Five Seasons Tire Blog recent posts.Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:40:46 -0600en-ushourly1Auto Repair or a New Car?, 26 Feb 2016 14:40:46 -0600Rachel<p> <img alt="Auto Repair is Less Costly Than Buying - Cedar Rapids" class="Right" src=" Your Car Instead of Buying.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 154px; float: right;" />Auto repair can be a daunting but inevitable expense! So how do you prepare for it? How do you know when a car repair is all that is needed, or when it is time to buy a new car?</p> <p> Trading in your paid for car for a newer model with a monthly payment might seem like a nice thought. However, having to do it because you feel like a car repair is too expensive and the monthly payments &ldquo;aren&rsquo;t that bad,&rdquo; will probably cause buyer&rsquo;s remorse. Consider paying your &ldquo;monthly payment&rdquo; into a bank account for several months and within about 2 years, you will have enough to buy a newer car &ndash; debt free!</p> <h2> Know When a Car Repair is Worthwhile</h2> <p> The average car repair costs between $400 and $700, which is nothing in comparison to a new or different car. Many people spend $400 per month in car payments and the interest that you&rsquo;ll accrue will be more than an average car repair.</p> <h2> Be Prepared for the Occasional Auto Repair</h2> <p> Keep about $1,500 in savings, just in case auto repairs are on the horizon. You never know when it will happen, but even a car that is in otherwise great shape will need to be fixed occasionally. Some parts just wear out after a certain number of miles and even the best preventative maintenance cannot stop some wear and tear.</p> <p> <strong>Ask yourself these questions:</strong></p> <p> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is this car worth putting this amount of money into?</p> <p> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you fix your car, will the repair cost more than you could sell your car for even after it is running well again?</p> <p> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Has your car been nickel and diming you, or does it just need occasional maintenance and repairs?</p> <h2> Find an Auto Repair Shop You Trust</h2> <p> Avoid getting your car fixed at a car dealership. They are more likely to try to sell you a new car even though fixing your car is still a great option. If you get your car fixed at a reputable auto repair shop that you trust, they will tell you when your car can be fixed and will run well for a long time, and when repair costs are actually more than the car is worth.</p> <p> With proper maintenance and an occasional repair, you can expect your vehicle will run for between 200,000 and 300,000 miles. Paying off your car and keeping it until you have money saved for the next vehicle you want is better for your budget, even if repairs are needed on occasion.</p> <h2> Finance Repairs for a Few Months</h2> <p> Auto repair shops, like 5 Seasons Tire, often have financing available for that time when you get into a pinch and need a repair. 5 Seasons Tire offers 6 months interest free. You won&rsquo;t find that kind of deal at any car dealership.</p> <p> You can always trust the mechanics at 5 Seasons Tire to show you all of your auto repair options &ndash; the car repair that will get you by for a while, the permanent auto repair, and even why it may be time for a trade-in. Call 319-366-7683 for vehicle maintenance and auto repair services.</p> /blog/view/auto-repair-or-a-new-car/feed0Buy online now!, 14 Jan 2016 10:33:27 -0600TCS<p> We now offer the option of buying tires online from our website and then coming in and getting them installed at one of our locations! &nbsp;Follow this link to get started!&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> /blog/view/buy-online-now/feed1Cold Weather Car Care – Oil and Batteries Matter, 13 Jan 2016 16:03:40 -0600Rachel<p> <img alt="Cold Weather Car Battery Problems - Cedar Rapids" class="right" src=" Weather Battery Problems.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 174px; float: right;" />Freezing cold weather can stop your car in its tracks, so making sure you do the simple things to ensure that it starts with ease may save you time and money later on. Your car battery, and oil can both be a source of complication as the temperature drops &ndash; especially if your car is stored outside.</p> <h2> A Dead Car will Cost You Money</h2> <p> While we all know that you will eventually have to spend money on auto repairs, even when you are meticulous about getting routine oil changes and maintenance done. But a car that won&rsquo;t start due to cold weather may cost you an unexpected day off work too.</p> <p> It is estimated that 90% of all engine wear is caused by cold starts.</p> <h2> What the Cold Weather Does to Your Car</h2> <p> There are two main reasons that the engine might start harder in the cold than it does on any other day of the year. First, like any other liquid, oil thickens as it gets colder, and the subzero temperatures that occur in Iowa during January and February are sure to stiffen your automobile oil. Secondly, the cold weather slows the chemical reaction in the car battery, and that reduces the power output.</p> <h2> Prevent Oil Thickening</h2> <p> During winter months, use a lighter weight oil or synthetic oil. An IOW 30, 40 or 50 multi-grade oil are typically good choices, but be sure to pay attention to the manufacturer recommendations, because every vehicle is different. Because so much engine wear occurs during cold starts, it is important to keep it properly lubricated, and a thinner oil in the winter will flow better between the crankshaft and the bearing.