Blacks Tire and Auto Service Blog recent posts.Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:49:47 -0400en-ushourly1Getting the Most Miles Out Of Your Brakes, 14 Mar 2016 09:49:47 -0400TCS<p> There&rsquo;s a considerable variance in quality when it comes to aftermarket brake pads. According to the friction material used, aftermarket brake pads might last <img alt="Brake Repair in Raleigh NC" src="" style="width: 259px; height: 194px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />anywhere from 40-60,000 miles. There are things you can do in your everyday driving habits, though, to extend the life of your vehicle&rsquo;s brakes.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Plan ahead: </strong>You may remember in Driver&rsquo;s Ed class when they told you to get the Big Picture, alternating your attention between the cars directly ahead of you and a spot &frac14; mile down the road. By doing so, you can anticipate other drivers&rsquo; moves and spot when a light is starting to turn. While many streets have lights that are synchronized for a certain speed, many don&rsquo;t&hellip;but with some practice, you can calculate when to let off the gas and just coast up to a red light as it&rsquo;s turning green again. This not only helps you avoid braking at all, but can use less gas &ndash; it takes a lot more fuel to get the mass of an automobile moving from a dead stop, than from 15 mph back up to speed.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Use the right driving habits in the hills:</strong> If you&rsquo;re driving through mountains or steep hills, don&rsquo;t ride the brakes to control your speed on the downgrades. Riding the brakes can result in overheated, worn brakes by the time you get onto level ground again. Instead, drop the transmission into a lower gear, or just turn off the automatic transmission&rsquo;s Overdrive gear. The engine&rsquo;s RPMs will go up, but the engine compression and the lower gear ratio will keep the vehicle&rsquo;s speed down.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Don&rsquo;t tailgate:</strong> Back to Driver&rsquo;s Ed again! At highway speeds, you should use the three-second rule. When the vehicle in front of you passes an object, spot in the road or anything else, count three seconds before your car reaches it. It&rsquo;s not only safer to follow at a respectable distance, it&rsquo;s a lot better for your brakes.</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Don&rsquo;t speed:</strong> The faster your car&rsquo;s going on the highway, the more effort it takes to bring it to a stop. The vehicle&rsquo;s momentum really starts to increase for every 10 mph you are driving over the speed limit!</p> <p> Anticipate turns, stop signs or any other times you need to use the brakes and let off the gas pedal to slow down gradually, rather than waiting until the last minute and stabbing the brake pedal.</p> <p> These are all common-sense suggestions, but many drivers find their habits hard to break (no pun intended). If you&rsquo;re starting to notice<a href=""> problems</a> like vibration, shimmy, skidding or noise while braking, give us a call and <a href="">make an appointment </a>at Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Raleigh, NC and let us inspect your car&rsquo;s brakes. Don&rsquo;t put it off &ndash; it won&rsquo;t get better on its own, and will only cost you more money if you let it go!</p> /blog/view/getting-the-most-miles-out-of-your-brakes/feed0CV Joints: What Are They?, 29 Feb 2016 11:29:16 -0500TCS<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=""><img alt="Auto Repair in Raleigh NC" src="" 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=""> appointment </a>with Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service in Raleigh, NC and let our techs have a look!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/cv-joints-what-are-they/feed0Conventional Motor Oil Vs. Synthetic: The Jury Is In, 25 Feb 2016 11:18:08 -0500TCS<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="" 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="">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=""> 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 Daytona, 22 Feb 2016 10:40:34 -0500Justin<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="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px;" /><img alt="" src="" 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 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;</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</p> /blog/view/kligerman-pilots-rbr-enterprises-to-3rd-place-finish-at-daytona/feed0Don’t Let Auto Repair Problems Ruin Christmas!, 01 Dec 2015 12:44:00 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Auto Repair in Whiteville, NC" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; float: right; margin: 5px;" />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:&nbsp;</div> <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="">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="">Make an appointment</a> with us and let us make sure your vehicle&rsquo;s up to the task of holiday driving!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/don-t-let-auto-repair-problems-ruin-christmas/feed0 Black's Tire Service receives 2015 Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award, 04 Nov 2015 10:46:31 -0500Justin<p> <img alt="" src=" (2).