Archive for the ‘Tires and Wheels’ Category
Eric was recently interviewed on WZZM 13 here in Grand Rapids about making sure a vehicle is ready for fall and the winter months.
Main points of the interview:
Get your vehicle a safety inspection ASAP. The reason Eric urges you to do this right away is in case there is a list of safety items that needs to be addressed. We can help you prioritize the repairs needed and by the time snow starts falling you can be ready to go!
- Tires. They are the number one item to keep your car or truck on the road. Reliable tires are necessary to make sure you can safely stop, especially in inclement weather.
- Check the coolant (along with other fluids). Certainly we don’t want any engine to ever freeze. It is going to get really cold. Most engines will go through the summer months with no problem, even with inadequate anti-freeze protection but, as soon as the winter and cold weather gets here, that is when you are going to see an issue if that has been neglected.
- Check the battery to make sure it is in good shape. Batteries have a lot more stress on them when the temperature drops.
- Replace windshield wipers to make sure visibility isn’t compromised.
- Check heating system, to make it is performing well enough to keep drivers comfortable and defrost windows.
- Check brakes, to make sure they are in safe working order.
- Check and replace, if needed, exterior and brake lights to make sure other drivers can see you and you can see where you are going
If you have questions about the safety of your vehicle, give us a call! We’re happy to make sure you and your family safe on the road this fall and winter. At Ervine’s and Grand Rapids Hybrid we have free loaner cars help ease the inconvenience of being without your vehicle while repairs are made. 616-532-6600
A lot of people get custom wheels in Grand Rapids. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you’re not careful. Sometimes, once they’re mounted, they just don’t fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don’t want that.
Consulting your Ervine’s Auto Repair tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he’ll ask you a series of questions about your Grand Rapids driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub.
If you don’t want to make any modifications to your sedan, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some Grand Rapids people like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift.
Also, most Grand Rapids drivers don’t realize that you need to keep the rolling diameter of your new tires – that’s, like the overall height of the tire – very close to what came from the factory in order for your sedan anti-lock brakes and stability control systems to work properly.
The computers that control these systems are calibrated to a certain size tire. When you go bigger or smaller, the computer doesn’t know what changes you made so it can’t tell how fast you’re going. This, of course, means it sends commands to the brakes and traction control that are based on the wrong speed. If you go with a different rolling diameter, your sedan engine control computer can be reprogrammed for the new tire size.
Either way, there are hundreds of wheel and tire choices to choose from in Michigan. You can pick the style of wheel you want and then talk with your honest and efficient Ervine’s Auto Repair tire professional about how big the wheel should be – and how to select the right tire for your sedan. Your Ervine’s Auto Repair service advisor will help you find the best tire to meet your style, performance, ride and handling needs in Grand Rapids.
Repair or Replace? That’s a question Grand Rapids motorists ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch are considered too large to be safely corrected. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired.
Run flat tires should not be fixed. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your honest and efficient Ervine’s Auto Repair service advisor can inspect your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely fixed or if it should be replaced – and then help you get back on the road.
Give us a call
Ervine’s Auto Repair
4311 Stafford SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548
Now through the end of October, Napa is offering Buy 3 Get 1 Free on Shocks and Struts. Give us a call at 616-532-6600 or Schedule an Appointment today.
Let’s talk shocks and struts.
Shock absorbers and struts last a long time and wear out pretty slowly for most vehicles, because of this the decrease in quality and performance isn’t easily noticed. They’re easy to take for granted, but your shocks and struts do a very important job so you need to pay attention to them! They keep your tires firmly in contact with the road, your tires are what connect your vehicle to the road and allow you to safely handle your car through turns, over bumps and even stop in time.
When shocks and struts are worn, tires bounce excessively over our many bumps on the road in Grand Rapids, MI. Your vehicle will wallow through corners; the front-end will dive when you stop; and the rear-end will squat when you accelerate. All this hurts your ability to control your vehicle. This all makes your ride less comfortable. More importantly, in the event of an emergency maneuver, your vehicle cannot respond as quickly or predictably.
Worn shocks or struts cause excessive tire wear so you’ll have to replace your tires sooner than you thought. Worn shocks and struts also stress other suspension and steering parts, causing them to wear prematurely. Struts are actually a major structural component of the suspension system; there’s a lot riding on them. Most of us replace our vehicles based on various factors, one main factor is the quality of the ride. If your vehicle rode like it did when it was new, you would probably keep it longer. This means that replacing struts could save you money.
When it’s time for new shocks or struts, Ervine’s Auto Repair has you covered. Our master technicians can give you back the ride and handling of a new vehicle.
Master technicians recommend replacing all four shocks at the same time so that handling is even at each wheel.
If you need new shocks or struts in Grand Rapids, MI, let us help you take care of this important safety service. You’ll feel better, and you’ll save money on tires and other suspension repairs down the road.
Chelsea Vives: Awesome service!! They were extremely helpful and friendly! I loved how they were accommodating to the customers and being very organized with after hours drop-offs and pick-ups. They were also very quick with fixing my car which was great.
Andy Krafft: Ervine's has provided great service for me throughout my college years! They do their best to make time for customers and understand the importance and value in quality service. Would definitely recommend!
Erin O'Brien-Jenison: The staff is very friendly. The technicians take the time to explain repairs in detail. The loaner car service is very convenient for my family. Each of my experiences with Ervine's has been very positive.
Jamie Riehle: My car needed a lot of work and being relatively new to the area, I had to rely on online reviews. Ervine's got great feedback, so I made an appointment through their website. I was contacted almost immediately and scheduled very quickly. The repairs took a few days, but with the free loaner it was no big deal. They explained everything to me, helped me prioritize which repairs to do first, and Jamie even entertained my 5-year-old while I spent 10 minutes on the phone with my bank to get my payment to go through. I may have been able to find someplace a little cheaper, but you can't pay for the excellent customer service at Ervine's. The lobby is clean, has fresh coffee, and is very professional. As a woman I've been intimidated going into car shops but I never felt that way at Ervine's. I'll definitely be returning.
Kaitlin McDowell: I had a great experience at Ervine's. I know very little about my car beyond turning it on, so I was relieved when the staff were willing to spend extra time explaining to me exactly what is going on and helping me to be an informed consumer. I also appreciated that they are not trying to sell something-- I did not actually need the repair that the dealership had told me to IMMEDIATELY deal with, and the folks at Ervine's were willing to tell me that when they could have made a buck doing the repair. The visit was so painless I even got to run errands while I was waiting using one of their fabulous loaner cars. Thank you so much!