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Car batteries can be dangerous, especially if they’ve been damaged. That’s why it’s so important to follow the proper steps - in the proper order - when jump starting a car.

The video above provides an easy-to-follow lesson on how to jump a dead battery.

The Potential Problems

How to Jump a BatteryThe sulfuric acid in your car battery can become vaporous and leak into the air around you. If the jumper cables you’re using cause a spark (which can happen when applying them to your battery terminals), the vapors may ignite or even explode.

Incorrectly jumping a car can also damage both the live and the dead battery, as well as the electronics in one or both vehicles.

To avoid bodily injury and costly harm to the vehicle, take the time to learn the correct process, or for help, visit or call your Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location.

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Teaching Kids About Car Care

I saw a wise comment on social media the other day.

The author wrote that spending less time in school because of the pandemic shouldn't prevent kids from learning. As a parent, he argued, you could be teaching your kids how to cook or bake, how to make basic home repairs, how to plant a garden, care for a young child or create a household budget. In other words, life skills.

You could also add learning basic vehicle maintenance to that list.

For instance, does your high school student know how to change a flat tire? Can she find the jack in the trunk of the family car and use it safely? Does she know how to swap out the flat tire with the spare? Have you taught her to pull far enough off the road, turn on her hazards, park on level ground, apply the emergency brake and chock the opposing tire before getting to work?

Check out the quick video in a Mountain View blog post. It's an easy-to-follow lesson on how to change a tire. Watch it with all the drivers in your family who have no tire-changing experience, and then hit the driveway for a practice session.

While you're at it, click on the links below to teach your young drivers about these important topics:

Over the years, we've also published several articles about buying vehicles. Click on the links below to learn more.


Check Tire Tread Depth

True, 3.68 inches of rain is not a lot, but it is the most Southern California averages for any one month of the year. And that month is February.

January is the next wettest month at 3.33 inches of rain. March is third with 3.14 inches. So, since the first quarter of the year is our rainy season, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready now for the relatively wet roads.

Start by pulling into any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location as soon as possible and letting us measure the depth of your tire tread. We can also check to make sure your tires are properly inflated and if there are any signs of uneven wear or failure.

(Here’s your coupon for a free tire rotation and tire pressure check.)

While you’re here, we can inspect your wiper blades and headlights to make sure they can provide you with a clear view of the road during rainy days.

Schedule an appointment online, call your location or stop in soon.

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Key Fobs Can Lead to Car Theft

Car thefts in Los Angeles and across the country are on the rise, and vehicle owners may be making it easier for their cars to be stolen.

A New York Times article points to key fobs as the root of the problem.

Drivers are leaving their fobs in their cars while they run into a store or even park in their driveways overnight. Once a car thief sees the fob, he knows he can use the keyless ignition to start and steal the car.

“From a high of 1.7 million a year in 1991, thefts had dropped more than 50% in recent years, according to data compiled by the FBI. Technology, it seemed, had largely solved the problem of stolen vehicles. Until people started leaving their fobs sitting in their cup holders,” wrote Sarah Maslin Nir in the Times piece.

“In Los Angeles, car theft reached record levels during the spring lockdown: 5,744 vehicles were stolen from April to June, an increase of nearly 60% over the year before,” according to the article.

Key FobTips to Prevent Car Theft

1) Don’t leave your fob - or your keys - in the car. And never leave your ignition on while the car is unattended. Even if you’ll only be away from the vehicle for a minute, don’t tempt fate. It doesn’t take long to swipe a car when it’s so easy to steal.

2) Hide your valuables. Don’t give anyone additional incentive to take your car. Carry your phone and other devices with you each time you leave the vehicle or lock them in the trunk.

3) Separate the paperwork from the car. Never store the vehicle’s title or registration in the glove compartment. If a thief is pulled over by the police while in your car, you don’t want to make it easy for him to produce documents that allow him to fake ownership.

4) Keep it light. If you don’t have a secure garage, park on a well-lit street or lot, or install motion-sensitive lighting to illuminate your driveway and vehicle.

5) Invest in tech. Consider having an anti-theft device installed on your car to discourage people from tampering with it. That type of feature may also save you money on your car insurance premiums.

Protect Your Car from Fires

This year’s west coast wildfires have caused as much as $8 billion in damage. And, of course, among all that property loss were many cars. (For perspective, about 4,000 cars were destroyed during the October 2017 fires in Northern California alone.)

Writer John Egan and Insurance Analyst Amy Danise compiled a list of tips for to help you protect your vehicle from the next fire.