</p> <h2> When it&rsquo;s Time for a New Battery</h2> <p> Your car usually turns over without a problem, but suddenly the cold weather is making it nearly impossible to turn over. A car&rsquo;s battery will lose 33% of its power when the temperature dips below freezing, and 50% when it reaches sub-zero temps. That takes a toll on a battery.</p> <p> It may be time to get your battery tested and change it if your car starts having trouble turning over even when the engine has been warmed up in the past few hours.</p> <h2> Starting Your Car Daily Could Save You from Being Stranded</h2> <p> A fully charged battery will not freeze completely until it reaches -76 degrees F. On the other hand, a partially charged battery can freeze at a much warmer temperature, and can be an explosion hazard.</p> <p> If the temperatures are well below freezing and your car is outside, be sure to start it and let it run, or drive it every day. Running your vehicle each day during cold spells will help it to charge fully, rather than losing its charge and freezing up.</p> <p> If you need your battery tested, or complete auto maintenance services, call 5 Seasons Tire today.</p> /blog/view/cold-weather-car-care-oil-and-batteries-matter/feed0Buy Snow Tires – It May Save You from Getting Pulled Out, 14 Dec 2015 09:38:52 -0600Rachel<h1> <img alt="" class="Right" longdesc="Snow Tires - Five Seasons Tire - Cedar Rapids, IA" src=" Tires - Five Seasons Tire - Cedar Rapids, IA.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 449px; float: right;" title="Snow Tires - Five Seasons Tire - Cedar Rapids, IA" /></h1> <p> With the mild weather we have had this November and December, buying snow tires might not be at the top of your to-do list. With Iowa winters being unpredictable, it&rsquo;s important to purchase winter tires before the ice and snow hit. Winter tires may be the cheap alternative to calling a tow company to pull you out of the ditch &ndash; or worse, damaging your car on a slick day.</p> <h2> Snow tires Work Better in Cold Weather</h2> <p> What&rsquo;s the difference between snow tires (or winter tires) and the tires you use year-round? Snow tires are made with softer rubber compounds and they have thicker treads. This allows them to grip the road better, even in cold wet, icy, snowy or slushy conditions.</p> <p> While we do not recommend driving in treacherous conditions just because you put on a set of snow tires, there are some places you have to go, even when it snows. With the right snow tires on your car, you will notice a huge difference in the way your car handles in the snow.</p> <h2> Can You Use Snow Tires Year Round?</h2> <p> You can, but you shouldn&rsquo;t! Because snow tires are made of softer rubber, emergency stops on warm dry pavement will cause faster wear and tear on a more expensive tire. It will cost you more in the long-run to keep snow tires on all year.</p> <p> Another reason to switch your tires in the spring is because your car&rsquo;s overall performance and fuel efficiency will increase with regular treads in the summer. You don&rsquo;t wear snow boots in the summer, or flip-flops in the winter. That would not make sense, and it doesn&rsquo;t make sense to have snow tires on your car in the summer.</p> <h2> Lessen the Hassle</h2> <p> If you purchase an extra set of wheels with the same bolt pattern as your normal wheels, swapping out your snow tires, year after year, will be a simple task for you, or your favorite auto mechanic. This may be a cost effective measure in the long-run, as changing a wheel takes your mechanic less time twice a year than taking the tire off the rim and replacing it with seasonal tires.</p> <p> If you need help finding the best snow tires for your vehicle, contact Five Seasons Tire of Cedar Rapids for assistance.</p> /blog/view/snow-tires-why-buy/feed0Money-saving Car Tips for Holiday Travel, 30 Nov 2015 10:31:35 -0600Rachel<h1> <img alt="Saving Money on Holiday Trips" src=" Saving and Holiday Driving.jpg" style="font-size: 12px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></h1> <p> If you&rsquo;re like most people, you will be putting more miles on the car during the holiday season than you typically budget. With these money-saving car tips, you don&rsquo;t have to break the bank. When and how you drive can be as important as making sure your car is in dependable condition when long car trips are a must.</p> <p> Some car maintenance practices and driving tips get overlooked. Others are just unknown to many drivers. Saving a few cents here and there can add up on a long trip to grandmother&rsquo;s house!</p> <p> 1.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Slow Down &ndash; For every 5 mph you reduce you save up to 7% on fuel.</p> <p> 2.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Check Your Air Filter &ndash; A clean filter can help your car run more efficiently and improve gas mileage by nearly 10%.</p> <p> 3.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pump Up Your Tires - Make sure tires are in good shape and properly filled. Cold Iowa weather will make tires deflate a little, but the right tire pressure can save you gas money, and the possibility of a flat.</p> <p> 4.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tire Alignment &ndash; Badly aligned tires can wear your tires out faster, but also forces your car&rsquo;s engine to work harder, so get it straight.</p> <p> 5.