Black's Tire and Auto Service Bloghttp://blackstire.com/blogMost recent posts.Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:20:03 -0500en-ushourly1It's the Little (and Not So Little) Thingshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/it-s-the-little-and-not-so-little-thingshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/it-s-the-little-and-not-so-little-things#commentsSat, 11 Mar 2017 08:20:03 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/it-s-the-little-and-not-so-little-things<p> Everyone knows that Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service offers oil changes, brake repair, wheel alignments and other common auto repair and maintenance details. You might <img alt="Auto Repair in Fayetteville NC " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4980/auto-repair-fayetteville-nc.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />not have known, however, about some of the other services we offer!</p> <p> <strong>Windshield wipers:</strong> Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year before the sun&rsquo;s UV rays and normal wear start to take their toll. If you notice chipping, drying-out and cracking or strips of rubber being shed from your wiper blades, it&rsquo;s best to have them replaced before the rain starts coming down.</p> <p> <strong>Belts and Hoses:</strong> Belts and hoses tend to last for a very long time&hellip;and that&rsquo;s why they get neglected. Nothing will have you stuck by the side of the road quicker, however, than a failed hose or serpentine belt. Belts and hoses are just one more routine maintenance service we offer at Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service!</p> <p> <strong>Exhaust Repair:</strong> A hole in your muffler can mean more than a noisy vehicle. Exhaust problems can mean drivability issues, emissions problems or carbon monoxide making its way back into the vehicle&rsquo;s passenger compartment. We&rsquo;ll check exhaust pipes, hangers, hardware and the catalytic converter and O2 sensors for a complete exhaust checkup.</p> <p> <strong>Electrical maintenance: </strong>Totally aside from the complexities of the engine&rsquo;s network of processors and sensors, today&rsquo;s vehicles have some very sophisticated electrical accessories. Tricky jobs like repairing power windows or power seats? We can do them at Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service!</p> <p> We just thought you&rsquo;d like to know about some of the less-common maintenance and auto repair services we offer. Make an appointment with us soon!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/it-s-the-little-and-not-so-little-things/feed0A Look At Black's Jacksonville Store http://blackstire.com/blog/view/a-look-at-black-s-jacksonville-storehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/a-look-at-black-s-jacksonville-store#commentsTue, 21 Feb 2017 18:33:47 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/a-look-at-black-s-jacksonville-store<p> Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service has been building a network of stores across North and South Carolina since way back in 1929, back when we were just called &ldquo;Black&rsquo;s <img alt="Blacks Tire and Auto Service in Jacksonville NC " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4967/blacks-tire-and-auto-service-jacksonville-nc.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Service Station.&rdquo; With W. Crowell Black at the helm, we don&rsquo;t think anyone expected Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service to eventually grow to a total of 37 locations&hellip;and here&rsquo;s a little closer look at our store in Jacksonville, NC!</p> <p> Conveniently located at 472 Western Boulevard in Jacksonville, Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service is also in easy distance for drivers in Riegelwood and Delco, NC. Just like the rest of Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service locations, you can count on our Jacksonville, NC store for services such as:</p> <ul> <li> Wheel alignment</li> <li> Brakes</li> <li> A/C service</li> <li> Oil changes</li> <li> Engine diagnostics</li> <li> Cooling system repair</li> </ul> <p> And of course, we carry tires from top brands like Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly and many&nbsp;more!</p> <p> Just like all Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service locations, <a href="http://blackstire.com/tires-auto-repair-service-jacksonville-nc">our Jacksonville store</a> believes in outstanding customer service. That shows in niceties like a clean and comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi, online scheduling for appointments, free air for tire inflation and lifetime wheel balancing and tire rotation with the purchase of a set of tires. We&rsquo;re staffed with ASE-certified technicians so you know your vehicle&rsquo;s in good hands, and we&rsquo;re qualified to work on just about any make or model of car, truck, minivan, SUV or crossover you can name. Whether it&rsquo;s a vintage ride or a 2017 model, we&rsquo;ve got you covered!</p> <p> One thing hasn&rsquo;t changed about Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, and that&rsquo;s the sort of friendly and accommodating atmosphere you have come to expect from a family-owned business like ours. The slogan &ldquo;Black&rsquo;s Has Your Back&rdquo; is just as fitting for our Jacksonville, NC location as for all our stores across North and South Carolina.</p> <p> We know you&rsquo;ve got plenty of choices for tires and auto repair, and we&rsquo;re glad you chose Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Jacksonville. Store manager Robbie Mercer invites you to give them a call at (910) 378-2142 or email at <a href="mailto:info@blackstire.com">info@blackstire.com</a> and find out what Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service&rsquo;s Jacksonville, NC store can do for you!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-look-at-black-s-jacksonville-store/feed0A Look at the Goodyear Wrangler AT/S http://blackstire.com/blog/view/a-look-at-the-goodyear-wrangler-at-shttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/a-look-at-the-goodyear-wrangler-at-s#commentsTue, 10 Jan 2017 10:24:03 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/a-look-at-the-goodyear-wrangler-at-s<p> Ever notice how many pickups and SUVs you see on the road? The light truck and SUV markets&nbsp;have exploded in the last 20 years, and Goodyear&rsquo;s Wrangler AT/S is a great tire for these types of vehicles.</p> <p> The Wrangler name has been with Goodyear for a long, long time and the Wrangler AT/S represents the latest innovations in this legendary tire family. The Wrangler AT/S is an on- or off-road all-terrain light truck tire that&rsquo;s developed for two- or four-wheel-drive trucks. It&rsquo;s designed for good traction off-pavement on soft soils or mud while offering great handling and road manners, a forgiving ride and low noise on the pavement.</p> <p> Internally, the Goodyear Wrangler AT/S is designed with two high-tensile steel belts and a polyester cord body, for the best in both ride quality and tough durability. Its<img alt="Goodyear Wrangler in Fayetteville NC " src="https://admin-blackstire.securetcs.com/images/display/4958/goodyear-wrangler-fayetteville-nc.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 10px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /> tread compound is designed to stay flexible for traction, with a multi-faceted, symmetric tread design.</p> <p> The tread pattern is formed into aggressive wraparound shoulder blocks and interlocking blocks at the center portion, combining low noise with rugged looks. Dual traction lug channels are self-cleaning, ejecting mud and stones so there&rsquo;s always a clear section of tread groove to dig in on soft surfaces. Strong lateral notches at the shoulder area help enhance traction on- or off-road in dry, wet or wintry conditions. The Wrangler AT/S is backed by a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty from Goodyear.