Their suggestions begin with the obvious, such as keeping your car in the garage or covering it and closing the windows and sunroof when wildfires are nearby. Both options can prevent ash from damaging your vehicle’s paint and interior.

If you can’t provide sufficient protection, hand wash and dry your car each day that wildfires are in your area. If the ash isn’t removed quickly enough it can lead to corrosion of the paint. Using a soft rag or sponge, wash the surface gently with a pH-balanced soap that’s made specifically for car exteriors. Dry the car with a soft towel or chamois. When fires are no longer a factor, wax your car after washing it to provide an added layer of paint protection.

Wipe down the interior to remove any residue from the dash, and then vacuum the floor and upholstery to make sure you’re not grinding any ash into the seats or carpeting.

After the fire, pull into your Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location. We’ll check your air filter and cabin filter to make sure they’re not clogged with soot.

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Bad Driving Habits

It’s easy to get lost in our own worlds while we’re driving. When the windows are rolled up and we’re listening to music or engaged in conversation with a passenger, we can forget that what we do - or don’t do - affects other drivers.

We took an informal survey of about 50 people and asked for their number one pet peeve about other drivers. Do the results below match yours? And how can you do your part to make driving easier and less frustrating for your fellow drivers?

Not using turn signals - That’s the irritant mentioned most often by drivers in our survey. Steve wrote, “It’s called a turn signal for a reason. You are signaling that you’ll be changing lanes or slowing down to execute a turn. Signaling after you’ve already applied the brakes is like saying ‘in case you’re wondering, this is why I decided to slow down all of sudden.’”

Jerry added, “It’s very frustrating when I’m waiting to enter a busy street and a driver makes a turn right in front of me without using his turn signal. It ruins my only chance to pull out.”

Road SignLiving in the left lane - That pet peeve was second on the list. We’ve posted about the dangers of left-lane driving before. Read the article and watch the video here. Shaun wrote, “When people drive next to each other for several miles they prevent everyone else from being able to pass.”

Doug mentioned that “people who drive in the left lane five miles below the speed limit remind me of mindless zombies in suspended animation.”

Speed issues - Our survey respondents mentioned speeding drivers and those moving too slowly. Sam gets annoyed “when the left turn arrow is only on for five seconds and the person in front of me uses all five seconds to accelerate.”

Bill commented on the drivers who treat highways as “racetracks.” And Sue wrote about “following someone driving under the speed limit who speeds up when I try to pass.”

Other respondents mentioned these frustrations: 

• Drivers who are obviously distracted by texting.
• Drivers who pull out in front of traffic forcing others to brake.
• Drivers who don’t know how to navigate four-way stops or roundabouts.
• Drivers who wait until the last second to merge from a lane that’s ending.

In the new year ahead, we urge you to commit to driving with others in mind. When you do, you’ll help to reduce road rage and the potential for accidents.

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New Car Battery

You can avoid the surprise of a dead vehicle battery by staying alert for these signs.

1) Slow starts. As your battery reaches the end of its service life, your engine will take a little longer to turn over.

2) Dim lights. Your headlights may fade quickly when you power up your air conditioner or other accessories.

3) A bad smell. If you notice the scent of rotten eggs coming from the front of your vehicle your battery may have a leak.

(Save 15% on a new battery.)

4) Corrosion. That white, powdery build-up on the terminals can be an early sign of your battery's demise.

5) Damage. If your battery's case is cracked or bulging or the shape has changed in any way, it's time for a replacement.

6) Age. The average vehicle battery lasts three to five years. Outdoor temperatures play a big role in the service life, though. Since heat is a battery killer, you may find that you need to change your battery more frequently than those who live in cooler climates.

If you notice any of these symptoms, pull into any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location. We can test your battery to see how much life it has left. If the battery is fine, your vehicle may have an electrical problem or a bad alternator.


Rubber Tree

Nearly all rubber begins as latex, the sticky, milk-white mixture tapped from rubber trees. Since the process of making rubber leaves an environmental, economic and social footprint, sustainable practices in the rubber industry are more important than ever.

Tire manufacturers use about 70% of the rubber produced each year. That's why Goodyear issued its Natural Rubber Procurement Policy in 2018, committing to buy only natural rubber that's sourced responsibly.

As a member of TIP - the Tire Industry Project - Goodyear is also working to raise standards that "improve respect for human rights, prevent land grabbing and deforestation, protect biodiversity and water resources, improve yields, and increase supply chain transparency and traceability” throughout the rubber manufacturing process.