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Choose Your Travel Time Wisely &ndash; Stop-and-go-traffic can cause your engine to run less efficiently, and make you keep your car on for a longer period of time. Avoid busy traffic time like rush hour and lunch hour, and be cognizant of any sporting events or concerts that may be taking place in larger cities. This could save time as well as money.</p> <p> 6.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lay off the Brakes &ndash; Riding the brakes is bad for gas mileage, and it wears down your brake pads. It may cost you an expensive trip to an auto repair shop, and up to a 35% increase in fuel consumption.</p> <p> 7.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lighten the Load &ndash; If you are headed out for a week-long trip, you probably don&rsquo;t need to bring the whole house. Consider packing lighter and washing in the middle of the week, and limit the size and weight of gifts when possible. Every 100 lbs. of extra junk in the trunk can cost 2% in fuel efficiency.</p> <p> 8.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Routine Oil Change &ndash; Make sure the routine maintenance on your car or truck is up to date for a more efficiently running vehicle.</p> <p> If you need to make sure your car is ready for that long holiday drive, call 5 Seasons Tire at 319-366-7683.</p> <h1> <o:p></o:p></h1> /blog/view/money-saving-car-tips-for-holiday-travel/feed0Helpful Tips for Winterizing Your Car, 30 Oct 2015 09:57:52 -0500Rachel<p> <img alt="Winterize Your Vehicles" class="Left" src=" vehicles.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 227px; float: left;" />Now that we&rsquo;ve weathered the first hard freeze of the year, it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about winterizing your vehicle for the rest of the winter. While cars and trucks are not as susceptible to cold related problems as they once were, there are still a few things to do that will help keep you from getting stranded. Over the next few months, Cedar Rapids car owners will likely endure the worst winter has to offer: snow, ice, sleet, howling winds, subzero temperatures and road conditions that would challenge the toughest vehicles around.</p> <p> While you can&rsquo;t control the weather, there are steps you can take to make your winter driving safer and to protect your vehicle.</p> <p> <strong>Replace Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid</strong> &ndash; Windshield wipers usually last for about a year, less if the previous winter was particularly rough. Be sure to test your windshield wipers and fill up the wiper fluid before the snow flies. If your visibility is low in a garden-variety rainstorm, driving through a snowstorm will be even tougher with the car in front of you kicking up all kinds of road grime, salt and sand.</p> <p> <strong>Test Four Wheel Drive (4WD)</strong> &ndash; Since many drivers don&rsquo;t use their four-wheel drive system when the weather is nice, remember to turn on your 4WD system before the first snow and test it to be sure it&rsquo;s working properly. Make sure it engages and disengages easily and that all the drivers using that vehicle know when and how to use it. If you are not sure how to test your 4WD, your mechanic can check it for you at your next visit.</p> <p> <strong>Check Tire Pressure and Consider Snow Tires &ndash; </strong>Be sure to check the air pressure in all your tires regularly in the winter. Poorly inflated tires decrease traction, increasing the likelihood of slipping and sliding on the roads. If you drive in hilly and/or particularly slippery conditions, you may want to consider switching to snow tires. The rubber compound and tread on snow tires is made to grip the road more securely for improved traction.</p> <p> <strong>Inspect Belts and Hoses Regularly </strong>&ndash; Cold temperatures are tough on rubber belts and hoses. If a belt or hose fails, chances are you&rsquo;ll be stuck where you are out in the cold, miserable weather. Be sure to have your mechanic inspect all belts and hoses at each oil change and tune up, particularly in the winter months.</p> <p> <strong>Right Amount of Antifreeze</strong> &ndash; In the summer, antifreeze raises the boiling point of engine coolant to prevent it from overheating. However, in the winter its purpose is to keep your vehicle from freezing up. Make sure the antifreeze you choose has the right freeze protection for the climate in the upper Midwest. The correct ratio of antifreeze and water is also critical. For winter driving, experts recommend 50/50 water / antifreeze ratio.</p> <p> <strong>Check Oil and Oil Viscosity </strong>&ndash; Like your belts and hoses, the oil you use in your car is reacts to cold temperatures. When the thermostat drops, oil tends to thicken and this can negatively affect your engine&rsquo;s performance. Low-viscosity (thinner) oil will help your engine run better even in the coldest temperatures. Be sure to ask your mechanic about the best type of oil to use for your car and the season.</p> <p> <strong>Get Your Battery Checked</strong> &ndash; Your car battery likely seems to work great when the weather is bearable, but we all know that Iowa winters can bring days and even weeks of sub-zero temperature. The colder it gets, the harder your battery may be to turn over. Newer batteries will likely have a better chance of surviving the cold, especially if you park outside.