</p> <p> Any Goodyear tire purchased at Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service comes with the full backing of the Goodyear Tire &amp; Service Network. We&rsquo;re a proud part of that family&hellip;and along with full tire warranty coverage, the Goodyear TSN offers nationwide warranty coverage for parts and labor on a wide range of mechanical repairs.</p> <p> With Goodyear&rsquo;s reputation for quality and innovation, you really can&rsquo;t go wrong with a set of Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires for your truck or SUV. <a href="http://blackstire.com/pages/contact_us">Make an appointment</a> with us at <a href="http://blackstire.com/contact">Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service</a> and let&rsquo;s talk about a set of Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires &ndash; regardless of what you drive, we&rsquo;ve got a set that will be a great fit, and at a price point you&rsquo;ll love!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-look-at-the-goodyear-wrangler-at-s/feed0Battery and Brakes -- A Big Part of Winter Preparednesshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/battery-and-brakes-a-big-part-of-winter-preparednesshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/battery-and-brakes-a-big-part-of-winter-preparedness#commentsFri, 16 Dec 2016 20:31:54 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/battery-and-brakes-a-big-part-of-winter-preparedness<p> You step on the brake pedal and your car stops. You turn the ignition key and your car starts. Two pretty basic things that we take for granted. Your brakes and <img alt="Car Battery in Raleigh NC " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4943/car-battery-raleigh-nc.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 171px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />battery, however, are even more important in winter weather.</p> <p> Brakes&hellip;well, that&rsquo;s kind of obvious. If you&rsquo;re driving on snow or slush, your car&rsquo;s braking and steering performance are already going to be compromised. It just makes sense to get a running jump at winter conditions by making sure that your brakes are in good shape before the weather gets bad.</p> <p> If you&rsquo;re noticing problems like longer stopping distances, noise, vibration or a pull to one side while braking or a tendency for one or more wheels to lock up and skid, it might be time for brake work. At least make an appointment with us for a brake inspection!</p> <p> Your battery, on the other hand, is really stressed in cold weather. The battery relies on a chemical reaction to store and deliver an electric charge, and that reaction is slowed to about half its capacity when it&rsquo;s sub-freezing outside. On top of that, motor oil tends to thicken in cold weather and become more viscous, making it harder for the starter to turn the engine over.</p> <p> Newer battery designs often just fail without much warning&hellip;you come out to start your car one day and it just will no longer start. If you&rsquo;re noticing a drop in reserve cranking power, slower cranking or other signs of a weakening battery, don&rsquo;t wait until you&rsquo;re stranded somewhere. Make an appointment and have that battery checked and replaced if necessary.</p> <p> At Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, we can take care of you on both counts. Our ASE-certified techs can install brake pads on all four wheels if necessary, and we can test your battery and charging system before the snow flies. Don&rsquo;t take chances this winter&hellip;it&rsquo;s your own safety that&rsquo;s at stake (well, along with everyone else on the highway). Make an appointment with Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service soon! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/battery-and-brakes-a-big-part-of-winter-preparedness/feed0Winter's Here...Are You Ready with Winter Tires? http://blackstire.com/blog/view/winter-s-here-are-you-ready-with-winter-tireshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/winter-s-here-are-you-ready-with-winter-tires#commentsFri, 16 Dec 2016 19:23:32 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/winter-s-here-are-you-ready-with-winter-tires<p> You know that we can get some serious winter weather here in North Carolina, even if only for a short time. Are your tires up to the job, if we get a few inches of <img alt="Winter Tires in Raleigh NC " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4942/winter-tires-raleigh-nc.jpeg" style="width: 250px; height: 134px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />snow on the ground?<br /> <br /> If they&rsquo;re all-season tires, the answer to that is probably &ldquo;no.&rdquo; All-season tires are a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none. They offer low noise, good road manners, handling and ride quality and good traction on dry or wet pavement. Unfortunately, once the snow flies and piles up, all-season tires tend to lose their composure.</p> <p> Ever considered a set of winter tires?</p> <p> Winter tires are a far cry from the heavy, noisy, clumsy &ldquo;snow tires&rdquo; that were on your dad&rsquo;s Buick station wagon in the 70s. Today&rsquo;s winter tires rival the best all-season and passenger tires in terms of ride quality, noise level and handling. Winter tires are designed with deeper, more aggressive tread grooves to dig into snow, but shed the snow as they turn so there&rsquo;s always a clear groove. They also feature a dense network of sipes, hair-thin slits cut into the tire tread face to add thousands of extra biting edges for traction in snow.</p> <p> More importantly, modern winter tires are designed with a tread formulation that stays flexible at low temperatures. A flexible tire can conform more easily to deliver traction on snow and slush, where an all-season or high performance tire might stiffen up and just spin without connecting. Please remember, though, that there&rsquo;s a down side to those softer tires&hellip;they will wear pretty quickly in warmer weather. Winter tires should be changed back to all-season tires when temperatures are above 40-45 degrees.</p> <p> At Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service Centers, we&rsquo;re proud members of the Goodyear network of dealerships. That means we carry winter tires from Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly, in a wide variety of sizes for different fitments. And as part of the Goodyear Tire &amp; Service Network, you can count on us for top-quality warranty coverage and service after the sale. Are your tires up to the job of getting&nbsp; you through winter weather? <a href="http://blackstire.com/appointments">Make an appointment</a> with us at Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service Centers! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/winter-s-here-are-you-ready-with-winter-tires/feed0Integrity!http://blackstire.com/blog/view/integrityhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/integrity#commentsFri, 09 Dec 2016 16:04:28 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/integrity<p> Dear Orlando --</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nearly 14 years ago I brought a car in for &quot;squeaking brakes.&quot; Your people came out and said, <em>&quot;We just blew the brake dust out and you&#39;ll be fine!&quot;</em> they could have replaced the brakes at over $100.00, and I&#39;d have paid in full, not even knowing the difference.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I said to myself, <strong>&quot;I&#39;m going back to Black!!!&quot;</strong>&nbsp; <u>Integrity</u>!</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Today I brought my 2012 Chrysler 200 in for the same problem, squeaking brakes backing out of the garage.