And Goodyear's Innovation teams are exploring the potential of alternative raw materials to replace or supplement natural rubber. Look at some of the possibilities:

1) Soybean oil tread compound - It's now used in four Goodyear tire lines in place of petroleum oil. In 2019, the company increased its use of soybean oil by 90%.

2) Rice husk ash silica - A by-product of rice processing, it's replacing sand-based silica in Goodyear's tire-making process because it reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill.

3) Dandelion rubber - Russian dandelions require just six months to mature, compared to a rubber tree's seven years. Goodyear is studying the plant's potential as a raw material that can replace traditional rubber.

4) Synthetic rubber - In conjunction with DuPont, Goodyear developed BioIsoprene. It's made from "a renewable carbohydrate source that could reduce [the company's] carbon footprint," according to Goodyear's corporate website

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Tips to Help Tires Last Longer

1) Keep it light - Did you know that overloading your vehicle can damage your tires? Whether it's in the trunk, on the roof or in the passenger compartment, excessive weight can lead to severe tire cracking, component separation and even a blowout. Your handling and fuel economy will suffer, too. So, check your owner's manual to see how much weight your vehicle can carry safely.

Tire Gauge2) Find the balance - Whenever you have a tire repaired or replaced, makes sure it's professionally balanced before it's installed on your vehicle or placed in your trunk as a spare. Unbalanced tires can wear unevenly, which will shorten their service life.

3) Stop the spinning - If your vehicle is ever stuck in the mud, sand or snow, don't spin any of your tires too much while trying to get free. According to Goodyear, "the centrifugal forces generated by a free-spinning tire or wheel assembly may cause sudden tire explosion, resulting in vehicle damage and/or serious personal injury." They suggest using "a gentle backward and forward rocking motion" as a safer alternative.

4) Take it easy - Aggressive driving can cause your tires to wear prematurely. Turning corners too quickly, jack-rabbit starts, hard braking and swerving back and forth will all take their toll on your tires - and your wallet.

5) Switch 'em up - Have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles or as often as your vehicle manufacturer recommends to ensure that they wear evenly and last longer.

6) Keep up the pressure - Maintaining proper inflation is the easiest step you can take toward keeping your tires on the job. Remember that tire pressure rises in warm weather and dips when it's colder. So, to stay safe, stop into any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service store once each month for a free pressure check.

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Teenage Driver Safety

It's often said that young people don't have a sense of their own mortality, so it's easy for younger drivers to become complacent or even over-confident when they're behind the wheel.

That's why National Teen Driver Safety Week is such an important reminder.

Celebrated during the third full week of October, the annual event draws attention to automobile accidents involving teenagers and reminds parents and their young drivers about the importance of road safety.

A few statistics:

  • In the U.S., car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers.
  • Drivers who are 16 years old are more likely to be involved in auto accidents than drivers of any other age.
  • The likelihood of a young driver's death due to a car accident increases with each additional passenger in the vehicle.
  • While most teenagers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, more than a third of them do it anyway. Typically, the 20% of teen drivers who die in auto accidents each year were distracted by their phones.

The good news is that parents can do a lot to influence young drivers and keep them safe.

If your kids drive, insist that all phones and any other devices must be stored in the glove compartment when the car is in motion.

Remind your child that seat belts must be worn whenever they're in a vehicle. (It's the law!)

Let them know that drinking and driving will cost them their driving privileges. And reinforce the importance of obeying speed limits and all the other rules of the road.

As a parent, you can improve your teens' chances of staying safe by enrolling them in defensive driver courses, installing apps that monitor their driving on their cell phones, and by keeping the lines of communication open - continuing to drive with them now and then, correcting bad habits and always reminding them about their responsibility to drive safely, not only for themselves but for their fellow drivers.

Clean Your Wiper Blades

Wipe down your wipers - Cleaning your windshield wipers now and then helps them last longer. Just dampen a towel with a glass cleaner. Then, drag the towel along the rubber edge of the wiper. You’ll protect the blades from the abrasive effect of any dirt and grime that builds up. You may even prevent micro-scratches on your windshield.

Don’t get heavy - Do you haul heavy items in your passenger vehicle? Whether you put them in your trunk or the back seat, too much weight for prolonged periods can take a toll on your brakes and suspension. That can lead to premature wear or even failure of those systems. Of course, carrying heavy cargo also makes your engine work harder, which lowers your fuel economy.

