Driving in Winter Weather ConditionsPreemptive action goes a long way when dealing with automotive issues, especially when we’re talking about Northwest Indiana winters. Taking the time to prepare your car for snow storms, icy roads, and below-zero temperatures goes a long way toward protecting you, your passengers, and your auto investment. However, it’s not the simplest of projects. If you’re unsure of how to prepare your car for winter, trust Levin Tire to help! We proudly serve drivers throughout Northwest Indiana, whether you need an oil change, exhaust inspection, or new tires, we can help.

Key Areas to Focus On

Cold weather is pretty unforgiving on your vehicle. During pre-winter preparation, it really pays to give special special attention to the following areas:

  • Tires: Uneven tread depth affects your vehicle’s stability and traction control. Coming to one of our northwest Indiana locations for tire rotation promotes a more uniform pattern and tread depth. Also, during the harsh winter months, be sure to check tire pressure weekly.
  • Brakes: On icy, slippery roads, your brakes are your best friend. So, if you’ve been thinking of getting new brakes or brake pads, do so before winter hits.
  • Antifreeze: Failing to clean, flush, and replace coolant can cause an engine to overheat, even in freezing weather. Ideally, coolant should be replaced at least once every two years.
  • Oil and Filters: Clean oil and filters are necessities no matter the season. Levin Tire’s skilled technicians will happily change your oil regularly, as well as evaluate your car’s filters.
  • Exhaust System: During winter, the threat of carbon monoxide leaks is greater than ever. Scheduling an exhaust system inspection before winter is the best to ensure you and your passengers are safe.
  • Wiper Blades: Replacing wiper blades and fluid routinely is a smart way to stay safe on the road. This way, if you’re caught in a sudden snow storm, you’ll have a clear view of the road ahead.

To stay ahead of the curve, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable technicians!

We Look Forward to Serving You!

With multiple locations throughout northwest Indiana, Levin Tire is your one-stop-shop for dependable automotive and tire services. We know what it takes to keep your car road-ready year-round. Contact us to learn more about how to prepare your car for winter!

Dirty Air Filter ReplacementThe high temperatures and long days of summer can be hard on a car, and because this is road trip season you want to make sure your car is performing at its peak and that it’s ready to take you hundreds of miles down the road. Follow these summer car care tips from Levin Tire & Service Center to avoid the most common kinds of problems and remember we offer auto repair in Northwest Indiana whenever you need it.

  • Measure Your Tire Pressure: Under-inflated tires are vulnerable to blow outs and can lead to lower fuel economy, while overinflated tires can lead to hydroplaning. Make sure all four tires are properly inflated, and be sure to check the spare, too.
  • Change Your Oil and Filter: Before you head out on a long trip, have your oil changed so that you know for sure your reservoir is topped off and you have clean oil in the engine.
  • Inspect Hoses and Belts: If your hoses and belts fail, your radiator can't function and your car will overheat. Check each component for cracks, leaks, and loose connections. After that, have a professional replace anything that looks worn out.
  • Swap Out the Air Filter: Winter months can be hard on an air filter, and when yours is particularly clogged and dirty it will lower your fuel efficiency. During the summer, visually inspect the filter have it replaced if it’s dirty.
  • Replace Your Windshield Wipers: Severe storms are common during summer months, and you don't want to get caught in the rain with ineffective wiper blades. If yours are old, cracked, or leaving streaks on the windshield, replace them.
  • Check the Coolant and Radiator: If your car runs too hot it can quickly destroy your engine, especially in the heat of summer. Check your coolant levels, inspect all hoses and connections, and examine your radiator for damage. Every two years have the system flushed and the coolant replaced.
  • Clean Your Battery: Summer is even harder on your battery than winter. Unhook the cables and clean the connections and terminals thoroughly.
  • Maintain Your AC: For most of us, air conditioning is essential during the summer months. If your AC can't consistently cool the cabin to 10 degrees below the outside temperature, you are likely leaking refrigerant and need to see a mechanic.

Rely on Levin Tire for Your Summer Car Care

If you would like to have a professional help you get your car ready for summer, rely on the team at Levin Tire. Visit one of our seven locations in Northwest Indiana

Brake RepairsA car with bad brakes is not fit to drive on any road under any conditions. Not only do you present a hazard to yourself and your passengers, but also to other cars and pedestrians around you. That's why you need to pay attention to how well your brakes are performing and get your pads replaced as soon as you notice something’s off. Consult this quick guide to ensure your brakes are always as strong as they need to be, and always rely on Levin Tire for brake service if needed.

When Should I Replace My Brakes?

Replacing your brakes depends on how much you drive and what kind of driving you do. In general, if you drive less frequently and mostly along flat highways, your brakes will last a lot longer than if you are constantly commuting through a city where you start and stop regularly. Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules dictating when you should get your brakes replaced.

Are There Signs My Brakes Need to Be Replaced?

There are, and since strict guidelines on brake replacement don’t exist, you will need to pay close attention to your car’s performance. Nowadays, most cars have wear sensors built into the brakes that create a loud screeching sound when brake pressure is applied. If you hear this sound, it's a clear sign you're due for a brake job. You should also listen for squeaks, squeals, and grinding sounds coming from your brakes. Other warning signals include a pulsation coming through the brake pedal, and longer braking distances than normal. A good policy to abide by is to ask your technician to inspect your brakes while they can get a good look during routine tire rotations.

Stay on Top of Brake Replacement with Levin Tire

If you have any reason to suspect that your brakes aren’t functioning properly, seek out the help of a professional immediately, and don't put off your brake replacement for long. The more you wait, the worse your brakes will get, and the more expensive the replacement job becomes. Make it easy: When you need help with your brakes, visit one of the seven auto repair locations in Northwest Indiana.

Auto repair appointmentsWe’ve heard your feedback and have upgraded our website to accommodate online appointments!

You can now make appointments online for select services at all seven of our locations throughout Northwest Indiana.

  • Tire balance with rotation
  • Oil change
  • Oil change with tire rotation
  • Tire Rotation
  •  Tire Balance

Each of these services takes an hour or less, so you can work them into your day whenever it’s convenient for you. 

To make an appointment online, just select the Levin Tire & Service Center location near you and click “Schedule Appointment Now.” Then choose the service you’d like to book, select an open day, then choose your preferred appointment time and click “Book it.”

The first time you book an online appointment, the system will take you through the process of creating a new user log in, during which you can include special instructions and even sign up for text reminders for your appointments.

We still happily accept walk-ins too. So if you’re on your way somewhere and notice something doesn’t seem right or you just remembered it’s time for an oil change, stop by and see us.

Make your next service appointment online today!

New Tires When to PurchaseFall is right around the corner, and this is the perfect time to check the tread on your tires. The best time to purchase new tires is in the month of October. Many tire manufacturers offer special pricing to encourage people to get new tires before the winter weather hits.

Even if you don’t need a specific winter tire, buying new tires in the fall will ensure that you have enough traction to safely navigate the season’s slick streets.

Not sure if you need new tires? Check this article for a few tips, or stop by your local Levin Tire & Service Center. We’ll take a quick look and make sure your tread looks good. If everything checks out okay today, just check your tread depth every month. The next best time to buy new tires is in April.

Pro Tip: Modern vehicle suspension technology is designed to work best with four matching tires. If you can swing it, replace all of your tires at once to get the longest drive life out of all of them, and have your tires rotated and balanced at every other oil change.