&nbsp; With nearly 50,000 miles on them, it many be time, but I silently prayed, <em>&quot;Lord please let it be inexpensive!&quot;</em></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And YOU came back to me with my same story from 14 years ago.&nbsp; &quot;You have <u>plenty of pads</u>! (But you do need an air filter.)&quot;</p> <p> <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; YOU, and Black&#39;s have established a rock-solid reputation for INTEGRITY.</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Again, I would have gladly paid to replace the brakes, but you did what was <u>RIGHT</u>, not what was <u>most profitable</u>.&nbsp; Rest assured you&#39;ll be recommended to all my friends.&nbsp;</p> <p> In Christ,</p> <p> Bob</p> /blog/view/integrity/feed0Careful On Those Autumn Drives!http://blackstire.com/blog/view/careful-on-those-autumn-driveshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/careful-on-those-autumn-drives#commentsSun, 27 Nov 2016 16:25:08 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/careful-on-those-autumn-drives<p> You&rsquo;re out for a nice autumn drive, taking in the fall colors&hellip;but you need to be careful!</p> <p> Why?</p> <p> After a rain, a layer of dead leaves on the payment can be downright treacherous and slippery. The water helps the leaves begin to decompose, making them a <img alt="Driver Safety in Fayetteville NC " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4935/driver-safety-fayetteville-nc.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />little slimy and slick on the underside. That, along with a film of water and a smooth blacktop surface, can be a recipe for trouble.</p> <p> Here are some suggestions for driving on leaf-covered roadways in the fall months:</p> <p> --Keep an eye on the road ahead, especially after a rain. If you spot a stretch of pavement that&rsquo;s covered with leaves, be prepared to slow down.</p> <p> --Check your tire pressure. In addition to causing premature tire wear and hurting fuel economy, low tire pressure can affect handling and steering response.</p> <p> --Slow down on offramps, curves and corners if leaves are present.</p> <p> --Be prepared for longer stopping distances on leaf-covered pavement.</p> <p> --Watch for your lane width and shoulder locations. A layer of leaves can cover pavement markings, making for some confusion.</p> <p> --Never park on a pile of leaves. Your muffler and catalytic converter are very hot, and parking on a pile of dry leaves can easily ignite a fire.</p> <p> --If possible, try to do more of your driving in the daylight hours. The days are shorter in winter, of course, and daylight savings time means an earlier sunset&hellip;which can all make it more difficult to see leaf-slick pavement.</p> <p> --Check your tires&rsquo; tread depth. Take a penny and stick it into the tread grooves, Lincoln head down. If the tread reaches Abe&rsquo;s head, that&rsquo;s&nbsp; the minimum allowable tread depth of 2/32&rdquo;. Try it again with a quarter. Does the tread reach Washington&rsquo;s head? That&rsquo;s &nbsp;a tread depth of 4/32&rdquo;. One more time with the penny &ndash; if the tread surface touches the Lincoln Memorial, that&rsquo;s a healthy 6/32&rdquo; of tread, meaning your tires should be good for awhile.</p> <p> Driver safety is important year round, but slick leaves on pavement in autumn can present a special challenge. If it&rsquo;s time for a set of tires for your car, <a href="http://blackstire.com/pages/contact_us">make an appointment</a> with us at Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service!</p> /blog/view/careful-on-those-autumn-drives/feed0Neighbors Helping Neighbors After Hurricane Matthewhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/neighbors-helping-neighbors-after-matthewhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/neighbors-helping-neighbors-after-matthew#commentsSun, 27 Nov 2016 15:34:03 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/neighbors-helping-neighbors-after-matthew<p> It wasn&rsquo;t that long ago that Hurricane Matthew blew through and dumped torrential rain and high winds on Eastern North Carolina. The damage was substantial...thousands of people were made homeless, the Tar River, Lumber River and Neuse river were all far out of their banks, and Lumberton, Princeville, <img alt="Neighbors Help Neighbors | Blacks Tire &amp; Auto Service" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4936/hurricane-matthew.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Fair Bluff, Kinston and other smaller communities were underwater for days on end.</p> <p> While state and federal emergency management are certainly a big help in a situation like this, it&rsquo;s neighbors helping neighbors that really do a lot of the heavy lifting. &nbsp;And it&rsquo;s this sort of adversity that brings out the best in many of us, as we all pitch in together to help each other at the local, neighborhood and house-to-house level. In towns like Kinston, improvised relief efforts sprang up as residents pitched in to help bring supplies to flood-stricken families and hungry kids.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s because we know we can&rsquo;t wait for FEMA or the National Guard to show up and help us out &ndash; our needs are more immediate than that. More than that, though, it&rsquo;s because we&rsquo;re good people with a sense of responsibility and commitment to our neighbors and our communities. Canoes, rowboats and kayaks making their way through flood waters to check on homes and pets. Volunteers pitching in at the Red Cross, Salvation Army, food banks and churches. Neighbors helping people on their streets drag ruined furniture and belongings out of houses, preparing them to be gutted for remodeling.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s been heartening to see this sort of effort and see the best side of humanity in the face of a disaster like Matthew. While it&rsquo;s never easy to get through a situation like this, where so many have lost so much, we can all help each other out and spread the load a bit. At Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service, we&rsquo;re so glad to see this kind of thing happening. It&rsquo;s one of the things that makes us proud to be Carolinians, proud to be Americans and proud to be your neighbors. We&rsquo;re overwhelmed and gratified to see things play out this way, and we&rsquo;re here to help you all in any way that we can.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/neighbors-helping-neighbors-after-matthew/feed0Testimonial - Michael Mabehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/testimonial-michael-mabehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/testimonial-michael-mabe#commentsThu, 24 Nov 2016 14:21:23 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/testimonial-michael-mabe<p> Just wanted to say THANK YOU to the fine people at Black&#39;s Tire.</p> <p> My wife and I went to pick our son up from Camp Geiger for Thanksgiving and on the way back we had a blow out just passed Exit 228. I think his name was Jason helped us get a rollback to take us to his shop in Whiteville, NC. We had 4 new tires put on in no time and on our way.Can&#39;t say enough about our great they are, treated us like we had done busniess all of our lives with them.</p> <p> What really floored me was they DID NOT over price us being out of towners. So once again I want to say thank you !!!