Driving around Littleton and getting a flat tire can be both frustrating and inconvenient. Often, people are too busy to get a flat fixed and continue to keep filling it with air for as long as they can. While riding around on a flat is not advised, using spare ties as a safety net can be your best option. However, how long you can drive on a spare tire depends on a few factors.
Difference Between Spare Tire and Regular Tire
Temporary tires are different than your everyday regular tires. Because of how the two types of tires are made is so different makes their life span very different as well. Spare tires are usually composed of one thin layer of polyester in the sidewall and two belts of steel in the tread. This causes them to not have the same durability as regular tires take during beatings from the road.
Spare Tire Basics
The most common choice of spare tire is called a “donut,” or “space saver.” These tires are small, compact, and lightweight and are easy to store and install. Typically, you can expect to get between 50-70 miles on a spare tire and have limited top speeds of 55 mph. While that puts some limitations on you, it should be an ample amount of time to get in to a reputable auto repair or tire shop for a patch or to replace your regular tire.
Full Size Spare Tire
Some cars come with a full-size spare tire. While they take up more room, they are much more stable than donuts. Also, be aware that you’ll get more mileage out of full-size spares, but the treads are likely different than the rest of your tires which could cause some rough handling.
Fix Your Flat Tire
The bottom line is that when you get a flat tire, it is imperative that you get it patched or replaced as soon as you can. The last thing you want to do is run your regular tire as well as your spare tire into the ground. While spare tires are a blessing for emergencies, they are not good long-term solutions.
Spring has officially arrived in Littleton! As we look forward to sunny days and road trips, it’s important to remember that changing seasons mean changing conditions for your vehicle. As we wrap up National Car Care Month, take time to make sure your vehicle is prepared for spring: 1. Antifreeze Antifreeze isn’t only important during freezing winter nights. This fluid, also known as coolant, prevents the engine from overheating all year! As temperatures rise during the spring, make sure the coolant and cooling system are working properly. 2. A/C temperature and check As the days get warmer in Colorado, you’re more likely to turn on the air conditioning in the spring and summer. Problems may have appeared during the winter while you weren’t using the a/c. Make sure the system is tested and ready to keep you cool and comfortable on the …… ( more )
March is National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts this campaign each year to draw attention to the importance of food choices and habits to live a healthy life. But for many in our community, simply getting a nutritious meal can be challenging. One in six seniors faces the threat of hunger. Which is why TLC Meals on Wheels is committed to serving the people in our community healthy meals every day! TLC Meals on Wheels serves individuals in Littleton and Englewood, encompassing 95 square miles and delivering approximately 400 meals per day. Learn more about the meal delivery program here. In addition to their meal delivery program, TLC Meals on Wheels also provides a grocery program for clients in need. They currently serve 135 people with 2 bags of nonperishable groceries on the 2nd Saturday of …… ( more )
When the check engine light comes on in your vehicle, bring it into Keller Bros. Auto Repair right away! You should always treat this light seriously, but it doesn’t always mean expensive repairs. There are many reasons the check engine light could appear on your dashboard. Here are five common reasons that the check engine light comes on: Oxygen Sensor. When fuel is moved into the engine, it is combined with air. This sensor make sure it operates at the correct ratio of fuel and air. When the ratio is incorrect, you may see a significant drop in your gas mileage. Don’t ignore an issue with the oxygen sensor – it may cause more damage to the engine or catalytic converter. Gas Cap. A common mistake, like leaving the gas cap too lose after filling your tank, can trigger this light. …… ( more )
For many drivers, a check engine light can cause instant panic. There are many reasons for this dashboard warning light to appear. That means uncertainty – what is the problem, how bad is it, and what should I do? Don’t Ignore a Check Engine Light! This warning light appears for a reason, and ignoring it could lead to much more extensive damage, in some cases causing thousands of dollars in engine repairs. But addressing early could instead mean simple maintenance. Our auto repair experts can diagnose the problem and get you back on the road safely – call our Littleton auto repair shop at 303-347-1010. If your check engine light is flashing, find a safe place to pull over as soon as possible. Flashing warning lights should be taken seriously. Flashing usually indicates a problem where the safety of the vehicle …… ( more )
To spread the joy and love of the Christmas season, Keller Bros. is giving a special Christmas gift to two local families. At the beginning of this month, we asked our customers to tell us the story of a family who you believe deserves a special blessing this holiday season. We wanted to know about your neighbors, friends, and church members who touch your hearts. The nominations you submitted touched our hearts, and we’re honored to support both families during this holiday season. A single mom with two young girls was nominated by her sister. Between full days at work and struggling to manage multiple responsibilities, her sister wanted to make the holidays extra special for her and the girls. “She loves so fiercely and is one of the hardest workers I know,” said her sister. “She and her two …… ( more )
Today, I’m excited to announce the winners of the Keller Bros. Customer Appreciation Drawing! Every guest who visited Keller Bros. during November received a ticket to be entered into a drawing for one of 8 prizes. From all of the tickets we received, we drew 8 winners! Night on the Town! This special package includes dinner at Angelo’s Taverna, dessert at the Melting Pot, and a movie for two at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema! Winner: Travis Ryan Avalanche Tickets! Win two tickets for the January 14 Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators game – club level seats! Winner: Dan Lebel Dinner and Movie! Experience a movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema with two tickets, popcorn, and drinks. Winner: Tina Shoemaker Keller Bros. Gift Certificate! Two winners will receive a $50 gift certificate for any vehicle service. Winners: Kathy Golding & Eddie Mullison …… ( more )
Have you heard the news? November is Customer Appreciation Month at Keller Bros. Auto Repair! All month long, we’re finding ways to show you our appreciation, from Thursday morning breakfast to special savings and gifts. There are so many ways to join the celebration, but I want to make sure you don’t miss one thing we’re very excited about… Keller Bros. Customer Appreciation Giveaway! Every guest who visits Keller Bros. this month will receive a ticket to be entered into a drawing for one of 8 prizes. No purchase required! Simply stop by the shop and ask for your ticket. You’ll have a chance to win: Night on the Town! This special package includes dinner, dessert, and a movie for two! Avalanche Tickets! Win two tickets for the January 14 Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators game – club level seats! Dinner …… ( more )
Fall in Littleton means unpredictable weather, changing road conditions, the first snow storms, and winter preparations. It also means new challenges for drivers, especially those new to our state who are not familiar with winter driving. Make sure your family and your vehicle is prepared before the first storm of the season. Defroster/Heater – When you get in your car in the cold fall mornings, test your heater by turning it on high. Make sure the defroster setting works, with air flow reaching the windshield. If air flow appears blocked or it takes too long to warm the inside of your car, bring it in to Keller Bros. for a heating system inspection. Not only does a broken heating system leave you cold in your car, it can be a safety hazard if you can’t defrost your windshield! Battery – …… ( more )
It is officially Fall in Littleton! Which means before we know it, sunny summer days will turn to unpredictable fall conditions. Ask yourself now, before the first storm hits Littleton, “Is my car ready for winter weather?” To help keep you and your family safe this fall, we’ve put together this list of tips to get your car ready for Fall! Tire pressure – As temperatures drop, your tire pressure can lose as much as 1 psi for every 10 degree change. Keep a pressure gauge in your glove box and check your tire pressure at home. If you’re not sure what the recommended tire pressure is for your vehicle, call us at 303-347-1010. Proper tire pressure improves fuel efficiency! Tire tread – Check your tire tread too! Your tire becomes legally bald when tread falls below 2/32 of an inch, but …… ( more )