Start your engine - Still working from home? Even if you don’t drive to the office much these days, you should still fire up your car’s engine regularly. That’ll keep the oil and other fluids cycling and the engine parts lubricated. It can also preserve your battery. And driving around the block just a few times each week will prevent your tires from flattening on one side.

Buy late - In the market for a new vehicle? Try to put off your purchase until the last couple of months of the year. Since dealers are especially anxious to make room for the new model year cars, they’re often willing to make better deals to move older cars off the lot.

Check your coverage costs - Speaking of buying a new car, before you sign on the dotted line, call your insurance company to find out what you’ll pay for the coverage your new ride will need. If you’ve been driving a used or much older car for a few years, the insurance premiums for a new car may be shocking by comparison.

Tips on Saving Gas

1) Shut it down - Sitting in a slow-moving drive-thru lane waiting to grab lunch? Turn off your engine. In fact, almost any time you'll be idling for more than 15 seconds, turning off your engine is the Earth-friendly choice. Just make sure you won't need to react quickly to fast-moving traffic or other dangers.

2) Plan your day to prevent redundant travel - Over the course of an average weekend, how many times do you make separate trips from home to run errands? One trip in the morning for grocery shopping. Another trip at noon to go to the park. A third trip later in the day to the hardware store. All those trips include a lot of "common miles" - from driving through your neighborhood to navigating frequently traveled roads. With just a little planning, you might be able to combine several trips into one. That will cut your gas and maintenance costs while reducing your carbon footprint.

3) Ease off the pedal - Most vehicles reach their maximum fuel efficiency at about 50 miles per hour. Every five miles per hour faster lowers the return on each gallon of gas.

4) Lighten your load - Is your trunk full of things you really don't use that often? Then take 'em out! Every extra pound your vehicle carries lowers your gas mileage, which adds to your vehicle's environmental impact.

5) Let us check your tire pressure - Even if your TPMS light is not on, you should have your tire pressure checked once each month. Maintaining the proper pressure will go a long way toward maximizing your MPG. Just you pull into any Mountain View location and we'll take care of it for you free of charge.

6) Maximize your vehicle’s efficiency - There are many other ways we can help you drive cleaner, too. We can change your dirty air filter, align your wheels and replace those old spark plugs. And ask us how nitrogen tire inflation contributes to a greener vehicle. 

Make your online appointment here or pull up to the Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location near you.

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Five Tire Myths

Is your tire knowledge based on fact or fiction? If you believe these five myths about tire safety, you could find yourself in a dangerous situation.

Myth 1: You can check your tire pressure by kicking the tire. Kicking or merely looking at your tires will not give you an accurate idea of their inflation. A visual inspection can be off by as much as 20 percent. To be safe, use a quality tire gauge to measure the pressure when your tires are cold. Or pull into any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service store and we’ll check and top off your tires for you, free of charge.

Myth 2: Flat fixer fluid is okay to use. Repairing a flat tire with any product injected through the valve stem is like putting a little bandage on a deep cut. Tire repair in a can may provide immediate help, but it’s not a long-term solution. Also, using that type of product could void your tire’s warranty.

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Myth 3: Tires underinflated by more than 10% can be “fixed” by re-inflating them. Whether the problem is a rim leak or a puncture, it’s important to know why your tire pressure is so low. Simply re-inflating the tires doesn’t address the root of the problem. After filling them up, your tire pressure could be dangerously low again within a day or two.

Myth 4: Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) warnings aren't urgent. These systems signal a drop in pressure of more than 25 percent, which can dramatically affect vehicle handling and the service life of the tire. Low tire pressure can lead to loss of control, flats and blowouts.

Myth 5: If there is visible tire tread, the tire is safe. Tires with 2/32" of an inch of tread are considered legally worn out in most states. Tires deteriorate in other ways, too. Over time, the materials in tires lose their flexibility and are more prone to cracking. That’s why all tires should be inspected after five years of use and replaced regardless of tread depth after ten years.

Talk with an expert at your Mountain View Tire and Auto Service store about the best ways to maintain your tires.

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Steering and Suspension

Your vehicle's steering and suspension are responsible for providing optimal ride comfort and handling. When the components of those systems are worn or broken, other problems can develop, too, including excessive tire wear, as well as a decrease in vehicle stability and driver control.