</p> <p> Michael Mabe</p> /blog/view/testimonial-michael-mabe/feed0North Myrtle Beach Location Evacuation http://blackstire.com/blog/view/north-myrtle-beach-location-evacuationhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/north-myrtle-beach-location-evacuation#commentsSun, 09 Oct 2016 13:29:54 -0400Danielhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/north-myrtle-beach-location-evacuationDue to Hurricane Matthew and the inclement weather Our North Myrtle Beach location has been evacuated and will not be open today or Friday we will be keeping a watch on the weather and keep our customers updated. If you need any assistance you can contact Mark Heflin at (843) 458-1903 or try one of our neighboring locations. Thank you all very much. /blog/view/north-myrtle-beach-location-evacuation/feed0CV Joints: What Are They? http://blackstire.com/blog/view/cv-joints-what-are-theyhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/cv-joints-what-are-they#commentsMon, 29 Feb 2016 11:51:00 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/cv-joints-what-are-they<p> Many of the vehicles on the road today are front-wheel-drive; for FWD vehicles, the standard way to get torque from the car&rsquo;s transmission to the front wheels is via CV (constant-velocity) joints.</p> <p> Many of the vehicles on the road today are front-wheel-drive; for FWD vehicles, the standard way to get torque from the car&rsquo;s transmission to the front wheels is via CV (constant-velocity) joints. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles use a U-joint at the front and rear of the driveshaft, but a conventional U-joint can&rsquo;t accommodate as much movement as a <a href="http://blackstire.com/drive-lines"><img alt="Auto Repair in Raleigh NC" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4597/auto-repair-raleigh-nc.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></a>can.</p> <p> These joints are at the end of half-length axles, and transfer torque to the drive wheels while still allowing for steering and the up-and-down motion of the suspension. The inner and outer joints are packed in a special grease, then sealed with a rubber or plastic bellows-shaped boot that&rsquo;s held in place with two clamps.</p> <p> CV joints were more prone to failure in the 80s and 90s, but today many cars with over 200,000 miles still have the original CV joints in place. That doesn&rsquo;t mean they&rsquo;re foolproof, however!</p> <p> The most common problem with a CV joint is when the boot itself starts to crack or degrade. When this happens, moisture and grit can enter the sealed unit and the grease begins to escape and leak. These are signs that this fairly common auto repair is coming up:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leaks of grease by the front wheels</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Front wheels are spattered with grease along the inside or outside of the rim</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Clicking, ratcheting or popping sound, especially while negotiating a tight turn or a U-turn. The sound will be louder while turning in one direction than the other.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Shudder or side-to-side shake while accelerating. This can also be a sign of a failing motor mount, which is another fairly common problem with FWD vehicles.</p> <p> If left too long, a CV joint can even completely fail and come loose while driving. If this happens, the half-axle can flop around and damage other nearby parts such as the power steering pump, oil pan or transmission, turning a fairly simple auto repair into a really expensive one. It can even drop down and dig into the pavement, vaulting the car entirely off the ground!</p> <p> Many times, the boot can be replaced and the bearings and CV joint repacked with grease. This is a lot less expensive auto repair than replacing the entire axle, but remember that while the part itself is fairly cheap, there&rsquo;s still a considerable amount of labor involved. If the joint itself is worn out, it can&rsquo;t be repaired or overhauled. It will need to be replaced, or sometimes the entire axle/CV joint assembly will need replacement.</p> <p> If you&rsquo;re noticing noise or roughness in your FWD vehicle&rsquo;s drivetrain, it could be a CV joint issue. It&rsquo;s an auto repair you really don&rsquo;t want to put off &ndash; give us a call and make an<a href="http://blackstire.com/catalog/schedule_appointment"> appointment </a>with Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Raleigh, NC and let our techs have a look!</p> /blog/view/cv-joints-what-are-they/feed0Conventional Motor Oil Vs. Synthetic: The Jury Is Inhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/conventional-motor-oil-vs-synthetic-the-jury-is-inhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/conventional-motor-oil-vs-synthetic-the-jury-is-in#commentsThu, 25 Feb 2016 11:51:00 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/conventional-motor-oil-vs-synthetic-the-jury-is-in<p> For decades, conventional motor oil was the only way to go for engines. Over the years, conventional motor oils were continually improved, enhanced with <img alt="Oil Changes in Myrtle Beach SC " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4598/oil-changes-myrtle-beach-SC.png" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />detergents, dispersants, friction modifiers and other additives. These additives would improve the oil&rsquo;s performance and lubricating properties, lengthening the intervals between oil changes and helping to prevent sludge buildup on internal engine parts. In the 70s, multi-grade motor oils were introduced; these oils could perform well at a wide range of operating temperatures. Conventional oil tends to thicken and become more viscous in cold weather and thin out at high temperatures; prior to the days of multi-grade oils, drivers had to use a thinner oil in winter months and a thicker oil in the summer.</p> <p> The refining process for conventional motor oil is fairly complex, yet it still leaves paraffin and other impurities in the final product, which compromises its lubricating properties. In the 1930s and early 40s, German chemists began to experiment with synthetic oil as a replacement for mineral-based oil. They soon found that synthetic oil could stay fluid in sub-zero temperatures at the Eastern front, unlike conventional oil.</p> <p> In the following decades, formulations of synthetic oil were developed further, and by the 70s full-synthetics were available for automotive use. Earlier synthetics tended to degrade gaskets and seals, leading to leaks and giving synthetics a bad reputation, but that problem is now a thing of the past. Today, all manufacturers recommend synthetic motor oil for new vehicles; tests and real-world experience have shown that synthetics outperform conventional mineral-based oil in every respect.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Synthetic oil doesn&rsquo;t thicken and become more viscous at cold temps, making startup easier and helping move oil to the engine&rsquo;s upper end more quickly, reducing wear</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Synthetics don&rsquo;t thin out at high temperatures, for better protection in summer</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Synthetics enhance engine efficiency and fuel efficiency, reducing emissions</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The molecular uniformity and purity of synthetic oil gives it better shear strength. The tolerances between moving parts in an engine are literally microscopic, a thickness of a micron or two. Shear strength refers to the oil&rsquo;s ability to hold up and not disintegrate at the molecular level in these tight tolerances, and the smaller, more uniform molecules of synthetics are superior in shear strength.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Short trips mean that the engine never has time enough to warm up to operating temperature and burn off the water vapor, acids and other byproducts of the combustion process. Synthetic oil does a better job of suspending these contaminants so they can be trapped in the oil filter.