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.
Check out our promotional page and take advantage of the discount coupons on goods and services at your next service visit to Modern Tire of West Hartford.
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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.
Wheels are aligned with specific settings for toe-in and toe-out, positive and negative camber, and positive and negative castor. Each vehicle model can have different settings. Poor alignment affects your handling and causes your tires to wear very quickly.
Service Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are electronic systems that monitor the tire pressures on individual wheels on a vehicle, and alert the driver when the pressure goes below a warning limit. There are several types of designs to monitor tire pressure. Some actually measure the air pressure, and some make indirect measurements, such as gauging when the relative size of the tire changes due to lower air pressure.
Service and Mount High Performance Tires
High performance and dynamic drivers often increase the tire
pressure to near the maximum pressure as printed on the
sidewall. This is done to sacrifice comfort for performance and
safety. A tire at higher pressure is more inclined to keep its
shape during any encounter, and will thus transmit the forces of
the road to the suspension, rather than being damaged itself.
This allows for an increased reaction speed, and "feel" the
driver perceives of the road. Modern tire designs allow for
minimal tire contact surface deformity during high pressures,
and as a result the traditional wear on the center of the tire
due to reasonably high pressures is only known to very old or
poorly designed tires.
It may be, that very high tire pressures have only two downsides: The sacrifice in comfort; and the increased chance of obtaining a puncture when driving over sharp objects, such as on a newly scraped gravel road. Many individuals have maintained their tire pressures at the maximum side wall printed value (inflated when cold) for the entire lifetime of the tire, with perfect wear until the end. This may be of negative economic value to the rubber and tire companies, as high tire pressures decrease wear, and minimize side wall blow outs.
Service and Mount Low Pressure Tires
It is dangerous to allow tire pressure to drop below the
specification recommended on the vehicle placard. Low pressure
increases the amount of tire wall movement resulting from
cornering forces. Should a low-pressure tire be forced to
perform an evasive maneuver, the tire wall will be more pliable
than it would have been at normal pressure and thus it will
"roll" under the wheel. This increases the entire roll movement
of the car, and diminishes tire contact area on the negative
side of the vector. Thus only half the tire is in contact with
the road, and the tire may deform to such an extent that the
side wall on the positive vector side becomes in contact with
the road. The probability of failing in the emergency maneuver
is thus increased. When driving on sand or in deep snow, tire
pressure is sometimes lowered to reduce the chance of bogging
Furthermore, the tire will absorb more of the irregular forces of normal driving. With this constant bending of the side wall as it absorbs the contours of the road, it heats up the tire wall to possibly dangerous temperatures. Additionally, this flexing degrades the steel wire reinforcement; this often leads to side wall blow-outs.
Low pressure tires can be subject to pinching. If the vehicle drives into a pot-hole, the side wall can temporarily collapse, thereby pinching the tire between the steel wheel and road. The can result in a tire laceration and blow-out, as well as a damaged wheel.
Feathering occurs on the junction between the tire tread and side wall, as a result of too low tire pressures. This is as a result of the inability of the tire to perform appropriately during cornering forces, leading to aberrant and shearing forces on the feathering area. This is due to the tire moving sideways underneath the wheel as the tire pressures are insufficient to transmit the forces to the wheel and suspension.