knowledgeable when it comes to cars, finding an auto repair shop you can truly trust can be frustrating and intimidating. 
 
At Chabill’s Tire and Auto Service, we feel it’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 – 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, ...[more]
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5 Reasons to Never Change Your Own Oil

July 2nd, 2015
Oil Changes in Baton Rouge, LASo you’ve been changing your oil all this time…how hard can it be, right? Well, here are some things to consider before you do your next oil change: 
  1. There’s always the possibility that something could go wrong. 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's gasket is stuck to the block, making it impossi ...[more]
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