</p> <p> At 5 Seasons Tire, we can help you keep your car running in top condition all year long. In addition to taking care of all your tire needs, we do general auto repair, tune-ups, automotive winterization, oil changes, engine repair, and much, much more. Make an appointment today, and stay safe on the road every day of the year. &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/helpful-tips-for-winterizing-your-car/feed0Important Signs You Need New Brakes, 21 Sep 2015 13:40:19 -0500Rachel<p> <img alt="Cedar Rapids Brake Repair Automotive Service" src=" Repair - 5 Seasons Tire - Cedar Rapids, IA.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p> It doesn&rsquo;t seem very momentous but keeping up with brake maintenance and repair can be a life and death matter. When you think about it, your brakes are responsible for slowing and stopping thousands of pounds of metal and glass, dozens and maybe even hundreds of times a day depending on your drive time. With this kind of wear and tear, it&rsquo;s not surprising that brake jobs are one of the most common automotive repairs performed.</p> <h2> Listen to Your Car</h2> <p> The most common brake repair is replacement of your brake pads and for good reason. This is where the rubber meets the metal. All modern brake pads havea little metal plate called an indicator and the constant wear of braking is measured. When the rubber on the brake pad wears down to a certain level, the indicator scrapes along the rotor and produces a squeal loud enough to hear while driving.</p> <p> When you hear this sound, it&rsquo;s time to replace your brake pads. Act fast. If you have the brake pads replaced as soon as you hear this telltale sound, you maybe able to save the rotors and calipers, which will save you a significant amount of money.</p> <h3 style="color:blue;"> <strong>Other Common Signs Your Brakes Need Work</strong></h3> <p> There are a number of other unnerving signs that brake problems are making your car unsafe. For instance:</p> <p style="margin-left:39pt;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Your vehicle travels too far before coming to a stop in city traffic.</p> <p style="margin-left:39pt;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The vehicle pulls to one side when you brake.</p> <p style="margin-left:39pt;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Your steering wheel shakes when you brake.</p> <p style="margin-left:39pt;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Your brakes make a grinding noise that you can feel in the pedal.If you are experiencing any of these problems, get your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible.</p> <h2> Stay Safe with Regular Brake Service</h2> <p> Regular brake maintenance will keep you safe and secure on the road so don&rsquo;t skimp on this important task. The following preventive maintenancewill help keep your brakes in great shape:</p> <p style="margin-left:39pt;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Have your brakes checked at least once a year. With frequent city drivingor if you drive in an extremely hilly area, have your brakes checked every few months.</p> <p style="margin-left:39pt;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Check for brake or bearing issues if you hear a scratching or grinding noise when not braking.</p> <p style="margin-left:39pt;"> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Have brake fluid tested and replaced regularly. If you have to replace the fluid more thanonce every few months, you may have a leak that needs to be repaired. Our crew will check your brakes and fluids every time you come in for an oil change.</p> <p> 5 Seasons Tire isn&rsquo;t just for tires. We can handle all your auto repair needs, including brake repair and replacement, oil changes, wheel alignment, electrical issues, engine repair, and much, much more. Make an appointment today, and stay safe on the road all year long.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/important-signs-you-need-new-brakes/feed2Let Mechanics Do Your Oil Changes - Cedar Rapids, IA, 24 Aug 2015 09:46:34 -0500Rachel<h1> <img alt="" src=" Change Cedar Rapids - 5 Seasons Tire.jpg" style="font-size: 12px; width: 851px; height: 564px;" />10 Reasons to Let Mechanics Do Your Oil Changes</h1> <p> Oil changes are important, and there is no doubt that regular auto maintenance will extend the life of your car and keep it running for years longer than it might&nbsp;without.&nbsp; If you are even a little mechanically inclined, you can probably handle your own oil changes, but there are several reasons to have auto repair professionals do it for you.</p> <h2> Oil Changes are Cheap Messy Maintenance</h2> <p> 1. Paying for an oil change is extremely cost effective, because the oil and filters will cost more than $20 even if you do it yourself. Because auto repair shops buy in quantity, they get a great deal on those items and the mark-up is minimal. In fact, it is really a way for an auto repair shop to get you in the door and build a relationship with you, in case you ever need bigger repairs.</p> <p> 2. Mechanics are trained to recognize problems and malfunctions of other systems of your vehicle that you may not catch. Taking your vehicle to the same place a few times a year for routine oil changes lets them familiarize themselves with your car. They will be able to see wear on parts and belts that you might miss, and direct you as to whether it is something they will need to watch, or if it needs immediate repair. A trustworthy mechanic will give you the most cost effective options, and a real timeline as to the urgency of your auto repairs.