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Most car manufacturers recommend a steering and suspension system check every 50,000 miles, but pull into the nearest Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location if you notice any of the following warning signs, regardless of your mileage:

• Excessive noise when driving over bumps
• A harsh, bumpy or shaky ride
• Extreme bouncing and wandering over the road
• A crooked steering wheel
• Uneven tire wear

There are many parts that make up the steering and suspension systems. If your vehicle isn’t handling properly, one or more of these parts may need to be repaired or replaced:

• Ball joints     • Bushings
• Sway bar links  • Center links
• Idler arms  • Pitman arms
• Rack & pinion units  • CV joints / Boots
• Tie rod ends / Sleeves  • CV axle half shafts
• Shock absorbers  • MacPherson struts / Cartridges
• Universal joints and springs 

Steering and suspension systems are complex, so if your car doesn’t feel quite right or you’re hearing unusual sounds from the front of the vehicle, call, stop in or make an online appointment. We can identify any misalignments and other problems, then get you back on the road quickly.

Oil Recycling

Interesting fact: the motor oil in your car can be re-used over and over again.

That doesn't mean you don't need to have your oil changed on a regular basis. It means that once we drain the old oil from your vehicle, we collect it for recycling. Then, it's cleaned and re-used in other vehicles.

(Find our oil change coupon here.) 

That's very good news for two main reasons:

1) Oil recycling conserves a natural resource.

2) Oil recycling discourages the illegal dumping of oil, which reduces the threat of pollution in our rivers, lakes and groundwater.

All Mountain View Tire and Auto Service locations are Certified Oil Collection Centers. So, each time you allow us to change your oil, you're making a wise choice for the environment.

CalRecycleHeaderExtraLargeIf you change your vehicle's oil yourself, bring it to any of our stores and we'll dispose of it properly for you.

Does your business generate small amounts of used oil? Call our nearest location to see if we have the capacity to accept your oil.

Certified used oil centers cannot accept oil that's contaminated with other fluids, such as gasoline, antifreeze, solvents or water. We can, however, suggest collection options for you.

For more details, visit this CalRecycle page

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Recirculation Button

Do you know what your car’s “recirculation” button does? It’s okay if you don’t. Lots of people are stumped by it.

The feature is most helpful during the warmest months of the year. When the button is pushed or the recirculation option is chosen, the cooler, air-conditioned air already in your cabin will be re-used and cooled again by your vehicle’s AC system.

When the recirculation option is not in use, fresh air will continually be drawn in from outside of the vehicle. Of course, that outside air will be hot. That means your air conditioning system will need to work harder to keep cooling the warmer air. And when your AC is working harder, your car uses more fuel and you put more stress on your AC compressor.

So, to keep the air inside the cabin cooled as efficiently as possible, choose recirculation. If you drive a newer model, sensors in the vehicle may make the choice for you, switching between fresh and recirculated air when appropriate.

If you have questions or need help with your car's air conditioning system, pull into any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location

Auto Repair Guide

There’s no shortage of auto service providers in this area. With so many choices, though, how do you know which one to trust with your vehicle and your family’s safety?

The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) provides valuable advice with an online resource called A Consumer’s Guide to Automotive Repair in California

The content includes this promise: “By following these tips, you can keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure a good working relationship with your auto repair shop.”

Chris Mitsos agrees. He’s a Vice President of Mountain View Tire and Auto Service. “The information in this guide is spot on,” says Chris. “These are the exact procedures we teach our team to follow.”

Here are a few of the key takeaways.

Read your owner’s manual - You’ll find your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and learn what the warning lights mean. The manual can even provide valuable insight if you’re questioning whether a recommended repair is right for your vehicle or if it may invalidate your warranty.

Choose your repair shop before you need it - Have you just moved to the area? Are you a first-time driver? Or maybe you’re not happy with your current service provider. Start looking for your new auto care team now to avoid a frantic search when you need a quick repair. Visit several facilities near your home and workplace. Let each manager know you’re trying to find a new shop and you’d like to know “why should it be this one?”

BrakesAsk yourself these questions about each location:

• Is the shop clean and organized with modern equipment?
• Is the staff friendly and helpful? Does the manager answer your questions willingly?
• Are the company’s policies, warranty details and professional certifications posted publicly?
• After leaving, do you feel as if you’ve been cared for? Did the shop earn your business?

Estimates, invoices and other paperwork - A written service or repair estimate must include the total cost of all parts and labor, along with an itemized list of the parts that will be required. If the shop needs to change any portion of your signed estimate, they must secure your permission first.

Once the job is done, you should receive an invoice that includes a list of all work performed, even if the part or repair was under warranty and you weren’t charged for it.