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 190px;" /></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(77, 77, 77); font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(242, 242, 242);">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. <span style="color: rgb(77, 77, 77); font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(242, 242, 242);">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. <span style="color: rgb(77, 77, 77); font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(242, 242, 242);">&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></span></span></span></p> <p> <img alt="" src=" (2).JPG" style="width: 374px; height: 190px;" /></p> /blog/view/2015-tire-business-tire-dealer-humanitarian-award/feed0Winter’s Coming – Are Your Tires Ready?, 03 Nov 2015 08:38:27 -0500TCS<div> <img alt="Tires in Raleigh, NC" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />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?&nbsp;</div> <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="">tires</a>. Give us a call and <a href="">make an appointment</a> with <a href="">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 Water, 12 Oct 2015 13:41:41 -0400TCS<div> <img alt="auto repair in Raleigh, NC" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />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;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are SO many reasons to not drive through high water:&nbsp;</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,<a href=""> make an appointment</a> with <a href="">Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Services</a> soon so that we can have a look!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/why-you-should-never-drive-through-water/feed0Black's Tire Service named MTD 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year, 18 Sep 2015 11:43:00 -0400Justin<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=" 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 NC, 17 Sep 2015 20:36:00 -0400Justin<p> <strong><img alt="" src="" 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=""></a>.</p>/blog/view/black-s-tire-auto-service-charity-golf-tournament-nets-record-109-110-for-boys-and-girls-homes-of-nc/feed0Oil Changes in Raleigh, NC, 02 Jun 2015 08:54:32 -0400TCS<p> <strong>Why does everyone say oil changes are so important?</strong></p> <p> At Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, we do a lot of oil changes in Raleigh, NC. But what makes them so important?</p> <p> An internal combustion engine is built to precise specifications, meaning that all the moving parts inside are put together very tightly. To avoid damage and reduce friction-<img alt="Oil Change &amp; Auto Repair in Raleigh, NC" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />related heat, this very complex machine has to stay well-lubricated with quality motor oil, meaning regular oil changes in Raleigh, NC.</p> <p> Motor oils have come a long way in the last 20 years, and even conventional, mineral-based oil now contains detergents and additives that help it last longer and do a better job. Any oil, however, will break down over time; the combustion process generates soot, chemicals, carbon and other byproducts that make their way into oil. In addition, oil that&rsquo;s been heated up too many times loses its slipperiness and lubricating properties.</p> <p> The paper element in the oil filter traps these contaminants as they circulate through the engine, but once the filter is saturated with particles, motor oil will leave sludge and deposits on moving parts, accelerating engine wear.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>So how often should I get my oil changed?</strong></p> <p> For decades, the rule of thumb for conventional, mineral-based oil has been 3,000-5,000 miles between oil changes in Raleigh, NC. Newer synthetic formulations have great lubricating properties and can often go 10,000-12,000 miles between oil changes (check manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations). That&rsquo;s why many carmakers now recommend full-synthetic motor oils for their new vehicles.</p> <p> At Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, we know that everyone has a full schedule and it can be tough to carve out time for an oil change in Raleigh, NC. That&rsquo;s why we keep tight turnaround times so that you can get your oil change finished and go on about your business. Why not give us a call today and <a href="">schedule an appointment</a> for an oil change or other <a href="">auto repair service</a> in Raleigh, NC with Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service?</p> /blog/view/oil-changes-in-raleigh-nc/feed0Improve Vehicle Safety with Brake Repair, 01 Sep 2014 16:32:43 -0400TCS<p> <img alt="brake repair raleigh nc " src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Holding utmost significance as one of the most important vehicle safety features, properly functioning brakes are necessary to both vehicle operation and dependability. Responsible for all slowing down and stopping motions, brake repair should never be ignored or overlooked. Servicing customers for over 85 years, Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC encourages drivers to participate in regular brake repairs and inspections per driving practices. Recognizing the importance of brake repair to vehicle safety, driving with improper brakes could at best cause vehicle immobility, although at worst a potentially avoidable accident.</p> <p> The greater majority of non-commercial vehicles operate using a brake system called &ldquo;friction braking&rdquo;. This system involves heat storage in a rotating part, either a drum or disc that releases air gradually after storage post brake application. Disc braking is most commonly used in passenger vehicles, which involves stopping or slowing via wheel rotation.