</p> <p> 3. While you are getting your oil changed, a mechanic will also check other fluids and top them off if needed, in most cases. Depending on the fluids needed, some may be topped off free of charge.</p> <p> 4. If some fluids are low and should not be burned, a good mechanic may see the cause, or leak and be able to diagnose it without an extra trip.</p> <p> 5. Finding impending problems before they cause real problems could save you money on additional repairs. When it comes to car problems, one thing leads to another. If one part fails it can cause a domino effect, a safety hazard, or even an explosion.</p> <p> 6. Your time is worth something too. An oil change is cheap and important, but if you drop your vehicle off at a trusted mechanic for an hour, you can make good use of that time completing other important tasks, or enjoying a drink with a buddy. Your mechanic can do the job faster and more efficiently because they have more experience.</p> <p> 7. It&rsquo;s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Most household tasks do not require your clothes to get as dirty as changing oil. Spills cause stains on your garage floor. By bringing your car to a mechanic for an oil change, you can keep your home and yourself clean and pristine.</p> <p> 8. The right tools are important, and while they may not cost much, an auto repair shop already has them. It&rsquo;s a couple less tools to take up garage space, and you would need a set of ramps, a filter wrench, funnel, oil drain pan, and a box end or socket wrench.</p> <p> 9. Waste Oil, YUCK! Who wants to dispose of that greasy mess, or just store it. You cannot just throw waste oil in the trash. It is toxic and flammable, and there is usually a disposal fee. Consider yourself lucky to let your mechanic take care of it for you.</p> <p> 10. Some auto repair shops are will do a free tire rotation or at least keep a schedule of when it needs to be done for you. This is important when it comes to your tire warranty.</p> <h2> So Just Hire a Mechanic</h2> <p> Build a relationship with a mechanic before you really need their services, because in the end, when a big repair comes up, they may be more willing to work with you on financing, urgency of completion, and you will trust your regular mechanic to take care of you auto repair needs.</p> <p> 5 Seasons Tire can handle all your auto repair needs, from oil changes and tires to brake work and engine repair. Make an appointment today, and hand over the oily rage to someone you can trust.</p> /blog/view/let-mechanics-do-your-oil-changes-cedar-rapids-ia/feed0Avoid a Lemon – Used Car Buying the Smart Way, 24 Jul 2015 13:05:23 -0500Rachel<p> <img alt="Auto Mechanics Can Aid in Buying Used Car - Cedar Rapids, IA - 5 Seasons Tire" src=" Mechanics Help With Used Car Purchase - Cedar Rapids, IA.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left; margin: 5px 10px;" /></p> <p> Buying a new car is always a big decision, because you can find a great deal on a low mileage older car if you are careful, but you have to do your homework. Before you make a commitment, take the used vehicle you are considering to a trusted mechanic or auto repair shop for a thorough inspection. A good mechanic will be able to see wear on parts or impending car problems that you may not notice.</p> <p> There are some things that you can look for while shopping for a used car that will make your purchase more successful.</p> <h2> Find the Best Model for Your Budget</h2> <p> Decide how much you are willing to spend, how old and how many miles the odometer should have on it in the best case scenario. Do you want a used sedan, mini-van, SUV or truck? That will give you a place to start your search and adjust from if needed.</p> <h2> Begin Researching Used Cars</h2> <p> Now begin to research! Some models have bad reviews for certain years and some have certain problems that seem to recur within the brand. Problem prone cars are a good thing to stay away from.</p> <p> Find the 2 or 3 models that best meet your qualifications and look specifically for those in the used car ads, on, or on the local car lots. Adjust your expectation for the year and mileage as needed to get a great car within your budget if needed.</p> <h2> Test Drive to Look For Car Problems</h2> <p> Test drive more than one used car of each model to get the feel for how it should drive. Every manufacturer makes cars with different priorities, so every model will drive differently, and if it is having car problems, it will feel or sound different than one that is in optimum condition.</p> <h2> Look Closely at Used Car Exterior</h2> <ul> <li> <strong>Body Condition</strong> &ndash; Misaligned fenders, doors and body panels, dents, dings and scratches</li> <li> <strong>Glass</strong> &ndash; Cracks, and stone chips can get larger over time, especially in the ever-changing Iowa weather</li> <li> <strong>Suspension</strong> &ndash; Bounce the car on each corner to see if the shock absorbers are working properly.</li> <li> <strong>Lights</strong> &ndash; Make sure all of the headlights, rear lights and brake lights work properly</li> <li> <strong>Tires</strong> &ndash; Look for uneven wear or excessive wear on tires. A mechanic will be able to tell you if the tires are good or if the previous driver was aggressive by looking at tread wear.</li> </ul> <h2> Look for Signs of Good Car Care in the Interior</h2> <ul> <li> <strong>Seats and Carpet </strong>&ndash; Look for excessive wear or stains. A lot of wear on a low mileage car may indicate the odometer was set back or rolled over. Check the Seat and window controls if they are electric.