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How to Perform Basic Tire Maintenance
October 6, 2011
More car fires happen every year from deferred maintenance than accidents. Keep your family safe; have your car checked today!
Regular oil changes are your best investment toward the longevity of your engine! Keep your car running longer with preventative maintenance!
Regular brake inspections are the best way to ensure safe and reliable braking and minimize the cost of repairs when brake service is needed. Safety comes first, have your brakes checked regularly!
Routine engine performance checks can be your best guarantee of good performance and fuel economy. Economical and dependable, have your engine checked today!
Signs of an alignment problem include uneven tire wear, shaking and the car pulling to one side. Annual alignment checks are your best way to maximize tire life and ensure that your car performs on the road as it should.
Proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage by more than 3% or ten cents per gallon when maintained regularly. Save money and wear and tear on your tires!
A loose gas cap can trigger the "Check Engine"or "Service Engine Soon" light. Make sure the cap is secure and tight. Always check!
Musty smell? It could be a dirty or clogged cabin air filter. Regular checks will protect your HVAC system and allow passengers to breathe easier.
Washing and polishing is the best way to protect your car's finish from the damaging effects of acid rain. Your car is a big investment, take care of it!
Nearly 60% of people claim their driving behavior has changed due to rising gas prices, with 90% saying they drive less and 75% revealing that they are maintaining their vehicles better.
Regular vehicle maintenance improves fuel efficiency and produces less vehicle emissions. Help the environment and save a little money, have your car checked today!
Have your car's brake system inspected annually, even if you don't suspect any problems! Not all problems are noticeable- don’t risk an accident from faulty brakes!
Good fuel economy, performance and low emissions are all effects of an efficiently-operating engine. Keep your engine running right!
If your car requires major engine work, it may be more economical to have your engine rebuilt rather than buying a different car.
Cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns. Check coolant level frequently and change it according to your owner’s manual to prevent serious damage or engine failure.
Carbon monoxide from your car's exhaust is odorless, colorless-and lethal. If you have any suspicions of a leak, have it checked out at once. Safety comes first!
Your car's engine can use more than 10,000 gallons of air for every gallon of fuel burned, so it's easy to see how big a job the air filter has. Does your air filter need to be replaced?
Inspect your car's lights at every oil change. Visibility is crucial to staying safe on the road!
You should test your battery every fall. If your car's battery is three years old or more, consider replacing it as the chance of failure increases. Does yours need to be replaced?
For longest automatic transmission life, have the fluid and filter changed every 24,000 36,000 miles. Does yours need to be changed?
Extreme weather is touch on wiper blades! Check and change wiper blades about every six months to ensure safety and visibility.
Some fluids levels, like coolant and brake fluid can be seen easily in their reservoirs once the hood is up. Take a look the next time you check your oil!
Smell something odd? Your car’s smells can indicate health problems. Check with your mechanic or owner’s manual about what they might mean.
If you perform your own oil changes, dispose of used oil properly! DO NOT pour down a sink or storm drain. Check with your local auto parts store or government for recycling options.
How your drive plays a role in your fuel consumption. Speeding, aggressive and jerky driving can reduce gas mileage as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.
A flashing check engine light indicates a problem that is currently happening and requires immediate attention.