3 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip a Tire Rotation
Unless you’re totally, completely obsessed with everything cars (like us over here at Sun Tire), the tread depth of your tires probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But you know what? Tire maintenance isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Despite the name, tire rotation is not actually spinning a tire. It’s a process of swapping the tires front to back or diagonally. Many people skip their rotations because it doesn’t seem very important or they don’t realize how crucial they are. We put together just a few reasons you should never skip a rotation. . .
Written on Friday, January 5, 2018 by Nicole
Quick Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle Especially for Those Trips Up North!
With the holiday season approaching, it’s a wonderful time to gather around with family and friends. If you’re traveling to see them, we want to make sure your vehicle is properly prepared. Road trips consisting of stop-and-go traffic result in overworked brakes and a tired engine. Here are few things you can do to keep your car’s winter wear to a minimum:
If your car battery is a couple of years old, it’s crucial to check it before leaving. Check for any sign of corrosion and ensure the leads are tight. Corrosion on your battery would appear chalky white or blue around the leads. It can be removed with a wire cable brush. . .
Written on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Nicole
4 Safety Checks Before Your Holiday Road Trip
With the holiday season coming up, it’s a wonderful time to gather around with family and friends. And sometimes that means taking a road trip! When it comes to visiting faraway loved ones, the last thing you want to worry about is if your car will make it to the party. So, we’ve put together a list of what you need to check on in your vehicle to make sure you have a safe holiday road trip!
Are your vehicle’s tires ready to take on the open road no matter what the weather looks like? Before you go on your trip, make sure you have the right tires for the area you’re going to be traveling to. . .
Written on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Nicole
Light Truck vs. Rugged Truck Tires: Which Do You Need?
There’s plenty of factors to consider when buying new tires, but have you considered how yours affect your vehicle? Are your tires fit for your type of vehicle? It’s important to know if the tires on your vehicle are well suited for it. Light truck and rugged truck tires are very different and it’s crucial to take into consideration. Don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you. . .
Written on Friday, October 20, 2017 by Nicole
Which Should You Choose: Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Tires
When you’re deciding on your next set of tires there are plenty of factors to consider like tread size, wheels and price. But, have you considered which tread type you should choose? When it comes to symmetric and asymmetric tires, how your drive feels could truly change. So, we went ahead and compared the two choices to make your decision a little easier.
The real distinction between both tread types comes down to the pattern. Symmetric tread patterns are the same on both the inner and outer halves. Asymmetric tread patterns offer different tread patterns on both halves of the tire. . .
Written on Friday, September 8, 2017 by Nicole
How Your Tires Could Drain Your Fuel Economy
Every great road trip has some twists and turns. With each new bend, you gained lasting memories and stories you’ll love to tell. With summer road trips winding down and your kids headed back to school, how did your fuel economy hold up?
It may not happen overnight, but it seems like every time you look at your gas mileage, it’s only getting worse. Like any issue with your vehicle, it could be suffering from different reasons. But, you want make sure your tires are not the culprit. Avoid these common tire issues to get the best fuel economy from your vehicle. . .
Written on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Nicole
How a Long, Hot Summer Affects Your Tires
Living in Florida means soaking up the sun all year long. You’re not the only one living through the intense heat; your tires are feeling the burn, too. As you head to the beach for a day of relaxing, how will a smoldering hot summer affect your tires?
Florida’s continuous heat can create numerous safety problems when it comes to your tires. Heat accelerates the breakdown of rubber, which affects traction, steering and braking ability. Avoid these common problems by checking your tires once a month. . .
Written on Monday, June 12, 2017 by Nicole
Get Road Trip Ready!
School’s out, the weather is perfect and you have enough vacation days saved up for a trip or two...what could go wrong? Whether you and your family are simply heading across town for a Memorial Day party or you plan on seeing the country on four wheels, your vehicle needs to be able to keep up with your busy agenda. May through September are packed with parties, holidays and vacations, and it’s our job at Sun Tire to make sure your car is road ready. Before the busy season arrives, make sure these parts of your car are operating properly . . .
Written on Monday, April 24, 2017 by Nicole
The Many Pros of Preventative Maintenance
The Many Pros of Preventative Maintenance
We’re pretty sure you don’t want to spend your weekends taking your car in for maintenance, and Sun Tire has a few tricks up our sleeve to keep you out of the auto shop and back home enjoying your time off. Wanna know the single, most proven way...
