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What Do the Numbers on a Tire Mean?

What Do the Numbers on a Tire Mean?

Many car owners ask the question, “What do the numbers on my tires mean?” There is a lot of information printed on the side wall of every tire. This week, we’ll be examining an often overlooked set of tire number meanings. Your tire’s birth date or “tire birthday” is the approximate time that the tire was manufactured, and it's very important information to know when it comes to maintaining your vehicle. Read on to learn more about your tire’s numbers. Locating and Reading the Birth Date The tire birth date is not really a specific date, but rather the week and year the tire was manufactured. You can find it by locating a set of numbers that begins with “DOT." This string of letters and numbers will end with 3 or 4 numbers. For instance, your tire’s numbers might read DOT DA07 JN2S 4212. That last number, 4212, is the “birthdate”. The first half of the numbers, “42," indicates that the tire was made ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Best Go-Kart Racing Venues in San Diego

Best Go-Kart Racing Venues in San Diego

A fun, safe way to hone your competitive driving skills is to try out some good old go kart racing. When it comes to providing fast, speedy action, nothing really beats indoor and outdoor go-karts. Go-karts have advanced to become quicker, more maneuverable, and safer than ever before, making them a great option for adults and children alike. Whether you’re a car enthusiast looking to work on your close-quarters maneuvering, or a novice just looking for some plain all-out fun, go kart racing is the thing to do these days. Here are a few of San Diego’s best go-kart racing venues for you to check out this weekend! K-1 Speed 1709 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92101   K-1 Speed is one of San Diego’s premier indoor go-kart venues. They have a beautiful quarter-mile track with lots of turns to keep you on your toes the entire time. Their indoor electric go-karts rate at 20 hp, and can reach spe ... read more

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Auto Industry

The Dangers of Distracted Driving: What You Can Do To Be A Safer Driver

The Dangers of Distracted Driving: What You Can Do To Be A Safer Driver

Next to drunk driving, distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents and injuries on the road. With the the introduction of smartphones, drivers are now facing more temptations on the road than ever before. However, distracted driving doesn’t just include cell phone use while driving; it can include several other forms of distraction, as well. The more you understand about distracted driving, the safer you’ll be as a driver. Read on to learn what you can do to prevent driving while distracted. Understanding Distracted Driving: Types of Distractions The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies distractions into three main categories. Knowing these categories can help you understand exactly what types of dangers a distraction can create. These three categories of distractions are: Visual: Anything that causes you to take your eyes ... read more

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Safety

7 Super Fun Automotive Jobs

7 Super Fun Automotive Jobs

Many people don’t realize just how expansive the automobile industry is. It encompasses a very wide range of professions and jobs, and overlaps with so many other industries. Landing a job in the automotive industry can be extremely fun and rewarding, and requires a combination of different skills and talents. Here’s a list of 7 super fun automotive jobs to consider. 1) Classic Car Restoration This is a niche field, but thanks to all the TV car restoration shows, more people are getting involved. It can be fun and rewarding to take a junky car and transform it. What does this job require? An “eye” for spotting the promising cars that might make a good restoration. If you hone in on that ability, the entire process makes for a satisfying and entertaining career. 2) Car Designer Designing a car requires an ability to combine beauty and functional physics. It’s one thing to design a stationary building; it’s another thing to design a working, movin ... read more

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Auto Industry

How to Maximize Your Electric Vehicle's Range

How to Maximize Your Electric Vehicle's Range

Electric cars are becoming common on the road as people make the switch from fuel to electric. While fully electric vehicles don’t consume any fuel, they still have a rating that is similar to miles per gallon for gas-powered vehicles. Some manufacturers use a converted scale equivalent for electric vehicles (MPGe), while others speak of “miles per charge." Generally speaking, “miles per charge” is also known as the car’s “range”, and helps owners to think in terms of distance traveled in between charges. This gives the driver a better ability to plan out her trips and charges to avoid running out of battery charge. Of course, some electric cars have better range than others. However, there are some factors that can affect the vehicle’s range. Here are a few ways you can maximize your electric vehicle’s range. Plan Your Route Certain driving conditions and road layouts can cause your car to drain quickly. For instance, windy ... read more

