Category Archives: Vehicle Maintenance

When was the last time you thought about your tires?

When it comes to our vehicles, we often only think about the things that are the most important to us – like making sure it’s running well and that it’s safe for us to drive. We don’t always think about the smaller details, like making sure our tires are in good condition. But just like with everything else on our car, maintaining our tires is important. We’ll discuss some of the ways to keep your tires in great shape.

When was the last time you had a proper wheel alignment done on your vehicle? A wheel alignment can insure your tires are wearing properly, and can also help with fuel economy. If you can’t remember the last time your vehicle had a wheel alignment, or if you notice your vehicle pulling to one side while driving, it’s probably time to get one!

When your tires are wearing properly, it helps your car handle better on the road. This is due to the fact that when your tires have proper tread, they grip the road better and provide stability for your vehicle. This is especially important in wet or icy conditions, when grip is essential for safety. Worn tires can also cause your car to vibrate, which can be extremely uncomfortable and dangerous.

Are your tires inflated property? If not, you could be sacrificing fuel economy and putting unnecessary stress on your tires. It’s important to check your tire pressure regularly, and to inflate them to the proper psi. You can find this information in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, or on the sticker inside your driver’s side door.

Tire rotation is also important in maintaining your tires. This helps to evenly distribute wear and tear on all four tires, and can help them last longer. Most mechanics recommend that you rotate your tires every 5000 miles or so. Tires aren’t cheap, so this is a great way to save money in the long run!

When, rotating your tires, it’s also important to make sure your wheels are properly balanced as well. When your wheels are out of balance , it can cause your vehicle to vibrate, which as we mentioned before, is uncomfortable and dangerous. It’s important to get your wheels balanced every time you rotate your tires.

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into maintaining your vehicle’s tires. It’s more than just making sure they’re inflated – it’s about keeping them properly aligned, rotated, and balanced. All of these things are important in making sure your car runs well and is safe to drive. So next time you’re thinking about your vehicle, don’t forget about your tires! They deserve some love too.

Want to save a few bucks on gas?

As we all know, the price of gas is out of control right now and increasing every day. While we can’t control the gas prices, there are many things we can do to increase our vehicle’s gas mileage and save a few bucks… every little bit helps!

  1. Tire Inflation – One of the best ways to increase your gas mileage is by properly inflating your tires. It may not seem like much, but underinflated tires can decrease your mileage by up to three percent! Make sure you check your tire pressure at least once a month and inflate them to the level recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
  2. Tune Ups – Another way to improve your gas mileage is by keeping your car tuned up. A well-tuned engine will run more efficiently and use less gas. You should get a tune-up at least once a year, or every 15,000 miles – whichever comes first.
  3. Lose the Junk in the Trunk – Did you know extra weight in your car can decrease your mileage? It’s true! So, if you’re hauling around a lot of unnecessary junk in the trunk, it’s time to clean it out. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this can make.
  4. Slow and Steady – Driving slower can actually help you save on gas. The faster you drive, the more fuel your car uses. So, if you’re in no hurry, take it easy on the accelerator and enjoy the scenery. You’ll get there eventually – and use less gas in the process!
  5. Fuel Up in the Morning – Gas stations don’t raise their prices until the afternoon , so if you can, fill up your tank in the morning. This way, you’ll get gas at the lower price and be set for the rest of the day.
  6. Fuel Additives – Some fuel additives can actually help your car’s gas mileage. There are many different types of additives on the market, so do some research to see if there is one that would be beneficial for your vehicle.
  7. Limit Idling – Idling uses more fuel than you may think. Many newer vehicles have an auto start/stop function, but if yours doesn’t, it makes sense to turn off your engine if you’re going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds.
  8. Don’t Fill the Tank – We mentioned extra weight previously, and that applies to the weight of gas you’ll have to haul around as well. By not completely filling your tank, you’ll be carrying less weight and increase your mileage.
  9. Cruise Control – Using your cruise control when practical will help you maintain a more consistent speed and help save on gas.
  10. Front End Alignment – Over time, running over potholes and bumps will cause your vehicles wheels to become misaligned. The engine will have to work harder which can lead to decreased gas mileage as well as premature wear on your tires. So, if you notice your car pulling to one side or the other when driving, it’s time for an alignment.

As you can see, there are many things you can do to improve your vehicle’s gas mileage. By following these simple tips, you’ll be saving money every time you hit the road!

Winter is Coming. Is Your Vehicle Ready?

Winter is coming, and it’s time to prepare your vehicle for the season. You’ve survived summer with your air conditioning running full blast, but now you need to get ready for the coldest months of the year. Depending on where you live, winter can be a brutal experience that requires specific precautions – or even an entire transformation!

Fortunately, for us here in the South, winters aren’t usually that bad. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive. Freezing temperatures, Ice storms and snow can and do happen here in the winter. Following some of the steps below can save you time, money, and even embarrassment come this winter.

Here are some great tips to winterize your car or truck;

  • Change your engine oil and filter, if needed. If you’re due for an oil change anyway, now is a great time to do it – before the weather gets cold. The thinner winter oils work better in colder temperatures than thicker summer ones do.
  • Replace the cabin air filter.
  • Check your tire pressure and add any needed air or change your tires if necessary, before cold weather sets in (cold temperatures can increase the risk of underinflated tires). If you’re going to be driving a lot on snow and ice this winter, consider getting an all-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Drain your windshield washer fluid and replace it with a winter version that can resist freezing.
  • Top of the engine, transmission, and both differentials with fresh oil to prevent them from seizing up during severe weather.
  • Fill the gas tank to help avoid condensation being added to your fuel.
  • Check all door locks and windows for proper operation, lubricate them if needed with graphite or Teflon spray (do not use WD40).
  • Repair any windshield wiper blades that are streaking, looking worn down, or have rubber chunks missing.

-Consider snow tires. They can be expensive, but are worth their weight in gold with snow on the ground!

-Check the air pressure in your spare tire and all other tires, if you have a full size matching spare.

  • Check the anti-freeze levels to make sure they are sufficient for those colder temperatures.

Now that we have covered some of the important aspects to consider, it’s time to start thinking about your car care needs this Winter! We hope you found these tips helpful and will begin preparing now so that everything is ready when the first cold fronts roll through.