Written on Friday, March 17, 2017 by Nicole
Why it’s Unsafe to Ride on Worn Tires
Unless you’re totally, completely obsessed with everything cars (like us over here at Sun Tire), the tread depth of your tires probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But you know what? Tire maintenance isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Worn and underinflated tires severely increase your chances of getting in a car accident next time you’re headed to work or dropping the kids off at school, and it’s Sun Tire’s mission to keep you safe and prevent you from becoming another statistic. . .
Written on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Nicole
Aftermarket Services to Suit Anyone’s Needs
From lift kits to improve the appearance of your truck to run-of-the-mill wiper blades, aftermarket parts can be a smart choice for your car. Whether you decide to pay the premium for original parts from the manufacturer or opt to choose from a large variety of less expensive aftermarket parts all comes down to the quality of the repair shop. When you choose Sun Tire for your aftermarket services, you’ll have a peace of mind in the exceptional quality of the parts we use, the expert team we have and the price tag on the installation.
Lift Kits: If you want a customized vehicle, a suspension lift kit is an easy way to make a statement. Not only will heads turn at your newly lifted truck, but now you’re off-road ready! Higher-profile durable tires can handle any terrain you throw their way, so lift kits with heavy-duty tires are the way to go if you’re looking for adventure. . .
Written on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Nicole
Seasonal Car Maintenance Check
It’s the best time of the year, but it’s also the busiest! More cars on the road means more accidents, and we want to help you avoid that. Before you head out for some Christmas shopping, make sure your car is ready for the cold weather and stop-and-go traffic:
• No time for old oil: Old, contaminated oil will leave your car helpless. Sludgy oil makes it more difficult for your engine to turn over, especially in the cold temperatures.
• Check your battery: There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a broken down car during the winter! If you notice a strange sound from the motor when you start your car, it’s time for a tune-up. . .
Written on Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Nicole
4 Tips to Ensure Your Car is Ready for the Holidays
Fall is much more than cold weather and football, it also marks the beginning of road trip season (Thanksgiving is right around the corner)! Whether you’re headed to the mountains for some skiing or visiting the inlaws, your car needs to be ready to hit the road. Taking a road trip without getting your car serviced first will never end well. Here are some really important things to consider before putting on miles this holiday season:
1. Check the Fluids: Make sure there’s enough to get you where you need to go. If you don’t, calling a tow truck could be in your near future. . .
Written on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Nicole
How to Avoid Common Car Problems
Cars today can run longer than ever, have mind-blowing technology and look sleeker than we could’ve ever imagined. But if you don’t keep up with essential maintenance, all of those perks are useless. Here are a few common car care mistakes to help avoid a broken down vehicle and expensive repairs. Already having issues with your car? Schedule an appointment today!
Don’t Ignore the “Check Engine” Light
Even if your car feels like it’s running right, the “check engine” light is often a sign of an underlying problem that won’t show symptoms until permanent engine damage is done. Sun Tire mechanics use computerized equipment to. . .
Written on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Nicole
6 Signs You Need New Tires
If you’re like the rest of the world, you put off checking your tires until last minute. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11,000 car crashes every year are caused by tire failure. Here at Sun Tire, we don’t want you to become part of that statistic...
Written on Monday, September 19, 2016 by Jeanne
Why Sun Tire? The Answer is Simple.
In 1981, we had an idea. In a time when the auto industry had a bad reputation, we wanted Florida drivers to be safer, happier and cared for. Since then, we’ve grown to 11 locations across the Sunshine State and take incredible pride in the transparency and skill we provide to every customer. So, why Sun Tire? We’ll let the facts and our reputation do the talking.
Pressure-free: Most people think this isn’t possible in the car business, but we’ve found a simple solution. We’ve restored comfort to the process by eliminating sales commissions. Our goal isn’t to make sales, it’s to offer options and build relationships based. on. . .
Written on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by Nicole
Three Ways to Prepare Your Car for a Summer Road Trip
Everyone loves a good road trip, but even the best vacation can go awry if you end up with car trouble. Before heading out on the interstates, make sure to do these three things to ensure your trip doesn’t hit any road bumps.
1.) Schedule Regular Maintenance - Even if you leave it to th...
Written on Monday, July 18, 2016 by Jeanne
10 Things to Know about Your Cabin Air Filters
While we know there are a ton of ongoing maintenance items for car owners to keep track of, one duty that is very often forgotten about is changing the cabin air filter. Having a general awareness of your cabin air filter can make a big difference in terms of the air quality in your vehicle and how well it performs out on the open road.
A cabin air filter attaches to the air intake of the ventilation system of your car. All of the air that flows through your car and comes out of your vents passes through the cabin air filter at one point or another. When you have a quality air filter, that means you have clean and quality air in your vehicle.