Guarantees are not required by law, but, if provided, the written document must include details on what is covered, how long the guarantee is in effect, any exclusions, whether the protection is prorated or transferable, and information on what you must do to make a claim under the guarantee.

BAR’s online repair guide also provides details on how to file a complaint against an auto repair facility. Visit the site here.

Air Conditioner Service

During Southern California summers your car’s air conditioner is just about as important as its steering wheel.

But when the cool air blowing from the vents is less than fresh, the smell can make taking the bus seem like a more pleasant alternative.

Your car’s air conditioning system removes water from the air. Some of that condensation can collect in and around the AC unit and create a breeding ground for mold and fungus. When the blower motor forces air over that water, the mold is dispersed throughout your vehicle’s cabin. The result: a bad odor and maybe even allergic reactions in some passengers.

To treat the problem, we perform an AC deodorizer service using a product called BG Frigi-Fresh. It safely eliminates any foul odors by killing their sources - mold, mildew and fungi - and keeps your vehicle’s interior smelling fresh without the need to manually clean your AC system.

BG Frigi-Fresh is an EPA and USDA-accepted disinfectant, deodorant and sanitizer.

Make an online appointment for your AC deodorizer service. You can also call your nearest Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location or just stop in.

Transmission Inspection

Does your vehicle have an automatic transmission? If so, it requires transmission fluid to operate properly. Also known as ATF, that fluid prevents the transmission from running too hot, especially when your vehicle is towing a trailer, climbing steep hills, or operating under any other severe conditions.

Like all automotive fluids, transmission fluid will break down and become less effective as it ages. When it gets too hot, the fluid will oxidize, turn brown and start to smell like burnt toast. Intense heat will also affect the fluid's ability to do its job. Varnish will form on the valve body and other internal parts, which will affect the transmission's functionality.

If the temperature climbs too high, the rubber seals within the transmission will harden and break, allowing leaks and a loss of pressure. And if the clutches burn out the only option is a complete overhaul, which can get pricey.

Your transmission is your vehicle's most complex system. Repairing or replacing it can be expensive. That's why it pays to take good care of it. So, have your transmission fluid and filter checked every 30,000 miles. The fluid may only need to be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, though. If you put your car or truck through more stress than the average driver, have the transmission inspected and serviced more often to prevent it from overheating.

If we can help, schedule an online appointment or pull into any one of our Southern California locations.

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Tire Facts

1) Do you know why tires are black? The rubber used to make them contains carbon black, a material that's also used to create the black pigment of mascara, as well as printing ink and toner.

2) Rubber isn't the only material used to make tires. In fact, there are more than 200 materials in each tire, including steel wire, cobalt, titanium, sulfur and zinc oxide, plus polyester, rayon and nylon.

3) About 290 million tires are discarded in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, 80% are recycled. Many old tires are re-purposed for use as an industrial fuel source, in asphalt or as a gravel substitute. Old tires can also be shredded and used as garden mulch and wastewater filters.

4) Tires are relatively large compared to your vehicle's other components, but only an area about the size of a postcard touches the road surface at any time.

5) You may already know that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters use a lot of fuel in the 4 or 5 seconds it takes them to drive a quarter-mile (about 23 gallons), but they also go through tires quickly. The giant "racing slicks" as they're called must be changed every four to six runs, which means they're only used for about 2 miles on the track.

6) Tires that are six years old or older are more likely to fail due to tread separation, sidewall bulges or other problems.

7) At 70 miles per hour, tires with 1/32" of tread will take 300 feet - or 18.3 car lengths - to stop on a wet road. That's almost twice as long as it takes new tires to stop under the same conditions.

If you need new tires or tire repair, visit any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location in Southern California. 

National Tire Safety Week 1

If you don't keep an eye on your weight, you may develop some dangerous health problems down the road.

The same basic rule applies to the tires on your vehicle. If you don't keep an eye on their condition, they may put you at risk for a serious accident.

National Tire Safety Week 2020 is May 18th through the 24th. The event was created by the Rubber Manufacturers Association to remind drivers how important it is to have their tires checked for low tread, uneven wear, proper pressure, and any signs of damage.

If you don't think a quick tire inspection is worth your time at least once per month, think about how much time you'll spend in a repair shop, in a court room, and maybe even in a hospital if your tire blows out at 70 miles per hour.

Please use the occasion of National Tire Safety Week to pull into a Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location near you or schedule an online appointment. We'll be happy to check your tires for signs of potential problems. Then, stop in once a month and we'll check your tire pressure for you. It's one of the quickest and most effective steps you can take to maximize your safety on the road.

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