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Autonomous Vehicles - Accelerated Tire Wear

Recently, Business Insider published an article about yet another negative of the autonomous vehicles. As we get more acquainted with them, it turns out they suffer from accelerated tire wear. Autonomous vehicles are typically built on the electric vehicle platform, to make a true “futuristic” car. But the immediate torque that occurs with electric vehicles results in much faster tire wear than with regular cars. So owners of autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles, in general, will need to get used to replacing tires more frequently. To partially alleviate this problem, tire manufacturers are planning to outfit tires with new sensors, to warn owners when the tire needs to be replaced. This is similar to the TPMS sensors that currently warn us when tires are under-inflated. Tires in the future will be smart enough to tell us when they need to be replaced. But current tires are not that smart yet, so for the time being, if you are not quite sure if your tires need to be ... read more

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Tires

Goodbye Volkswagen Beetle

Whether you loved the original Volkswagen Beetle or the New Beetle, we are sad to report that Volkswagen decided that 2019 will be the last year that Volkswagen New Beetle will be produced. At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz we will continue to maintain and repair your Volkswagen, and at this point in time, we do not foresee any problems with parts availability. Introduced in 1998, the New Beetle was a worthy successor to the original Beetle. Unfortunately, sales declined during the last few years, and Volkswagen management decided to discontinue production.   But just because Volkswagen decided to discontinue New Beetle does not mean you should not own one.  There are plenty of pre-owned vehicles available for purchase. Should you decide to buy one, we highly recommend a comprehensive Volkswagen pre-purchase inspection. Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair on Water Street can inspect the vehicle BEFORE you complete the purchase, and provide you with a detailed repo ... read more

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Auto Repair

Car Noises - Is Your Car Trying to Tell You Something?

Car Noises – Is Your Car Trying to Tell You Something? Even though we don’t think about it, we are very much attuned to the sounds our car makes – that’s why we instantly notice when it “sounds different”. Sometimes it’s a one-time event – it goes away not to return – this usually is not a cause for concern (unless it’s a loud bang). But if your car starts to sound strange, especially if you are hearing unusual noises from the engine area – it’s time to take it to your trusted mechanic for a checkup. Santa Cruz Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair employs ASE nationally certified technicians who have the skills and the latest equipment necessary to diagnose and fix problems your vehicle may be experiencing. Here are some of the noises that should motivate you to set up an appointment: clunking when braking, grinding manual transmission when shifting, rattles beneath the vehicle, knocking from the en ... read more

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Auto Repair
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