</p> <p> <strong>Synthetic Oil Changes</strong></p> <p> So, what does all this mean for you, the driver, when it comes to <a href="http://blackstire.com/oil-lube-amp-filter-change">oil changes</a>? For years, quick-lube shops pushed the &ldquo;3,000 mile&rdquo; rule for oil changes with conventional oil. Over time, the improvements in motor oil formulations pushed that oil change interval to 5,000 and even 7,000 miles. The superior lubricating properties of synthetics, however, mean that motor oil can now be changed at a 10-12,000 mile interval (always check your owner&rsquo;s manual for manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations). While synthetic motor oil is considerably more expensive per quart, it pays off with extended oil change intervals and better engine protection all-around. Are you thinking about switching over to synthetic oil for your vehicle? Give us a call and<a href="http://blackstire.com/catalog/schedule_appointment"> make an appointment </a>with Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Myrtle Beach, SC!</p> /blog/view/conventional-motor-oil-vs-synthetic-the-jury-is-in/feed0Kligerman Pilots RBR Enterprises to 3rd Place Finish at Daytonahttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/kligerman-pilots-rbr-enterprises-to-3rd-place-finish-at-daytonahttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/kligerman-pilots-rbr-enterprises-to-3rd-place-finish-at-daytona#commentsMon, 22 Feb 2016 11:51:00 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/kligerman-pilots-rbr-enterprises-to-3rd-place-finish-at-daytona<p> Kligerman pilots RBR Enterprises to third-place finish at Daytona!</p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;"><em><strong>Kligerman pilots RBR Enterprises to third-place finish at Daytona!</strong></em></span></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4599/CbmG-M9VIAQuTLK.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px;" /><img alt="" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4600/CbrSAU0WIAAVgmg.jpg" style="width: 199px; height: 199px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Effort matches team&#39;s best-ever finish</span></strong></p> <p> <strong>CERRO GORDO, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2016)</strong> &ndash; Parker Kligerman, in his first ride in the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises Valvoline/Advance Auto Parts/BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network Ford F-150, survived a wild finish to bring home a third-place finish in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The finish matches the team&#39;s best ever finish in more than six years of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition. Clay Rogers finished third in this race in 2011.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The result wasn&#39;t without some hard driving and evasive maneuvers from Kligerman. He barely missed being collected by &quot;the big one&quot; on lap 93.</p> <p> &quot;Everyone was trying to make the outside line work, Daniel Suarez, Rico Abreu, and it just wouldn&#39;t work,&quot; Kligerman said. &quot;There eventually comes a point where you can see the race kind of take a character...Suddenly a race takes like a shift and suddenly is hitting each other as hard as they can, and I could just see it happening. So I sort of backed off and suddenly the 88 got turned sideways, that big wreck happened.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;But really after that when you cleared out so many trucks I was focused on ‑‑ literally in my mind I was thinking, you&#39;re gonna get the third.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Even after the white flag flew, that finish was not assured. Another large wreck, that saw Christopher Bell&#39;s Toyota tumble down the front stretch, was caused by contact that occurred directly in front of Kligerman&#39;s No. 92 Ford. Kligerman was able to skate through the carnage. The green flag never came out and when the final order was sorted out, Kligerman and the RBR team were scored third behind race winner Johnny Sauter and second-place finisher Ryan Truex.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;I can&#39;t say enough about this team&#39;s efforts,&quot; said team owner Ricky Benton. &quot;We had a few mistakes on pit road that cost us track position, but they kept working hard and at then end, we were in position to win. (Crew chief) Mike (Hester) called a great race and Parker drove a smart race.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;I&#39;m glad we were able to get a good finish for Valvoline, Advance Auto Parts and Goodyear. We really appreciate their support for this race and this finish gives us a great start to 2016.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;...for this team, there&#39;s three guys that work full‑time in the shop: Hester, (car chief) Bobby Gill and Mikey Hammond, our tire guy,&quot; Kligerman said. &quot;They&#39;re in the shop and they work very hard, very methodically to put great equipment on the track, and you see it today and I think you saw it last year too.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;To give this team that kind of momentum to give them the opportunity to be up front, it&#39;s great.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Kligerman and the RBR team plan to return to NCWTS action next Saturday for the Georgia 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>On Social Media</strong></span></p> <p> Follow<em><strong> RBR Enterprises</strong></em> on Twitter or like them on Facebook.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> About <strong>Valvoline</strong></p> <p> Valvoline was founded in 1866 by Dr. John Ellis when he discovered the lubricating properties of distilled crude oil, thus the world&rsquo;s first petroleum based lubricant. Over the past 150 years Valvoline has reach many milestones such as, its first car race in 1895, the first all-purpose gear oil in 1939, used in Allied vehicles in World War II, introduced Valvoline Racing Motor Oil to the world in the mid-60&rsquo;s, led innovation with Durablend, the first synthetic-blend motor oil in 1996, and in the early 2000&rsquo;s Valvoline launched Maxlife High Mileage Motor Oil. Today it remains the best-selling racing oil of all time. Valvoline is very proud of its association with NASCAR. Valvoline is owned by Ashland Oil Inc. of Kentucky. The Valvoline product line is blended and packaged in 60 plants worldwide. As Valvoline celebrates 150 years of success they are busy planning for the next 150 years that will keep the world moving.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> About <strong>Advance Auto Parts</strong></p> <p> Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a provider of automotive aftermarket parts. The company&rsquo;s stores offer a selection of brand name, original equipment and private label automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items for domestic and import cars. The company&rsquo;s operations consist of 5,261 stores, 111 distribution branches, which operate in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands primarily under the trade names Advance Auto Parts, CARQUEST, Autopart International and WORLDPAC. They also service 1,325 independently owned CARQUEST stores.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> About <strong>BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors</strong></p> <p> BTS Tire &amp; Wheel Distributors offers wholesale distribution services to tire and automotive dealers across the Southeast, operating out of locations in North and South Carolina. For more information, visit bts.tireweb.com. There are 37 Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service retail locations throughout North and South Carolina. To learn more about Black&rsquo;s Tire or to find a location, visit www.blackstire.com.