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Wheel Alignment

Try to imagine that you are up in the arctic on a dog sled. Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground fast. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side. It would slow you down. It would make you and the dogs  work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you’re covering less ground for the same effort. You’re wasting kibble and freezing your butt off.   The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that’s pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the car – so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed on Lanoka Harbor roads. You’re wasting gas.   So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. We can help you with that at Ryan’s Servicenter in Lanoka Harbor. Get it checked right away if you feel the car pulling to one side. Sometimes we bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can take the wheels out of alignment as well.   So make sure you’re riding straight.  You’ll save at the  pumps and your tires will  last longer. Now, mush on! Ryan’s...

Selecting Tires

Let’s look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value. Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: NJ weather conditions, Toms River terrain, Lanoka Harbor temperatures, etc. Most new family vehicles in NJ come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most NJ road conditions – but they aren’t ideal at the extremes. Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice on roads and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as Lanoka Harbor temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Lanoka Harbor vehicles than all-season tires in winter weather. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm NJ weather performance driving for Lanoka Harbor . If you drive off-road around Toms River, there is a wide spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires. The key is to ask your Ryan’s Servicenter tire professional and the function you need to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need. Fit: The easiest thing is to purchase tires in the same size that were installed by the manufacturer. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with your Ryan’s Servicenter service advisor so you can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don’t rub in bumps or turns. It’s also to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control aren’t adversely...

Wheel Bearings

Your wheel bearings may be something to which you’ve never given a thought while driving around Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Wheel bearings are what enable your wheels to spin freely. Since they bear the entire weight of the vehicle, they have to be tough. Wheel bearings can last well over 60,000 miles or 100,000 kilometers. They do wear out though and must eventually be replaced. You might hear a groaning sound from your wheels. The sound might disappear at some speeds and reappear at others. Your Lanoka Harbor NJ service technician at Ryan’s Servicenter can quickly tell if your bearings are bad by raising the vehicle and wiggling the wheel. When you grasp the top and bottom of the tire, it shouldn’t move along the vertical axis. Many vehicles these days have wheel bearing assemblies that cannot be serviced at Ryan’s Servicenter. When the bearings go bad, we simply replace the entire wheel bearing assembly. For those vehicles with wheel bearings that can be accessed, we can do some preventive maintenance. You may have heard the phrase ‘pack the bearings’. With this procedure we remove the bearings, carefully clean them and inspect for any imperfection or wear. If the bearings can be reused, we reinstall them and pack them with grease. If not, we put in new bearings. Check your owner’s manual or ask your Lanoka Harbor, NJ service advisor at Ryan’s Servicenter if your bearings can be serviced, and if so, when should it be done. Now, taking care of bad bearings is extremely important. When bearings go bad, they generate tremendous amounts of heat – enough to lock...

Upsizing Wheels and Tires

Hello Lanoka Harbor drivers! Let’s pretend you have three doughnuts right in front of you for our discussion of upsizing wheels and tires. Hey, don’t eat them now – you’re going to need them later. Many Lanoka Harbor want to accessorize their car and make it theirs. One of the easiest ways to get a custom look is to get some custom wheels. There are thousands of wheel designs out there to get you the look you want. And for many, that look includes bigger wheels. It used to be that vehicles came from the with 15 or 16 inch wheels. Now 16, 17 and even 18 inchers are standard. And the factories are offering optional wheel packages up to 20 inches or more. So let’s talk about what Lanoka Harbor drivers should consider when they want to upsize their wheels. It’s not exactly a do it yourself project, so you need to know a thing or two before you get started. The most important term to know is rolling diameter. The rolling diameter is simply the overall height of your tire. Unless you want to modify your suspension, you’ll want to keep your rolling diameter the same when you upsize your wheels in Lanoka Harbor. Let’s think about those three golden doughnuts in front of you. They’re all about the same size. So if we pretend they’re tires, they would have the same rolling diameter. The doughnut hole is the size of the wheel. Now pretend we’ve made the hole bigger on some. That’s like having a bigger wheel – but the rolling diameter is the same. It’s...

Scheduled Wheel Alignment

Lanoka Harbor residents need to be concerned about wheel alignments for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side, maybe pretty hard. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic on a busy street in Toms River or completely off the road. And a bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly. We had one guy in our Lanoka Harbor auto service center who said his wheels were a little out of alignment before a family vacation, but he didn’t think it was that bad so he didn’t take care of it before he left. A couple days and a thousand miles later his front tires were worn down to the cords. He had to take a half day out of his mountain vacation to find a rural town in NJ big enough to have a tire center for replacements. All four wheels are supposed to be lined up and point in the same direction. Sometimes one or more goes out of alignment and is pulling against the rest of the team. In addition to excessive tire wear, this also hurts . Part of the alignment service at Ryan’s Servicenter is an inspection of the steering and suspension components. Whatever caused the wheels to be knocked out of alignment in the first place may have also damaged important parts. So we want to be sure to replace broken or bent parts as needed. The process corrects alignment of each wheel along three axes (toe, camber and caster) as well as front to rear alignment. Your...

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

All new cars and light trucks in Lanoka Harbor, NJ since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, or ‘TPMS’. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dash. So what’s the big deal for Lanoka Harbor drivers? Well, under-inflated tires can be a real safety concern for in NJ. First of all, they don’t handle properly and that can lead to an accident. Second, under-inflated tires can overheat and cause the tire to come apart, which can also lead to an accident. Government regulations requiring TPMS systems aim to reduce accidents in NJ and save lives: A very worthy goal. There are also positive environmental effects because under-inflated tires are fuel wasters – lose 1 percent of their fuel economy for every 3 pounds of pressure below ideal. So proper tire inflation can save you a tank of gas a year. And your tires last longer so you won’t have to replace them as often. There are two kinds of TPMS systems. So-called direct systems have a battery powered sensor in each wheel that measures tire pressure. The sensor sends a signal to a receiver that illuminates the warning light if pressure is low on a tire. Indirect systems use a computer program to detect under-inflation by measuring wheel rotation speeds and other data. Lanoka Harbor drivers will have to replace TPMS parts as they wear out. Obviously, the batteries in the sensors will run out someday. Road salt and grime can damage sensors too. The system needs to be reset when you rotate or change...