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Make routine maintenance your new routine.
A lot of weight on your keychain can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition.
Start easy, because the most wear and tear happens on a cool engine.
Properly inflated tires get better gas mileage, handle better and last much longer.
Replace your wiper blades in the fall after the baking summer sun and before the nasty winter weather.
Keep an eye out for dimming headlights and brake lights to save money on annoying fix-it tickets.
A healthy exhaust system improves your carâ€™s performance and fuel efficiency and can cut down on air pollution.
Check engine lights can flip on for a million different reasons: One common reason is a loose gas cap.
Dirty air filters hurt fuel economy for the same reason youâ€™d run slower if you had to breathe out of a straw.
Changing an air filter is based on conditions: If you go near dirt often, you might have to change the filter twice as often.
Make a note for yourself to keep track of when you last changed your brake pads, timing belt, flushed your coolant, etc.
You hear that? See what all the quiet is about.
Inside a muffler is a series of tubes with holes as finely tuned as an instrument, reflecting sound waves to nearly eliminate noise.
Keep an ear out for funny exhaust sounds: If you hear something, say something.
Loose or missing exhaust hangers cause a rattling underneath your car. (Itâ€™s an easy fix for us).
Missing hangers can cause the entire exhaust to fall off, which is much more expensive than replacing a hanger or two.
Catalytic converters turn harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they leave your car.
A failing catalytic converter might trigger your check engine light or sound like someoneâ€™s shaking a box of rocks under your car.
Driving with a leaky muffler or bad catalytic converter can lead to more expensive repairs.
When your exhaust leaks, your engine works harder, which requires more fuel.
Like your shoes, they wear with miles.
Check your tire pressure every time you change your oil for safer, longer lasting tires.
Tires wear out, but they also time out: cold, heat, sunlight and ozone conditions can weaken your tires after 5-7 years.
Rotate your tires every other oil change (every 6,000 miles or so). Itâ€™ll help your tires last longer.
Starting at 30,000 miles, itâ€™s good to check the tread on your tires and see if itâ€™s time for a new set.
The sticker inside the glovebox or driver side door tells you the vehicle manufactureâ€™s intended tire pressure.
Misaligned steering wears down your tireâ€™s sidewalls, which ruins the tires much faster and sooner than expected.
Heat can be a tireâ€™s worst nightmare: Avoid overheating your tires with easier turns and slower stops.
Only use tires in matched pairs or complete sets.
Look ahead and read oncoming stoplights and traffic so you can slow gradually and help your brakes last longer.
Brakes turn speed into energy and energy into heat. So a little less speed requires a lot less braking.
Stopping from 65 mph rather than 55 mph forces your brakes to waste a third more energy (and materials).
Donâ€™t wait for the squeak: When, where and how you drive impact brakes differently, so get an inspection with every oil change.
If you notice any sudden changes with your brakesâ€”sound, feel, responseâ€”come see us. Like, right now.
Flush your brake fluid every 30,000 miles or so.
Consider a vehicleâ€™s weight before you buy it: Heavier cars are harder on brakes, tires and gas.
Donâ€™t downshift to save your brakes: Transmissions are much more expensive.
The underbelly of your car.
Get your steering system checked every six months, or at every oil change.
Power steering fluid is the cheapest part of the power steering system: Changing it helps prolong the life of the expensive parts.
Bad fluid makes the power steering pump work harder, which eventually breaks it down.
Wheel alignments help your tires last longer and boost gas mileage.
It only takes 1/8-inch misalignment to drag the front tires sideways the equivalent of 28-feet for every mile.
Cars donâ€™t consume power steering fluid, so if itâ€™s disappearing, there might be a leak.
It's how you keep your cool.
Shut your windows and turn on your A/C at speeds over 50mph to help your gas mileage.
Itâ€™s easy to top off the refrigerant if your A/C isnâ€™t very cold. (We can do it for you).
Periodically run your A/C in the winter to keep it healthy for the warm season. Hint: Just turn on your defroster.
Roll down the windows first to let out the hot air before you kick on your A/C.
That moldy smell when you turn on your A/C is caused by excess condensation left in the evaporator from the last time you ran it.
Before you turn off your car, shut off the A/C and let the fan run. Thatâ€™ll reduce the moldy smell when you turn it back on.
Cabin air filters remove dust, pollen and other small particles circulating through your car.
Replace air filters when theyâ€™re dirty (check them every oil change) to freshen up the cabin.
Solve the mystery of the check engine light.
Check engine lights can mean somethingâ€™s wrong with your engine or youâ€™ve just got a loose gas cap.
Occasionally, check engine lights can switch on because of a change in humidity, a loose connection or other temporary factors.
If your check engine light is on, get to a mechanic as soon as possible.
A quick code read (itâ€™s free with us) can help pinpoint the problem, which makes diagnosing it and fixing it a breeze.
They let your tunes blare and your A/C blow.
Grease, grime and that green powder (corrosion) impact the connections on your battery and can ruin cables..
Use a wire brush to clean off your battery terminals every couple of months.
Most car batteries are maintenance free and last three to five years.
Park in an insulated garage during hot and cold seasons to keep your battery working longer.
Myth: Batteries only go bad when itâ€™s cold. They actually go bad just as easily in the summer heat.
Batteries are unpredictable: They can change in performance over night.
If your battery lets you check its fluid, check the level every other month: It should touch the bottom of the refill hole.
Refill with distilled water only: Tap water creates corrosion.
These make your tires go round nâ€™ round.
CV joints use the torque from your transmission to move your car.
To extend the life of your CV joints and save money down the road, have your CV boots inspected at every oil change.
CV joints are protected by CV boots, which keep out dirt and grime and keep the CV grease in.
If you hear a clicking sound from your front wheels when you turn, your CV joints might be going bad. (We can help)
Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine.
Oil is the lifeblood of your car: it keeps your engine running cleanly and efficiently.
Myth: Change your oil every 3,000 miles. Some cars can go as far as 5,000 or even 10,000 miles.
Check your manual for the exact number of miles you can go before an oil change. (Or give us a call).
Regular oil changes are cheap insurance against engine wear.
Clean oil filters are an engineâ€™s main defense against wear and tear.
Filters should be changed with every oil change.