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> About <strong>Wynn&rsquo;s</strong></p> <p> Wynn&rsquo;s, formerly Wynn Oil Company, traces its history to 1939, when the original Wynn&rsquo;s Friction Proofing Oil Treatment&reg; formula was first developed and introduced to the automotive market. In the more than 70 years following the introduction of that single product, Wynn&rsquo;s has grown to become a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of innovative automotive specialty chemicals, service equipment and complete automotive maintenance programs. Today, Wynn&rsquo;s operates as a division of Illinois Tool Works, Inc.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> About <strong>Highland Construction</strong></p> <p> Founded in 1981, Highland Construction is a North Carolina-licensed general contractor specializing in fire and water restoration. Over the past 35 years, Highland Construction served thousands of businesses and homeowners. The company is based in Fayetteville, with offices in Wilmington and Jacksonville N.C.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Partnerships Available</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For more information or to learn how you can partner with<strong> RBR Enterprises</strong> in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, contact Rick Benton II at 910.840.6857 or by email at ricky@blackstire.com.</p> /blog/view/kligerman-pilots-rbr-enterprises-to-3rd-place-finish-at-daytona/feed0Don’t Let Auto Repair Problems Ruin Christmas! http://blackstire.com/blog/view/don-t-let-auto-repair-problems-ruin-christmashttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/don-t-let-auto-repair-problems-ruin-christmas#commentsTue, 01 Dec 2015 11:51:00 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/don-t-let-auto-repair-problems-ruin-christmas<p> The Santas are in the stores, Christmas music is on the radio, and that means that before long, you&rsquo;re going to be thinking about holiday travel. Winter driving is tough on vehicles for a lot of different reasons, so let&rsquo;s go over a few things that you&rsquo;ll want to address before hitting the road: <img alt="Auto Repair in Whiteville, NC" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4601/300x199xauto-repair-whiteville-nc.jpg.pagespeed.ic.69smEz2Bi_.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; float: right; margin: 5px;" /></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> <strong>Tires:</strong> This is where the rubber meets the road&hellip;literally. Make sure that you&rsquo;ve got the right tires for all-season driving and check them for tread depth. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board and state laws require at least 2/32&rdquo; of tread depth, but you really need at least 4/32&rdquo; (or 1/8&rdquo;) to be safe. Here&rsquo;s an easy and quick way to check. Insert a penny into the tread grooves, Lincoln&rsquo;s head down. If the tread reaches the top of Abe&rsquo;s head, your tread is 2/32&rdquo; deep. Now try again with a quarter; if the tread reaches the top of Washington&rsquo;s head, it&rsquo;s 4/32&rdquo; deep. Now, try one more time with the penny again; tread that&rsquo;s 6/32&rdquo; deep should reach the Lincoln Memorial. Also do not forget to check your tire pressure &ndash; tires actually lose pressure in cold weather.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Wipers: </strong>Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year, as UV rays and normal wear take their toll. If your wipers are showing any signs of streaking or smudging while doing their job, replace them. Those streaks and smudges will only get worse in sleet and snow. And, of course, check your windshield washer reservoir and make sure it&rsquo;s topped off with good winter-quality washer fluid.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Coolant:</strong> Your engine&rsquo;s coolant is a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Once it&rsquo;s been in the radiator and cooling system for long enough, it picks up corrosion and contaminants that prevent it from doing its job effectively. Is it a pure bright green (or orange, with some newer formulations)? Or is it showing signs of rust and corrosion? Radiator and coolant flushes should be performed every 30-40,000 miles.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Battery:</strong> Winter temperatures are especially hard on batteries. At sub-freezing temperatures, motor oil thickens, making it harder to turn the engine over. In addition, cold weather slows down the chemical reaction in the battery&rsquo;s cells; at 20 degrees, your battery can only deliver about 50 percent of its rated cranking power. Have your battery&rsquo;s reserve cranking power checked, and make sure that your posts, cables and connections are free of corrosion buildup that can prevent proper charging.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div> At <a href="http://blackstire.com/catalog/schedule_appointment">Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Services</a> in Whiteville, NC, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season&hellip;and we wish you hassle-free holiday travel. <a href="http://admin-blackstire.securetcs.com/appointments">Make an appointment</a> with us and let us make sure your vehicle&rsquo;s up to the task of holiday driving!</div> /blog/view/don-t-let-auto-repair-problems-ruin-christmas/feed0 Black's Tire Service receives 2015 Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian Awardhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-service-receives-2015-tire-business-tire-dealer-humanitarian-awardhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-service-receives-2015-tire-business-tire-dealer-humanitarian-award#commentsTue, 17 Nov 2015 11:51:00 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-service-receives-2015-tire-business-tire-dealer-humanitarian-award<p> Ricky and Dianne Benton awarded 2015 Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4602/_LWH7235 (2).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 190px;" /></p> <p> Ricky and Dianne Benton received the 2015 Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award. Dianne Benton &mdash; the first woman to receive the award &mdash; and Ricky were presented the award Nov. 2 at the Tire Industry Association&rsquo;s annual Tire Industry Honors event during the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. As part of their recognition, the Bentons also received a special medal symbolizing their efforts in giving back, and Tire Business donated $2,500 to the Lake Waccamaw, N.C.-based Boys &amp; Girls Home of North Carolina., the Bentons&rsquo; designated charity. &quot;There is an old saying that those who are blessed are supposed to bless others. We just feel like we are supposed to give back, especially in the community in which we live.&rdquo; -<em>Dianne Benton</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4603/_LWH7250 (2).JPG" style="width: 374px; height: 190px;" /></p> /blog/view/black-s-tire-service-receives-2015-tire-business-tire-dealer-humanitarian-award/feed0Winter’s Coming – Are Your Tires Ready? http://blackstire.com/blog/view/winter-s-coming-are-your-tires-readyhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/winter-s-coming-are-your-tires-ready#commentsTue, 03 Nov 2015 11:51:00 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/winter-s-coming-are-your-tires-ready<p> Winter&rsquo;s on its way, and in many parts of the country that will mean snow and ice. Are your tires ready for winter weather? <img alt="Tires in Raleigh, NC" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4610/Winter’s Coming.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Winter conditions and cold weather are tough on all the systems in your car. The battery and starting system, fuel system, suspension and drivetrain are all affected by winter weather. You can up your odds of coming through winter OK, though, if you just observe some basics in regards to your tires.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> All four tires should be the same brand, or at least the same tread pattern, type and size. Mismatched tires can result in jittery, &ldquo;squirrelly&rdquo; handling that is hard to eradicate.