Radiator Repair? Five Signs To Be Aware Of

Did you know Atlantic Tire performs radiator repair and maintenance for our customers? Your radiator may be in need of either maintenance or repair if you experience any of these conditions: Visible leaking fluid – the coolant will be sticky and typically a bright green, orange or pink in color on your driveway. Dropping coolant level, rising temperature gauge – a quick drop is a good indicator your radiator is leaking. As the radiator rises and … Read More

WARNING: Brake Problems Ahead!

Are your brakes screeching, grinding, squalling, rubbing, vibrating, pulsating or pressing all the way to the floor?  These are all evident warning signs to be proactive with before you experience a true emergency! Brake pads and shoes may need inspection and replacement if they are screeching, grinding, squalling or rubbing when activated.   Rotor wear and warping are indicators associated with a vibration and pulsation in the pedal or steering wheel.  Additionally, you may notice … Read More

What a Shaking Steering Wheel Might Mean

While it is impossible for an untrained person to diagnose a problem with a vehicle, there are some common telltale signs that often indicate certain types of problems developing. If you feel your steering wheel pulsating or shaking while you drive, this symptom can potentially indicate a few different things. Watch when the problem starts The easiest place to start is to observe when the shaking occurs. If your steering wheel only shakes when you are braking, the … Read More

Signs That Your Air Conditioning May Need Service

The hottest days of the year are upon us! Many people unfortunately wait until the A/C stops working before having it serviced. It is extremely unpleasant to discover that your air conditioning is broken on your way to the beach on a 100-degree day (or while you sweat buckets through your business suit on the way to an important meeting)! Also, waiting too long to service your A/C system can make repairs more costly. If you have noticed any … Read More

Making Vehicle Service More Convenient and Comfortable

It is important for us to make our customers feel comfortable while waiting for vehicle service. Whether your car needs major repairs or routine maintenance, we offer a number of different amenities to make the process as easy as possible. Shuttle Service We don’t want you to have to miss work or rearrange your schedule around repairs. If you live or work near one of our three Triangle locations, we’ll drop you off and pick you up when … Read More

Common Reasons Why Vehicles Fail North Carolina State Inspections

The State of North Carolina requires most vehicles to pass an annual inspection, which includes a Safety inspection and an Emissions inspection. The North Carolina DMV will not renew your registration until your vehicle has passed inspection. North Carolina does not use stickers; results are transmitted electronically to the DMV database. You can have your vehicle inspected up to 90 days before the tags expire. Here are a few common problems that can result in a failed state inspection. … Read More

4 Types of Car Brakes

Brakes are perhaps the most important safety feature of any vehicle. Knowing the different types of brakes, both between and within vehicles, can help you feel better informed when caring for and repairing your brakes. There are two kinds of service brakes, or the brakes that stop your vehicle while driving: disc and drum brakes. Additionally, almost all vehicles come with emergency brakes and anti-lock brakes. Disc Brakes Disc brakes consist of a brake rotor … Read More

Pre-Road Trip Inspection Checklist

As summer approaches and you finalize all your road trip destinations, be sure you also take a half hour to ensure your car is ready to go. There’s nothing like being sidelined off I-40 to put a damper on your summer plans. Here is an outline of all the most common issues that occur on the road and what to check for to avoid them. While you can check some of these yourself, others will … Read More

How to Know When to Get an Oil Change

There are a lot of variables that impact when to change your oil. Most shops recommend changing it every 3,000 miles, but new cars in optimal driving conditions can sometimes go as far as 5,000 miles, whereas older cars, cars that often tow heavy loads, or cars that often drive in extreme cold/heat might need to replace their oil as often as every 1,000 miles. Drivers also need to consider which kind of oil they … Read More

Spare Tire Options

When purchasing or replacing a spare tire, there are several things to consider. Here is a list of your options with their pros and cons to help you make an informed decision. Full-Size Matching Spare: Pros: Your regular tires could last a little longer as you now have five to rotate, and if you have to use your spare you can drive on it for a while rather than going straight to the repair shop. … Read More