Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear Gig Harbor drivers say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's cars and trucks are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Gig Harbor motorists don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become. Fluids like, engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and miles march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories from AutoNetTV staff members ... read more

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Below 45 Degrees in Gig Harbor: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Gig Harbor drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for "all-season" radials. Washington drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever. Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the Gig Harbor area are much better designed for the wide range of dangerous conditions that come with Washington winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at Gig Harbor temperatures below 45°F, which reduces their traction. That's a key concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet Gig Harbor conditions. But it also means that Gig Harbor drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry. The tread design on winter tires has been imp ... read more

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