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Get in the habit of checking your tire inflation. Low tire pressure wears tires prematurely and costs you in terms of fuel consumption. It&rsquo;s even more important in the winter, because as the temperatures drop, your tires lose air pressure. Check the air pressure every couple of weeks at least, during winter months.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Check your tires for uneven tread wear and for tread depth. Your tires&rsquo; minimum depth by state law should be 2/32&rdquo; &ndash; it&rsquo;s easy to check this tread depth by inserting a penny into the tread grooves, Lincoln&rsquo;s head down. If the tread reaches the top of Lincoln&rsquo;s head, your tires are at minimum depth. Truthfully, though, tires that are at 2/32&rdquo; or even 4/32&rdquo; tread depth are going to be pretty worthless in snow. If they&rsquo;re that worn, it&rsquo;s time to think about replacement before the weather gets bad.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> You might consider winter tires; quality winter tires can offer significantly better traction and control than all-season tires. That means better turning, shorter braking distances and more predictable handling. Just remember that winter tires aren&rsquo;t designed to be used at temperatures greater than 40 degrees &ndash; their softer tread compounds will soon start to wear excessively in warmer temperatures.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Some people look forward to snow and cold weather, and others can&rsquo;t stand it. For your car, it&rsquo;s a real strain&hellip;and at worst, it&rsquo;s downright dangerous. While you&rsquo;re getting everything prepared, make sure you don&rsquo;t skip over the <a href="http://blackstire.com/tires">tires</a>. Give us a call and make an appointment with <a href="http://blackstire.com/tires-auto-repair-service-raleigh-nc">Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Raleigh, NC</a> and let us help you make sure you&rsquo;re prepared!</div> /blog/view/winter-s-coming-are-your-tires-ready/feed0Why You Should Never Drive Through Waterhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/why-you-should-never-drive-through-waterhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/why-you-should-never-drive-through-water#commentsMon, 12 Oct 2015 11:51:00 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/why-you-should-never-drive-through-water<p> Well, it&rsquo;s fall, and in many parts of the country that means that weather extremes are likely to start picking up. Storms, high winds, hail, heavy rain and flooding&hellip;and every time, there&rsquo;s someone who tries to drive through high water only to get swept away. If they&rsquo;re lucky, they can get out and be rescued by emergency crews.&nbsp;</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are SO many reasons to not drive through high water: <img alt="auto repair in Raleigh, NC" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4611/Why You Should Never Drive Through Water.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> You can&rsquo;t see the road, so you really don&rsquo;t know what you&rsquo;re getting into and can easily drive straight into a ditch</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Especially around bridges, high water can wash away the ground underneath the pavement, meaning your vehicle can easily drop right through the road</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Six inches of water is up to the floor pan of most cars</li> </ul> <ul> <li> In about 8-12 inches of water, it&rsquo;s easy for many vehicles to lose traction and steering control and begin to float</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Water that&rsquo;s actually flowing can wash even a heavy vehicle like a fire truck downstream before a driver can even react. 18-24 inches of water can easily wash a pickup truck or SUV away. After all, it&rsquo;s the equivalent of a couple of Olympic-size pools full of water flowing across that road every second.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Sometimes, though, there&rsquo;s no alternative &ndash; you have to get where you&rsquo;re going, and there are no other routes you can take that aren&rsquo;t covered with water. If you have to drive through high water, slow down &ndash; don&rsquo;t think that you&rsquo;ll be better off somehow if you drive through it at 30 mph. Creating a huge splash is also just inconsiderate to other drivers and any pedestrians unfortunate enough to be out in the rain.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It does not take very deep water at all to cause hydroplaning, with your tires losing contact with the road completely. If other vehicles are driving through the water, watch them; it&rsquo;ll give you an idea of how deep the water is and if there are any hazards hidden beneath the surface. Be watchful of debris or downed power lines in the area that you&rsquo;re trying to make your way through. And of course, this is also all much more treacherous at night.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> So, You Went Ahead and Drove Through It&hellip;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Against all advice and your better judgment, you went ahead and drove through water a foot deep. Here&rsquo;s a brief list of the things that can happen:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li> <strong>Your catalytic converter can crack.</strong> The catalytic converter is designed to operate at extremely high temperatures; when it comes in contact with cold water, the rapid contraction of the metal can be enough to physically crack the housing or the internal structures.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Water can make it into your wheel bearings. </strong>The bearings&rsquo; seals can allow water into the bearings, resulting in rust and pitting.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Water can infiltrate your automatic transmission.</strong> Transmissions are designed with a vent that allows pressure to escape. If the transmission ingests water through the vent, it will compromise the transmission fluid. The water-soluble glue that holds the clutches together can fail, rust can attach itself to bearings and other surfaces and you can soon be looking at a complete transmission rebuild.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Water can short the starter and make it into the universal joints and differential.&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Water can make it into your interior.</strong> If you&rsquo;re unlucky enough for water to make it into your vehicle&rsquo;s carpeting, chances are it will smell like a moldy bait shop for the rest of the time you own the vehicle&hellip;and it&rsquo;s likely to cause no end of electrical problems.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Water can wreck the engine.</strong> This is when the game&rsquo;s up, folks. All it can take is about a coffee cup full of water into the engine&rsquo;s air intake and the engine will &ldquo;hydrolock.&rdquo; Hydrolock is what occurs when water makes its way to the combustion chambers. The pistons can compress the normal fuel/air mixture, but they can&rsquo;t compress liquid, so what happens is the pistons come up in their stroke and mechanical failure occurs. Bent connecting rods, broken crankshafts, failed head gaskets and fractured blocks and heads are not uncommon, and at this point your engine is essentially scrap metal. With the high compression of diesel engines, they&rsquo;re even more susceptible to hydrolock. This is why it&rsquo;s so important to not drive through standing water fast enough to create a wave, which can easily be sucked into the air intake.