7 Raymond Road, West Hartford, CT. 06107
We are located in the center of West Hartford's Blue Back Square
Your vehicle uses about 12,000 gallons of air for every gallon of fuel you burn. That's about 100 gallons of air every block. All that air needs to be filtered to keep your engine clean and your fuel economy good. If you replace your dirty engine air filter it might just pay for itself with fuel savings before your next oil change. At Modern Tire - Auto Service of West Hartford in West Hartford we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 860.233.5177 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.
The AltiMAX RT
The AltiMAX RT (Road Touring) is General Tire's Standard
Touring All-Season tire member of their AltiMAX family of
flagship tires. The AltiMAX RT was developed to address the
many challenges faced by today’s coupe, sedan, van,
crossover and SUV drivers. The AltiMAX RT is designed to
combine reliability, comfort and tread life, as well as
provide year-round traction, even in light snow.
Tune-up! Tune-up! Tune-up! Its Time
The "spark" made by your spark plug is like a tiny bolt of lightning; it's that powerful. Each time it sparks, a wee bit of material is lost from the electrodes. Over the millions and millions of sparks that happen over the thousands of miles you drive, enough material is lost from the spark plug to affect its performance. That's one reason they need to be replaced.
Don't Overlook Tire Rotation
Rotating your tires periodically is an essential part of tire maintenance. The main purpose of regularly rotating tires is to achieve more uniform wear for all tires on the vehicle. If no rotation period or pattern is to be found in your owner's documentation, rotate your tires at least every 6,000 miles and follow one of the patterns suggested below.
7 Raymond Road West Hartford, CT 06107
We are located in the center of West Hartford's Blue Back Square.
Modern Tire Special
We offer tires at competitive prices
Have you tune-up your engine recently?
we install quality NAPA replacement parts.
Just a few minutes of maintenance will keep your tires wearing evenly, improving your car's handling and overall performance.
Our technicians at MODERN TIRE Auto Center have access to the most extensive training in the automotive industry. Furthermore, we employ ASE-certified technicians for all areas of work performed.
Best Local Auto Repair
A few years ago I was driving my ’85 powder blue Dodge RAM Charger with about 80,000 miles on it. I was going up a hill in West Hartford and heard a noise like a tin can rolling down the road. I looked back and saw my drive shaft bouncing down the hill. I put it in four wheel drive and drove to my West Hartford mechanic to get it fixed. What could I have done to prevent that? [Read More]
I was on my way to work when I noticed smoke coming from my car. I pulled over and called my husband. I had to be towed to my West Hartford mechanic. He said my car had overheated. What can I do to prevent that in the future? [Read More]
When that “check engine” light come on, there’s a good reason to get worried. Even if it doesn’t leave you stranded in an unfamiliar part of town after dark it’s likely to take a bite out of your savings, especially as recent studies have indicated automotive repair costs rose by about 10 percent last year.[Read More]
It’s time to inject your automobile with a dose of anti-winter aging treatment from Grill-to-Tail. Your first step is to schedule an appointment with our shop advisors.
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We welcome your feedback and comments on our quality of work and customer service.
Online resources for recalls and other important safety tips
TIA has released Tire Safety Starts with TPMS. This is the second video in TIA's consumer education series. The first video, Tire Safety Starts with Proper Tire Repair, was released earlier this year.[Read More]
Increasingly, automotive repair and service is becoming a high-tech profession, note officials with the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Old images die hard, but yesterday's mechanics have become today's technicians, complete with hand-held computer diagnostic tools and a wall full of credentials attesting to their abilities.
In a recent poll of ASE-certified automotive technicians, over four-fifths said they used a computer on the job, more than two-thirds said they owned a computer at home, and over half said they had access to the Internet.
Cold weather can play havoc with a vehicle’s battery, threatening starting and the ability to handle winter’s increased electrical loads.
A little less than a third of the energy generated by your
car through burning fuel is converted to mechanical energy to
run your car; the rest converts to heat. Some of that heat is
blown straight out of the exhaust, but the rest heats the engine
itself. Your car’s cooling system works by moving coolant (water
plus antifreeze) through the engine, where it picks up heat, and
then passing that heated coolant through the radiator, where the
heat is transferred to the surrounding air.
The cooling system must have enough cooling capacity to cool a car under extreme conditions such as when towing a caravan or operating in scorching heat, as well as maintaining the correct engine operating temperature in extreme cold, such as on a visit to the snowfields.
A car’s basic cooling system is made up of the radiator, radiator hoses, housings and connections, water pump, heater core, thermostat and a cooling fan. Each has a different function:
- Radiator: Coolant that’s passed
through the engine is then pumped through the
radiator tubes, cooled off and continually
re-circulated through the system.
- Radiator hoses and housings: Rubber
hoses transfer the coolant fluid from one
location to another and need to be checked
regularly and replaced before they become
brittle and cracked.
- Water pump: This water pump circulates
the coolant through the system. The pump is
usually driven by either a drive belt or
sometimes by the engine’s camshaft-timing belt.
The water pump requires regular inspection for
signs of corrosion, bearing operation and seal
- Thermostat: The thermostat controls
the coolant circulation rate to ensure your
engine maintains a constant operating
temperature. If the thermostat fails to operate
correctly, it could cause increased engine wear,
poor fuel economy or even an overheated engine –
resulting in costly repairs.
- Electric cooling fan: Electric fans are used for either primary or added cooling. The fan draws air through the radiator when you aren't moving fast enough to maintain the optimum engine operating temperature. You’ll often hear the fan when parked in traffic or when the
The warning signs
Some of the signs that there are problems with your cooling system include:
- Car overheats (see engine temperature
- Puddle of (greenish or brownish) cooling fluid under the car.
Cooling system repairs
Our trained technicians will carefully examine and test each part of your cooling system and highlight any areas that require work or replacement components.
I was on my way to work when I noticed smoke coming from my car. I pulled over and called my husband. I had to be towed to my West Hartford mechanic. He said my car had overheated. What can I do to prevent that in the future?
Oh, sounds like a rough experience. Unfortunately overheating is the most common engine failure for most motorists. It’s also one of the easiest to prevent.
The basic idea is this: you need to keep enough coolant/antifreeze flowing through your pickup engine to keep it cool. Problems come for West Hartford auto owners when they develop leaks in their systems – like in the radiator or a hose – and the coolant leaks out. Sometimes the coolant gets so contaminated that it blocks up the radiator so the coolant can’t get through. Enough of that and you end up broken down on the side of the road.
Your owner’s manual recommends a schedule for coolant replacement. That’s because your coolant actually becomes corrosive over time and starts to eat away at the cooling system causing leaks or blockages. New coolant stops that process.
Ask your friendly ModernTire of West Hartford service advisor about inspecting your pickup cooling system for leaks, spongy hoses and other damage. If it’s time to replace your coolant, hoses or other cooling system parts, have it done right away at ModernTire of West Hartford in West Hartford. Prevention at ModernTire of West Hartford is the key.