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Fuel Economy

6 Factors That Could Affect a Smog Test

6 Factors That Could Affect a Smog Test

Passing a smog test is important to ensure that your car conforms with vehicle laws. It’s also better for both your car’s performance and for the environment when your car is up to state smog standards. Many people don’t know that there are several factors that can affect the outcome of a smog test. This is especially true for older vehicles or vehicles that haven’t been used in a long time. Read on to learn six factors that could drastically affect your car’s smog test outcome.   Repairs Needed If your car needs immediate repairs, you should not subject it to a smog check. There is a very high likelihood that the car will fail the smog test entirely if major repairs are needed. Complete major engine repairs before bringing your car in for the smog inspection. This will increase the car’s likelihood of passing drastically.   Cold Engine It’s not a good idea to do a smog inspection on a car with a co ... read more

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Exhaust

Fleet Maintenance Basics- Keeping Company Vehicles in Working Order

Fleet Maintenance Basics- Keeping Company Vehicles in Working Order

Fleet maintenance is one of the most important aspects of operating a business. A company’s fleet of working vehicles should always be in working order and ready to go when needed. If even just one vehicle is not working properly, it could cause a whole host of problems. This week, we’ll be focusing on some basic steps you can take to ensure that your business’ fleet is in good shape. Even if you don’t operate a business, you should consider the cars you own for personal use as your “fleet”, and you can still apply the tips below to your own cars. Read on to learn what you can do to maintain your vehicles and prevent issues from arising unexpectedly.   Why Fleet Maintenance is Important An improperly maintained fleet can cause a whole host of issues for your business. These include: Delayed deliveries or pick-ups Problems with transporting employees Decreased fuel efficiency (this can be costly!) Increased risk of an accident while dri ... read more

Best Gyms in Kearny Mesa for Your New Year's Fitness Resolution

Best Gyms in Kearny Mesa for Your New Year's Fitness Resolution

The New Year is the time to start good habits and set all new goals. For most people, their top resolution is to get into shape and be more fit. This is an excellent resolution, as staying active and healthy will pay off in many other areas of life. Kearny Mesa is known for having some of the best gyms and exercise facilities in San Diego. Now’s the time to get started on a new fitness program! Here are some of the best gyms in Kearny Mesa near us here at Convoy Auto Repair. CrossFit ATR 4250 Pepsi Dr. CrossFit has gained popularity as an effective means of getting into shape. It involves intense workouts consisting of mixed exercises (cardio, sprints, agility drills, weights, etc.). The workouts are called “WOD’s”—Workout of the Day—and change on a daily basis to keep your body guessing. CrossFit ATR in Kearny Mesa is a great place to join if you want to get into CrossFit this year. The ATR (&l ... read more

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Neighborhood

Here's Why Tire Pressure Matters

Here's Why Tire Pressure Matters

Tires are one of the most important parts of your car when it comes to performance and safety. Thus, it’s crucial that your tires are always in working order and properly maintained. In particular, tire pressure is one of the most overlooked aspects of tire maintenance. Normal tires may lose up to 1 PSI per month under regular driving conditions. Therefore, you should check your tire pressure at least once a month to ensure that they’re inflated to the recommended PSI. For your information, let’s see why tire pressure matters so much for your car’s overall operation. Dangers of Driving with Under-Inflated Tires Driving on under-inflated tires can create a whole host of different problems for the tires and for overall performance. Lower tire pressure can cause the tire to bend and build up internal heat. Having the tires deflated by as little as 5 or 6 PSI below the recommended pressure (20% below) can result in problems such as: Reduced fuel economy Loss of s ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Cars with the Best and Worst Gas Mileage

Cars with the Best and Worst Gas Mileage

When purchasing a vehicle, one of the first things people look at is the gas mileage they can get. This is especially important for people who have to commute long distances every day. In the past, car buyers often focused on other aspects of automobiles like safety or performance. These factors are still important, but nowadays, high gas prices and environmental concerns have caused us all to be more fuel-conscious. As the new year rolls in, many people have made resolutions to commit to greener lifestyle. To help you make more informed decisions, here’s some info on cars with the best and worst gas mileage.   Vehicles with the Worst Fuel Ratings As has always been the case, the vehicles with the worst gas mileage tend to be larger cars, trucks, and vans. Check out the numbers on some of these 2015 models: Nissan Armada (12 city/18 highway) Nissan Titan (12/17) Lexus LS570 ( ... read more

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Fuel Economy
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