</li> <li> <strong>Smells</strong> &ndash; Smoke smells, rotten food smells may be unwanted, but a musty or moldy odor could indicate the car was in a flood or has a leak.</li> <li> <strong>Roof</strong> &ndash; Look at the ceiling for the upholster coming down and make sure moon roof works if there is one.</li> <li> <strong>Trunk</strong> &ndash; Look for smells or signs of water entry.</li> <li> <strong>Sound System</strong> &ndash; Make sure the radio gets reception and CD player works if it is equipped with one.</li> </ul> <h2> Have a Professional Auto Repair Mechanic Take a Look</h2> <p> Once you are just about ready to sign the paperwork and pay tax, title and license on your new to you vehicle &ndash; PAUSE! Ask the dealer if you can have the car checked over by an auto mechanic of your choice &ndash; not one that they suggest. Make an appointment for the auto inspection, and listen carefully to what the mechanic has to say.</p> <p> They may find something that can be easily fixed before you take it off the lot, or they may find an issue that is a negotiation point, but will need to be fixed eventually. A mechanic may even completely steer you away from buying a car if the car problems are too extensive, or a check of the VIN number report shows past damage that might cause future problems.</p> <p> If you need a mechanic to do an inspection on the used car you are about to buy, call 5 Seasons Tire and we will get you in fast to ensure that your dream car doesn&rsquo;t turn into a nightmare.</p> /blog/view/avoid-a-lemon-used-car-buying-the-smart-way/feed0Pre-trip Car Inspections Save Time and Money, 11 Jun 2015 13:54:00 -0500Rachel<div class="blogPostText"> <h1> <strong>Prepare Your Car for Vacation</strong></h1> <p> Don&rsquo;t be left on the side of the road! It&rsquo;s road trip season and there are several things you can do to help prepare your car for vacation this summer. Check your brakes, top off fluids, get any squeaks or odd noises diagnosed and fixed if it&rsquo;s urgent.</p> <h2> Pre-trip Car Inspections Save Time and Money</h2> <p> <img alt="Prevent Car Problems with Pre-Trip Inspection" src=" Inspections.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 0px; float: right;" />A complete pre-trip vehicle inspection can take time out of your day, but if you find problems that could get worse during a long trip or get you pulled over by a police officer, it is well worth the time.</p> <p> Taking the initiative to get a thorough inspection done within a week before you leave could save you money too. Whether you have your trusted mechanic or auto repair shop do the inspection, or do it yourself and catch problems that can be taken to your regular mechanic, it&rsquo;s always best to make repairs before it becomes an emergency.</p> <h2> Take it to a Trusted Auto Repair Shop</h2> <p> It is always hard to find a good mechanic when you are far from home. You don&rsquo;t know if you can trust and auto repair shop you choose in a pinch, and they may be more likely to price gauge if they know you need services really fast. Pricing is always a factor and if you have an automotive repair shop that you trust to treat you fairly and give you the best solutions, it is best to get car problems fixed close to home if they are predictable.</p> <h2> Exterior Car Inspection</h2> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Windshield Wiper Blades &ndash; You don&rsquo;t want to get caught in a downpour on an unfamiliar road with wipers that don&rsquo;t work.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Lights &ndash; Burned out or broken headlights, turn signals and brake lights can all get you a ticket and a fine, so before you leave, make sure they are all in working order.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Tires Pressure and Condition &ndash; Don&rsquo;t drive far on tires that are severely warn or checked. Low or high tire pressure can cause problems too.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Over-inflation can cause your car to skid more easily in wet weather and will cause premature wearing of the center of the tire over time.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Under-inflated tires will handle poorly and the inside and outside of the tires may wear prematurely.</li> </ul> <h2> Under the Hood Inspection</h2> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Automotive Fluids<strong>&ndash; </strong>Top off any fluids that appear low and be sure to get an oil change before you leave on your trip. Fluids include:<img alt="Get Car Ready For Vacation - 5 Seasons Tire - Cedar Rapids" src=" Car Ready for Vacation.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 0px; float: right;" /> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 1in;"> Automatic transmission fluid</li> <li style="margin-left: 1in;"> Engine oil</li> <li style="margin-left: 1in;"> Brake fluid</li> <li style="margin-left: 1in;"> Power steering fluid</li> <li style="margin-left: 1in;"> Radiator coolant</li> <li style="margin-left: 1in;"> Windshield washer fluid</li> </ul> </li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Belts and Hoses &ndash; Leaky hoses and broken belts will cause undue stress on a long drive if they are not repaired or replaced before you leave. Check for loose fit, brittleness and checking on belts, loose clumps and softness in the rubber.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Air Conditioner &ndash; If your air conditioner is not working properly, it could make for a long and uncomfortable drive. If your air conditioner is not working efficiently and effectively, take it to a trusted repair shop.