</p> <p> Understanding the complexities of brake system operations and brake repairs should never be taken lightly, thus Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC never suggests brake repair without the consultation and direction of their knowledgeable technicians. Schedule an <a href="">appointment</a> today to experience the superior <a href="">brake repair</a> and unmatched customer service of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service. Sustaining vehicle excellence since 1929, technicians consider driver safety in the Raleigh, NC area to be of top priority and work diligently to ensure the safety of customers and unyielding quality of brake repairs. Never travel the road alone with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/improve-vehicle-safety-with-brake-repair/feed0Dangers of Skipping an Oil Change, 01 Aug 2014 14:52:00 -0400TCS<p> <img alt="oil change raleigh nc" src="" style="width: 240px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />If an engine is the heart of a vehicle, consider the oil to be the blood. Thus, understanding the importance of routine auto repair such as oil changes can both improve vehicle drivability and lengthen longevity of life. Scheduling an oil change around every 3,000 miles should be more than a routine errand, but instead an investment in the future of your vehicle. Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC works diligently to ensure the vehicle safety of all drivers, finding small auto repairs such as oil changes to be the most significant throughout the life of a vehicle.</p> <p> Participating in regularly scheduled oil changes is necessary to maintain proper engine operations and ensure all preventative measures are taken for vehicle safety. Consequently, as regular engine operations progress and oil ages, debris is collected and dirty oil is continuously pulled through the engine gradually becoming more harmful to the engine.</p> <p> Stabilizing engine lubrication, oil works to transfer heat away from the engine. Ensuring the mobility of all engine parts, clean oil proficiently maintains engine processes while keeping temperatures at safe temperatures. Oil changes are imperative to engine use, as dirty oil will cause internal parts to stick together and ultimately cause unwanted repairs and potential engine failure.</p> <p> Investing minimal effort and finances into a vehicle about every 3,000 miles by maintaining regular oil changes will improve both engine safety and vehicle life. <a href="">Schedule</a> an oil change with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC for excellence in <a href="">tires</a> and <a href="">auto repair</a> coupled with unparalleled customer service. Serving the Raleigh, NC area as the premier tire retailer and oil change specialist since 1929, Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service welcomes customers to experience the difference of over 85 years of trusted workmanship.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/dangers-of-skipping-an-oil-change/feed0Tire Safety and Tips, 09 Jul 2014 15:22:06 -0400TCS<p class="MsoNormal"> <img alt="raleigh nc tires" src=" nc tires.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Sustaining a vehicle at safe, road-ready conditions involves many components of maintenance and auto repair. Amidst the check-ups and scheduled servicing, vehicle owners easily forget one of the most important safety features of any vehicle- the tires. Consider these helpful tips coupled with the specialized advice and workmanship of Blacks Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC to keeping your vehicle&rsquo;s tires in optimal condition. Prepare any vehicle for the surprises of road wear and driving with proper tire maintenance and repairs. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Serving Raleigh, NC since 1929 with the highest quality in name brand tires, Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service knows the best way to maintain a healthy set of tires is through preventative maintenance and customer care. In order to provide top performance and motility for any vehicle&rsquo;s tires begin with tire pressure. While this tip might seem obvious, according to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Association 1 in 4 drivers do not have proper tire pressure in their tires. This result contributes to over 200 traffic casualties per year caused by improperly maintained tires.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Tires are estimated to lose nearly 1 psi (pound per square inch) per month, dramatically decreasing steering-power and vehicle control over time if left unattended. Inspect tires externally for cracks or other trauma and never drive without the valve cap secured tightly on the air valve. Consult the specialized technicians of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC if tires appear to be wearing unevenly or need servicing. Staying aware of tire conditions is the most important tool for sustaining safe tires. Experience the difference over 85 years of experience in <a href="">auto repair</a> and <a href="">tires</a> can provide any vehicle by scheduling an <a href="">appointment</a> with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> /blog/view/tire-safety-and-tips/feed0Auto Repair for the Long Run, 05 Jun 2014 14:19:02 -0400TCS<p> <img alt="auto repair fayetteville" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" /><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 15.600001335144043px; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">by: Willie Whitewall</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Often when we purchase a car we become incredibly preoccupied by external features- color, price, make and model. However, one extremely important aspect to consider is how much the maintaince of a car will cost. It&rsquo;s easy to look at the car payment and insurance as the only costs that go into a new vehicle; however, this could not be any further from the truth. It is estimated that over four percent of the total investment put into a vehicle is on <a href="">auto repair</a> and maintenance over the lifetime of a vehicle.