Your wheel bearings may be something to which you've never given a thought while driving around Slidell LA. 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 Slidell LA service technician at Advantage Tire Wheel & accessories 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.

Let's talk about the service schedules for Slidell drivers. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.

At Advantage Tire Wheel & accessories in Slidell, we have a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked. They're all very important for Slidell and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.

When someone mentions diesels around Slidell – images of smoky, rattly trucks may spring to mind. The fact is that the modern clean diesel engine is much more refined than in the old days. Sure, diesel engines remain a very popular choice with heavy duty pick-up truck drivers in Slidell, but they are finding their way into nearly every segment of the LA automotive market. Why is that? Well, its science.

Diesel fuel contains more energy than the same amount of gasoline. So it takes less diesel fuel to do the same amount of work as gas – so Slidell diesel drivers get more miles per gallon and lower emissions. In Europe, where fuel is very expensive and high mileage is very , around half of passenger vehicles are powered by diesel engines. This goes for small economy cars all the way up to the world's most luxury vehicles.

Hello Slidell resident, let's talk fuel filters. The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles use fuel filters.

Generally speaking there's not a lot of dirt in the fuel supply, but there is enough that Slidell residents want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That's because dirt, rust and contaminates will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After a car is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.

It's no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in the Slidell area if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That's called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other.

Something that you won't notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around Slidell when you're out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly.. That's because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you're constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip from the Slidell area – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road.

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