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Again, we can&rsquo;t emphasize this enough &ndash; do not drive through water at all if you can keep from it, or at least water that&rsquo;s so deep that you can&rsquo;t see the ditches and the lines on the road. If you&rsquo;ve driven through standing water and suspect you might have some electrical or mechanical problems as a result, make an appointment with <a href="http://blackstire.com/contact">Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Services</a> soon so that we can have a look!</div> /blog/view/why-you-should-never-drive-through-water/feed0Black's Tire Service named MTD 2015 Tire Dealer of the Yearhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-service-named-mtd-2015-tire-dealer-of-the-yearhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-service-named-mtd-2015-tire-dealer-of-the-year#commentsFri, 18 Sep 2015 11:51:00 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-service-named-mtd-2015-tire-dealer-of-the-year<p> <img alt="" 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style="float: left;" /></p> <p align="center"> <strong><em>Modern Tire Dealer </em></strong><strong>names 23rd Tire Dealer of the Year</strong></p> <p align="center"> <em>Ricky Benton of Black&rsquo;s Tire Service Inc. wins the most coveted award for independent tire dealers</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> AKRON, Ohio (September 14, 2015) &mdash; Ricky Benton, owner and president of Black&rsquo;s Tire Service Inc., is the recipient of <em>Modern Tire Dealer</em> magazine&rsquo;s 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year Award.</p> <p> Benton was chosen to receive the industry&rsquo;s oldest and most prestigious award from more than 30,000 eligible independent tire dealers across North America.</p> <p> Black&rsquo;s Tire has grown significantly since Benton began working at the company&rsquo;s lone store in Whiteville, N.C., in 1981. The company&rsquo;s namesake, W. Crowell Black, hired Benton to help him expand the business. When Benton and his wife Dianne bought Black&rsquo;s Tire in 1996 there were eight stores. Today there are 36 retail and commercial outlets in North and South Carolina, plus a wholesale tire operation with four warehouses, a tire retread shop in Clarkton, N.C., an equipment distribution division and a successful racing business, Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises. Benton employs 525 people.</p> <p> Black&rsquo;s Tire is tied for 30th on the <em>Modern Tire Dealer</em> 100 list of top independent tire dealers in the U.S.</p> <p> &ldquo;Ricky is a hard-working man who cares about the future of the independent tire dealer,&rdquo; says Greg Smith, publisher of <em>Modern Tire Dealer</em>. &ldquo;He is incredibly successful and yet relentless in giving the credit for his success to the people in his organization. He takes care of his Black&rsquo;s Tire family, and they in turn take care of Black&rsquo;s Tire customers.&rdquo;</p> <p> A $10,500 donation from <em>Modern Tire Dealer</em> and the following participating suppliers will be made in Benton&rsquo;s name to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc.: Advance Auto Parts Inc.; Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc.; Alliance Tire Group; American Omni Trading Co.; Bartec USA LLC; Continental Tire the Americas LLC; Cooper Tire &amp; Rubber Co.; Dilmar Oil Co.; Double Coin Holdings Ltd.; Falken Tire Corp.; Federal Corp.; Goodyear Tire &amp; Rubber Co.; Hankook Tire America Corp.; Hunter Engineering Co.; Michelin North America Inc.; Mohawk Rubber Sales Inc.; NAPA Auto Parts; Specialty Tires of America Inc.; Titan International Inc.; Tube &amp; Solid Tire Ltd. and Wells Insurance.</p> <p> The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina serves neglected and abused children through a system of community-based and residential programs. The not-for-profit organization&rsquo;s office, school and residential campus are located near the Black&rsquo;s Tire headquarters, and the founder of Black&rsquo;s Tire served on the charity&rsquo;s inaugural board of directors. Gary Faircloth, CEO and president of the Boys and Girls Homes, says it has no greater partner than Benton and Black&rsquo;s Tire. &ldquo;The ambassadorship role that they play is invaluable.&rdquo;</p> <p> <em>Modern Tire Dealer</em>&rsquo;s Tire Dealer of the Year is the highest honor given to any independent tire dealer. Nominees are evaluated on their business success, marketing and management skills, industry knowledge and community involvement. Winners are chosen by a panel of five independent judges.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4615/MTD COVER.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 411px;" /></p> /blog/view/black-s-tire-service-named-mtd-2015-tire-dealer-of-the-year/feed0BLACK’S TIRE & AUTO SERVICE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT NETS RECORD $109,110 FOR BOYS AND GIRLS HOMES OF NChttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-auto-service-charity-golf-tournament-nets-record-109-110-for-boys-and-girls-homes-of-nchttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-auto-service-charity-golf-tournament-nets-record-109-110-for-boys-and-girls-homes-of-nc#commentsThu, 17 Sep 2015 11:51:00 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-auto-service-charity-golf-tournament-nets-record-109-110-for-boys-and-girls-homes-of-nc<p> <strong><img alt="" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/4616/BLACK’S TIRE &amp; AUTO SERVICE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT NETS RECORD $109,110 FOR BOYS AND GIRLS HOMES OF NC.jpg" style="width: 400px; float: left; height: 267px;" /></strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Pictured: Ryan Benton, Ricky Benton and Rick Benton Jr of Black&rsquo;s Tire, with Gary Faircloth (President/CEO) of Boys and Girls Homes of NC.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>BLACK&rsquo;S TIRE &amp; AUTO SERVICE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT NETS RECORD $109,110 FOR BOYS AND GIRLS HOMES OF NC</strong></p> <p> Locally owned Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service held its 16<sup>th</sup> Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Homes of NC. The tournament was held at Aberdeen Country Club in Longs, SC and brought teams from across the country together to raise money for the Homes.</p> <p> Black&rsquo;s Tire staff from their 30+ locations in North and South Carolina worked together to plan and execute the event. This year the tournament raised $109,110, bringing the total donated since the inception of the tournament to nearly $700,000.</p> <p> Ricky and Dianne Benton and their three sons own and operate Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, named 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year by Modern Tire Dealer. Because of the Benton family&rsquo;s tremendous passion for helping others, the Boys and Girls Homes of NC are better able to meet the needs of the children they serve.</p> <p> To learn more about the Boys &amp; Girls Home of NC, Inc., go to <a href="http://www.boysandgirlshomes.org">www.boysandgirlshomes.org</a>.</p> /blog/view/black-s-tire-auto-service-charity-golf-tournament-nets-record-109-110-for-boys-and-girls-homes-of-nc/feed0Apex, NC (store 39)http://blackstire.com/blog/view/apex-nc-store-39http://blackstire.com/blog/view/apex-nc-store-39#commentsFri, 10 Jul 2015 11:51:00 -0400outlawhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/apex-nc-store-39<p> I wanted wheels and tires for my 98 f-150 truck and was having trouble finding a set to fit my needs. Chad at the Apex location found me a great set of wheels and tires that fit my truck and made it stand out. Chad went out of his way to help me find what I needed and I appreciate it very much. The price was not too high and service was impecable. I would recommend Blacks Tire to anyone. My truck rides like a new one. Thanks Chad for all your help&hellip;.</p> <p> Mat C.</p> /blog/view/apex-nc-store-39/feed0