</p> <p> While four percent seems hardly relevant, the average American will spend over $3,300 on auto repair per year, making that measly four percent seem not as small. The best way to help minimize this number is to participate in regular oil changes and filter replacement. The average American only spends $120 annually on minor auto repairs such as these making the larger ones much fewer and far between. &nbsp;</p> <p> Let the trained professions of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service help you to maintain regular auto repair in the Fayetteville, NC area. With over eighty years of experience in quality auto repair and <a href="">tires</a>, find out why their loyal customers trust no other auto repair technicians in Fayetteville, NC. Keeping up with auto repair can be expensive and time consuming, but Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Services works tirelessly to ensure you receive the best value in auto care for the lowest price in the most timely manner possible. Schedule an appointment online today and see the difference nearly a century of experience in auto repair can provide any vehicle owner with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Fayetteville, NC.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/auto-repair-for-the-long-run/feed0Warning Signs You Need New Tires, 05 Jun 2014 10:41:48 -0400TCS<p> <img alt="tires raleigh nc " src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 15.600001335144043px; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">by: Willie Whitewall</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Much like your feet become sore after a long walk,<a href=""> tires</a> are gradually worn down over time and with extensive use. This gradual progression is in no way the fault of the driver or indication of driving skills, as all tires eventually wear away with use and should be replaced. Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service of Raleigh, NC is eager to help customers find the best fit tires for any vehicle and become educated on tips to know when their tires should be serviced or replaced. Having correctly maintained tires is the best safety feature any vehicle owner can provide themselves and their passengers.</p> <p> The most prominent exterior indication that you should consider purchasing new tires is tread depth. If the tread of your tires falls below 1/16 of an inch, contact Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service immediately. Another simple notification to see when you might need new tires is the tread wear indication bar. This feature is available in newer tires and becomes more visible as treads wear down allowing the owner to know when replacement is needed.</p> <p> Worn down the tread on your tires is not the only sign that you need to be in the market for a new set of tires. Be cautious of cracks on the sidewall of the tire as these cracks can grow slowly over time and become very dangerous. Bulges and blisters on the tire can also greatly decrease the life and safety of your tires, increasing the chance of a blowout and a potential wreck. Never ignore the signs above as these are simple problems that can be easily fixed. However, if left unattended can become a much larger problem. Consult the expert technicians of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC or any of their other 32 convenient locations. Experience the performance and maneuverability of top quality tires and <a href="">auto repair</a> at reasonable prices from the trusted mechanics of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/warning-signs-you-need-new-tires/feed0Ricky Benton of Black's Tire & Auto Service Named 2014 Dealer of the Year, 14 Apr 2014 14:21:46 -0400TCS<p> <img alt="Black's Tire &amp; Auto Service" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 170px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <p> This press release recently went out about Black&#39;s Tire &amp; Auto Service:</p> <p class="releaseDateline"> Whiteville, NC (PRWEB) April 11, 2014</p> <p class="releaseDateline"> by: Willie Whitewall</p> <p> Ricky Benton, owner of Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, was named the 2014 Dealer of the Year by the North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA)</p> <p> NCTDA President Richard Leicht presented the award to Benton on Friday, March 28th during the NCTDA&rsquo;s Annual Trade Show and Expo in Raleigh, NC. Benton was introduced by his son Ryan Benton, a past NCTDA President.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is an honor to be given such a prestigious award, and I wouldn&rsquo;t be here today without the great group of people we work with every day. They are my family and friends, not just my colleagues&rdquo;, Benton said as he accepted the award.</p> <div> <p> Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service is celebrating their 85th year in business this year. Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p> About Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service:<br /> Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, was formed in 1929 as Black&rsquo;s Service Station by W. Crowell Black in Whiteville, NC. With W. Crowell Black at the helm, Black&rsquo;s Service Station was a vital tire and vehicle service center in Whiteville and southeastern North Carolina. In 1976, Ricky Benton and his wife Dianne opened a gas station/garage in the Cerro Gordo, NC community. Ricky continued to operate this business until 1981, when he began working with Black&rsquo;s Tire&nbsp;</p> <p> Service in Whiteville. Ricky continued working at Black&rsquo;s Tire, expanding the business into multiple locations (that include 34 retail stores, 3 warehouse/distribution centers, a retread center, BTS Academy &ndash; the corporate training center, and corporate headquarters). Later, Benton purchased Black&rsquo;s Tire from Crowell Black but continued to operate it under the Black&rsquo;s Tire name out of respect for the Black family. Ricky and Dianne are very involved in the daily operations of the company as are their sons Rick, Ryan, and Jeremy. Today the company operates under the division names Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, BTS Commercial, BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors, and Carolina Retread.