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Battery Connections &ndash; Check for a good connection, and make sure there is no corrosion around the connecting wires.</li> </ul> <h2> &nbsp;Under Vehicle Inspection</h2> <ul style="list-style-type:disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Fluid Leaks &ndash; Look under the car and at the hoses to see if fluids are leaking.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Exhaust Leaks &ndash; Listen for loud noise from your care when you start the car, accelerate or use more horsepower going up hills.</li> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> Brakes &ndash; Listen for squeaking or squealing when you brake. Grinding noises mean you may need new rotors. It is good to have this professionally inspected if you are unsure.</li> </ul> <h2> Peace of Mind is Worth a Thorough Vehicle Inspection</h2> <p> While there is always a possibility of something happening when you are out on the road to cause car trouble, knowing that you are leaving home with a vehicle that has been checked over and repaired if needed will give you the peace of mind that chances of a successful trip are likely. If you need help with your pre-trip inspection, contact 5 Seasons Tire today and set up an appointment.</p> </div> /blog/view/pre-trip-car-inspections-save-time-and-money/feed010 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage, 28 Jun 2013 10:22:20 -0500TCS<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in"> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 340px; height: 255px; margin: 10px; float: left; margin-right: 20px;" />Who doesn&rsquo;t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire&rsquo;s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn&rsquo;t be used as your vehicle&rsquo;s primary tires.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tire Inflation- Proper tire inflation for driving conditions will promote a smoother, more efficient ride. Tire inflation should be watched more in temperature extremes, and should be checked only when the tires are cool and have not been driven on recently.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Wheel Balance- If your wheels aren&rsquo;t balanced, they can wear unevenly or even bounce, preventing full contact with the road, diminishing fuel efficiency. For the best gas mileage, have your wheels balanced with every rotation.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Proper Alignment &ndash; A vehicle with proper alignment will have less pull due to tires not working together with the driveline, and should use less gas. Proper alignment can also help save your tires, and decrease engine drag by creating less resistance, boosting your vehicle&rsquo;s performance.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Oil changes &ndash; Proper and frequent oil changes can be one of the best ways to maximize your gas mileage. Your vehicle will run smoother and cleaner, using less fuel. Make sure you are checking with your owner&rsquo;s manual for exact specifications and using the recommended oil weight.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air filter &ndash; Air filters can be visually checked and changed when dirty, or checked with every oil change. If you live in an area with smog or pollution, or drive on dusty roads or through frequent road construction, you may need to check and change your air filter more often. Without clean, cool air mixing with the fuel to create combustion, your vehicle consumes more gas, and therefore lowers your vehicle&rsquo;s efficiency.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Maintenance - Maintaining you vehicle will improve its overall health, with the added bonus of better gas mileage. Regular tune-ups will replace spark plugs, checks for leaks in hoses, and tighten any belts. On your own, you can maintain your fuel filter, fuel pump, and gas cap, and watch for leaks or cracks. This is not only a fuel waster, but can be a safety hazard.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Driving Habits- Stop and go traffic for city dwellers happens, which will lower your fuel efficiency. But many driving habits that can suck up extra fuel can be avoided- like jackrabbit starts, hitting the gas pedal as soon as a light turns green, rather than easing into it. Excessive speeds and freeway driving can also lower gas mileage due to the constant acceleration.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Use the Right Gas - Unless your vehicle requires premium gasoline, most vehicles do just fine on regular unleaded gas. In fact, premium gas can burn less efficiently, actually reducing your gas mileage and wasting gas. Not only do you spend more at the pump, you&rsquo;ll be fueling up more often.</p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="margin-left: 21px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air Conditioning- It&rsquo;s not a myth that driving with the air conditioner on can reduce gas mileage significantly. In the hotter months, it is nearly unavoidable. But, when possible, driving with the windows down or taking shorter trips will help you and your wallet in the long run. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> /blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage/feed1Checking tire size, 27 Mar 2013 10:35:16 -0500TCS<p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="640"></iframe></p> /blog/view/checking-tire-size/feed0Service, 25 Feb 2013 11:01:00 -0600TCS<p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe></p> /blog/view/service/feed0Multi-Brand, 22 Feb 2013 11:08:01 -0600TCS<p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe></p> /blog/view/multi-brand/feed0Zombies!, 03 May 2012 11:09:55 -0500TCS<p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> /blog/view/zombies/feed0St Paddy's Day!, 17 Mar 2012 11:16:28 -0500TCS<p> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 512px; height: 384px;" /></p> /blog/view/st-paddy-s-day/feed01954 International Pickup, 17 Mar 2012 11:13:00 -0500TCS<p> Here is the bosses 1954 International truck that we used in the St Patrick&#39;s Day parade in Cedar Rapids.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 512px; height: 384px;" /></p> /blog/view/1954-international-pickup/feed0Website Launch Announcement: Five Seasons Tire Launches New Site, 21 Jun 2011 11:18:03 -0500TCS<p> Five Seasons Tire is excited to announce the launch of its new website. The site features a fresh look, easy navigation and more focus on what the customer needs. The new site offers inventory listings with pictures and specs. You can search a variety of ways including by vehicle, brand and size. With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important tire and service information. We invite you to visit the new <a href=""></a> today.</p> /blog/view/website-launch-announcement-five-seasons-tire-launches-new-site/feed1Brakes, Shocks and Struts, 17 Jun 2011 11:21:25 -0500TCS<div class="blogPostText"> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;"><strong>Brakes pricing:</strong></span></p> <p align="center"> <font color="#0000ff" face="PT Freeloader"><u><big><big><big>Cars</big></big></big></u></font></p> <div align="center"> <center> <table border="5" width="302"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Front Disk Brakes</td> <td align="center" width="100"> $135.95*</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Rear Drum Brakes</td> <td align="center" width="100"> $75.95*</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Rear Disk Brakes</td> <td align="center" width="100"> <p align="center"> $135.95*</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </center> </div> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> <font color="#0000ff" face="PT Freeloader"><u><big><big><big>Trucks</big></big></big></u></font></p> <div align="center"> <center> <table border="5" width="302"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Front Disk Brakes 2wd</td> <td align="center" width="100"> $135.95*</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Front Disk Brake 4wd w/pop off rotors</td> <td align="center" width="100"> $135.95*</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Front Disk Brakes 4wd w/lock outs</td> <td align="center" width="100"> Call</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Rear Drum Brakes 1/2 ton</td> <td align="center" width="100"> $75.95*</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Rear Drum Brakes 3/4 ton w/pop off drums</td> <td align="center" width="100"> $75.95*</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="190"> Rear Drum Brakes 3/4 ton w/bolt on drums</td> <td align="center" width="100"> Call</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </center> </div> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> <em><strong><font color="#0000ff">*All prices are subject to change without notice, call store or Email us </font></strong></em><font color="#0000ff"> <em><strong>for current prices.</strong></em></font></p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <font color="#0000ff"><strong>Shocks and Struts Pricing:</strong></font></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> <img alt="monroe.GIF (4385 bytes)" height="39" src="" width="120" /></p> <div align="center"> <center> <table border="1" width="56%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> <p align="center"> <strong><big>Car Shocks</big></strong></p> </td> <td align="center" width="50%"> <p align="center"> <strong><big>Price</big></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> OEM Gas Charged</td> <td align="center" width="50%"> 29.95</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> Sensatrac</td> <td align="center" width="50%"> 49.95</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> Specialty</td> <td align="center" width="50%"> CALL</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </center> </div> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <center> <table border="1" width="56%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> <p align="center"> <strong><big>Truck Shocks</big></strong></p> </td> <td align="center" width="50%"> <p align="center"> <strong><big>Price</big></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> OEM Gas Charged</td> <td align="center" width="50%"> 39.95</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> Sensatrac</td> <td align="center" width="50%"> 59.95</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> Reflex</td> <td align="center" width="50%"> 69.95</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> Gas Magnum</td> <td align="center" width="50%"> 69.95</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </center> </div> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> <strong><big>Struts are priced by car type. Please Call for pricing.</big></strong></p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#0000ff;"><strong>Oil Changes featuring Valvoline oil.&nbsp; ($29.95)</strong></span></p> </div> /blog/view/brakes-shocks-and-struts/feed0