Another big aspect of a cabin air filter is its ability to prevent debris from making its way into the vehicle. When debris gets into the vehicle, it can affect the heating system, air conditioning, ventilation, and so on. Avoiding this will allow you to avoid preventable damage to your car. . .
Written on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Nicole
4 Ways to Choose the Perfect Tires
"How do I pick out the right tires?" It's one of the questions we hear the most from our customers, and it's an important one. Buying a car is the one of the most significant decisions people make, but how many people would say the same about the tires they drive it on?
At Sun Tire we understand how important purchasing the right tires is to our customers. As a locally-owned and operated company, we've always taken a personal approach to helping customers understand what makes a set of tires right for their vehicle, needs and lifestyle, as well as their budget.
"When our customers call with questions they speak with a tire expert that's here in North Florida, not an entry-level person in a remote call center," said Dick Erickson, President of Sun Tire. "Safety is always our top concern when we advise customers on tires, and we shop the market to make sure our prices are the best around."
So what should a customer consider when. . .
Written on Friday, January 22, 2016 by Nicole
One More Thing to Add to Your List this Holiday Season--Preventive Maintenance
Make sure Preventative Maintenance is on your list this Holiday Season
Halloween has come and gone and just when you thought you were safe from the fright, imagine you and your family stranded with a car full of luggage broke down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.
The easiest way...
Written on Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Jeanne
Shocktoberfest at Sun Tire!
When we say we’re committed to keeping your vehicle running safe for you and your family we mean it, and that’s why we’re celebrating Shocktoberfest at Sun Tire. All this month take advantage of amazing specials on one of the most important safety elements on your car.
“Shock absorbers are what keep your tires planted firmly on the ground, so it goes without saying it’s a key part of safe driving,” said Dick Erickson, President of Sun Tire. “People may not realize that your vehicle has 4 spots about the size of your hand that are in contact with the pavement, and shocks are what keep them there.”
All October when you purchase. . .
Written on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Nicole
Sun Tire Has An Incredible Selection of Rugged, Oversized Tires that are Perfect for Your Truck, Camper, or Hunting & Fishing Vehicle
All of our tires come with FREE Road Hazard Protection and Fast Lane Service, and we shop the market everyday so our prices will not be beat! You’ll never see any fine print or gimmicks with Sun Tire, our prices include everything your truck needs and no hidden costs, just great service at the...
Written on Monday, August 3, 2015 by Jeanne
Get Your Brakes Worked on Before It's Too late
Get your brakes worked on before it’s too late
When it comes to your vehicle’s brakes, the saying “Better safe than sorry” definitely applies. Your brakes are one of the most important aspects of safe driving, and we get asked all the time by customers how to spot the warnin...
Written on Friday, July 17, 2015 by Jeanne
Great Tips for Summer Driving
3 ways to make sure your vehicle is ready for the Florida Summer
Can you believe that 4th of July has come and gone already? The summer season is in full swing and as you and your friends & family are getting outside to enjoy everything Florida has to offer, you have to make sure your vehicle w...
Written on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Jeanne
Give your Vehicle a Sun Tire Checkup Before a Holiday Road Trip
The tried and true tradition of loading up your vehicle with gifts, food, and family and taking a road trip to visit friends and family can be enough of a challenge by itself. Add in unexpected vehicle issues and your Holiday travels can not only become less enjoyable, but can cause major safety iss...
Written on Monday, November 24, 2014 by Rich
Why does my tire warning light come on when the weather gets cold?
It may not happen very often in North Florida but every now and again we experience some colder-than-normal weather. During those brisk winter months it’s not uncommon for your vehicle’s tire pressure light to come on, and there’s a lot of misconceptions regarding why this happens,...
What do you get for Free with our Fast Lane Service On Every Tire Purchase?
Ever sit in the rush traffic of Jacksonville or Tallahassee and wish there was a fast lane you could change into and cruise on through? Well at Sun Tire we created our Fast Lane so that our customers could skip the long lines and get back out on the road, and you’ll probably be surprised at ho...
Written on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by Rich
Safety First: Why Healthy Brakes and a Straight Alignment are Just as Important as Tires
At Sun Tire we never forget that our top responsibility to our customers is to provide them with the safest possible driving experience with our products and services. Most customers think that tires are one of the most important factors to a safe-driving vehicle, and they’re absolutely right....
Written on Monday, September 29, 2014 by Rich
Sun Tire Goes Live
Tires are our specialty. While Sun Tire carries primarily MICHELIN®, BFGoodrich® and Uniroyal®, we also carry a wide variety of other brands. You can always find the tire you are looking for at Sun Tire in sizes to fit any vehicle.
Sun Tire can help you with general auto repair such as preventative...
Written on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Keith
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