</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> is powered by TCS Technologies. TCS Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, develops and markets both off-the-shelf and custom tire software solutions, web applications, ecommerce platforms, and support and consulting services to tire companies across the US and Canad</p> <p> a. TCS Technologies has built a product base, which continues to prove itself as a revenue increasing, business streamlining asset to any size tire business. TCS Technologies has tools unmatched in the industry and customization within each of its products to cater to the way tire dealers and retreaders do business. TCS Technologies&rsquo; home office is located outside Nashville, TN with a second location in Salt Lake City, UT.</p> </div> /blog/view/ricky-benton-of-black-s-tire-auto-service-named-2014-dealer-of-the-year/feed0Black's Got Your Back!, 02 Mar 2014 12:55:30 -0500brian<p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><img alt="auto repair columbus county nc" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />&quot;A big thank you to NCSHP Cumberland County Trooper Anthony Godwin for helping me get my tire situated &amp; waiting with me until Mama &amp; Daddy got there. His presence made me feel so much safer sitting on the side of 95. Also thank you to Black&#39;s Tire for looking out for us!! Columbus County ties run deep and it&#39;s so nice knowing people!! The Good Lord definitely had his hands in it and looking out for me! Black&#39;s definitely had my back thank you Keith Nobles &amp; The serviceman Mike!!&quot; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Brooke Andrews</span></p> /blog/view/black-s-got-your-back/feed0Winner of the Duke vs. UNC tickets, 10 Feb 2014 16:40:37 -0500brian<p> Congrats to&nbsp;Joey &amp; Beth&nbsp;Clewis for winning the Duke vs. UNC tickets today! Thanks to everyone that participated in our feedback survey.</p> /blog/view/winner-of-the-duke-vs-unc-tickets/feed0Now Offering Instant Out the Door Pricing, 01 Dec 2013 09:11:26 -0500TCS<p> Black&rsquo;s Tire has announced new instant out the door pricing- a new way to save by shopping for tires as a complete package, with no hidden costs or fees!</p> <p> by: Willie Whitewall</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> RALEIGH, NC- Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service has over 30 locations specializing in high-quality tires, tire repair, and auto maintenance. Now customers shopping for tires have more options to get instant quotes and see the real cost of their tires, taking out all of the guesswork and hidden fees! Black&rsquo;s has an easy to use, customer friendly website that makes shopping for tires online a breeze allowing customers to compare specifications, and view deals and special rebates, with just a few clicks of their mouse. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The online experience of shopping for tires has always been problematic because customers cannot see their total cost of their tires. Searching for and choosing tires has only allowed buyers to choose a tire at the best price for them, but leaves out the essential costs of getting their new tires installed. With Black&rsquo;s new Instant Out The Door Pricing system, that guesswork has now been removed! Online shoppers can choose the best tire for their needs with an extensive online selection, then choose to include the installation service quote. This quote includes installation and any fees associated with their new tires, such as recycling fees. The quote is emailed to the tire buyer as well as their local Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service with a detailed breakdown of the services. Now customers who buy their tires online will know from start to finish what their new tires PLUS installation will come out to be. This is the best way to simplify the tire buying process, and help buyers compare prices, without ever leaving home!</p> <p> Locally owned and operated Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service Black&rsquo;s offers unbeatable deals on top name brand tires from Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Cooper, Goodyear, Hankook, Falken and more. Online shopping for tires has never been easier where customers can search the large inventory of tires online before they buy, with search options by vehicle, brand, or specials. Black&rsquo;s state of the art website also offers printable coupons, car maintenance news, current specials, and access to ask questions or schedule appointments with the closest Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service center. To request an instant quote, with out the door pricing log on to Black&rsquo;s website at</p> <p> About Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service: Locally owned and operated since 1929, Black&rsquo;s Tire Service is located in Whiteville, NC, with over 30 locations including a central distribution center, a wholesale center and retail and commercial locations. W Crowell Black founded his small family business that for over 80 years has grown as a leader in giving back to the community through charitable events and sponsorships. They are located throughout Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina to serve the tire and vehicle needs of its customers. Black&rsquo;s has your back!</p> /blog/view/now-offering-instant-out-the-door-pricing/feed0