Steve’s Car Tip #3: Are Your Tires Safe?

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Tires.  What would we do without them for our transportation needs?  But, many people seem to not pay enough attention to them, which could be a safety hazard.  So, what should we be looking for when we look at our own tires?

Steve, owner of Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service, says, “In addition to looking at the inflation of tires, look for low-tread or cracking between the tread blocks.”

So, how do you know that your tread is low?

He says, “You need to have at a minimum 3/32 of an inch of tread.”

Anything else that we should be looking for?

Steve says, “Also, you should look for cuts, scrapes or abrasions on the side walls.”

If you are needing some tires, Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service  has a good supply of new or used tires to fit anyone’s price range.  But, whereever you are…don’t neglect your safety and invest in some new tires if you see any of these signs.

Steve’s Car Tip #2: What To Do Before That Long Road Trip?

What to do before that long road trip?

Steve says:   “Most definitely, an oil change at a good reputable shop where a real, professional mechanic is.  You need a shop where they look your entire car over.  Also, don’t go to specialty shops like a tire, brake or auto body shop.  It’s far better to go to a good, general mechanic shop.”

What will they check? 

Steve says:  “They will give a good, thorough check of your vehicle.  A quality shop would be able to check hundreds of things at “nearly a glance” that a specialty shop wouldn’t.”

What kind of certification should the shop have?

Steve says:  “Look for an ASE-certified shop (stands for Automotive Service Excellence).  This certification is issued by the Society of Automotive Engineers.”

If you are at or near the Lake of the Ozarks, call or stop by Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service for excellent, expert service at fair prices.

Steve’s Car Tip #1: Are Your Windshield Wipers Safe?

With all the rainy weather we’ve been having this spring (and more on the way) it’s good safety sense to have your windshield wipers in tiptop shape.  It’s a fact that 90% of driving decisions are based on vision.  When the rain is pelting the windshield and visability is impaired, you are at an increased risk for an accident.  Don’t risk your safety or that of others, check your windshield wipers before setting out or have an expert mechanic assess them.  If at or near the Lake of the Ozarks, Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service will happily help.  Call or stop by (573) 302-4555.

Windshield wiper facts:

  • It’s recommended that wiper blades are changed once every year
  • One in five vehicles have deficient wiper blades
  • Drivers will often wait years to replace wiper blades that wore out after 6 – 12 months of use
  • If you use your washer solvent and the blades streak or chatter, it may be time for new blades
  • It may not be a problem with the blades, but could be the wiper arms with a problem

What will we do to help?

After assessing the exact problem, we will know if the solution lies in simply replacing the blades.  Or, the correct thing to do may be to fix the arm…it could be as simple as straightening it.  It is best to get expert advice and (most important) to not neglect your wipers.

Happy and Safe Driving!

Steve Gerbig

Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service