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Porter Tire & Auto Tech Question On Your Transmission

auto advice Olive HillPorter Tire & Auto Tech Question:
My name is Suzanne. We were taking a camping trip at our favorite KY state park over a three day weekend. About half way to our campsite, the transmission went out on our family car. It took all weekend to get towed out and get back home.

What can I do to prevent transmission problems in the future?

Porter Tire & Auto Answer:
Transmission repairs can be expensive at Olive Hill auto service centers. On top of that poor Suzanne was in the KY backcountry. Her vacation weekend turned into three days of car repairs.

Look, family car transmissions are tough and durable. All you have to do to maintain them is replace the fluid on schedule. The fluid gets contaminated with bits of clutch plates and metal. Dirty transmission fluid under pressure acts like liquid sandpaper, eating away at important gaskets and seals. Then your transmission doesn’t shift as well. It can start to leak and overheat. And then you could end up like Suzanne.

Another thing: if you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on Olive Hill highways, your transmission is working much harder and running hotter than under normal conditions. Your transmission fluid may need to be changed sooner. Check your family car owner’s manual for your severe service schedule or talk with your caring Porter Tire & Auto technician about when you should have your transmission serviced.

Olive Hill car owners who do a lot of towing may want to consider adding an external transmission cooler to reduce transmission operating temperatures and extend its life.

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Porter Tire & Auto
18361 West US 60
Olive Hill, KY 41164

At Porter Tire & Auto in Olive Hill KY (41164) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 606.286.4484. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Porter Tire & Auto Tech Question On Your Check Engine Light

auto diagnostics Olive HillPorter Tire & Auto Tech Question:
I’m Alex. My Check Engine Light came on in my family car. I’ve tried several things to make it go off but nothing has worked. What should I do?

Porter Tire & Auto Answer:
Like Alex, most of us Olive Hill car owners have experienced a check engine light coming on suddenly. We’re frustrated because we don’t know why.

Of course that’s perfectly understandable: There are hundreds of reasons for the check engine light to come on – and there’s only one light.

Alex said she tried several things to get the light to go off – but it didn’t work. Her goal was to get the light to turn off. I would suggest that the goal should be to find out what caused the light to come on in the first place – and fix it.

You can search the internet and find millions sites with tricks to get your family car check engine light to turn off. But what good does that do – whatever caused the light to come on is still wrong. Not getting to the bottom of the problem can lead to other problems for Olive Hill motorists – some minor and some more serious (and expensive).

Your caring Porter Tire & Auto service specialist can get you started down the road of properly diagnosing the problem and getting it repaired – try him first next time.

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Porter Tire & Auto
18361 West US 60
Olive Hill, KY 41164

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Tire Swing Memories

You can always count on Porter’s Tire & Auto Service to provide you with quality auto care and tires to help take you and your family from POINT A to POINT B…even when POINT B is found only in the imagination of a child or memory of that child all grown up.


A poem by Zach McClure

He gazed across
The wind-swept meadow
To a lone tree
Standing there

Its jagged, silhouette
Surrendered ‘neath
A sky more firey embered
Than his flaming hair
Which crowned him then

But it was neither tree nor sky
That stole his youthful eye.
It was the tire swing
Whispering, promising,
“With-me, you can fly!”

The boy lept across the meadow
Like a deer panting for water,
Till at last
He climbed aboard his dream.
His round, black, holed
Flying machine.

Then, holding tight,
And bending to and fro
With all his might
Began to drive
Began to glide against
The sinking sun
Till it was night outside

Across the starry littered sky
Beneath the moon’s soft lullaby
Ascending ever higher
Make believing
He’s a flyer,
He smiles,
As he tips a wing.
He is an aviator.
He is the sky king!
And all because of one,
Old tire swing.

The Maintenance Mindset: Full-Service Oil Change At Porter Tire & Auto

Full-Service Oil Change CarterCarter people generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance: their teeth, clothes, yards and so on, but KY car owners often don’t apply the idea of maintenance to their vehicles.

If you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our important lesson and start to take better care of things.

Unfortunately, Olive Hill people too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they bring their vehicle to Porter Tire & Auto on a tow truck. So many times, a little routine maintenance would have prevented an expensive breakdown.

So how do Olive Hill car owners get into the habit of taking care of their family cars? It’s so easy to forget; not like cutting the grass which you see it every time you pull in the driveway.

Here’s something that will help: The key to good family car maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change in Olive Hill, your caring Porter Tire & Auto service specialist will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason why. If your serpentine belt is worn, he’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they’ve got you covered. And they’ll check to see if your manufacturer has recommended any important services at your current mileage.

The oil change becomes kind of a focal point, a way to check in to see what needs to be done.

The fact is that vehicle inspection surveys consistently reveal that over 80% of vehicles have one or more unperformed repair or maintenance service. Vehicles are generally very reliable and can take a lot of abuse and neglect – but you can only press your luck so long.

So when you come into Porter Tire & Auto for an oil change, you get a visual inspection of your car and a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure. And remember that your service specialist can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan for your family car, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe, and avoid expensive breakdowns.

In addition to full-service oil changes, at Porter Tire & Auto we also offer battery service, PCV valve replacement and windshield treatment.

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Porter Tire & Auto
18361 West US 60
Olive Hill, KY 41164

At Porter Tire & Auto in Olive Hill KY (41164) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 606.286.4484. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

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Tire Review: Goodyear Eagles Are Like Track Shoes For Your Car

I’ve recently been getting a crash course in tires and have been fortunate enough to attend a few ride-and-drive events to test out a few of the new tires on the market, including a recent event hosted by Goodyear to introduce and test out their new all-season Eagle Sport tires. What an eye-opening experience! I had no idea how much I didn’t know.

Goodyear-eagle-sport-all-season-tire-testTires affect everything from fuel efficiency and handling to braking distances and ride quality. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, its ultimate road performance is determined Continue reading