Car Tips

Some helpful tips to keep you and your car safe:

  • When the cold really sets in, it’s important to check your tire pressure often. Air shrinks in cold, it expands in heat. So while your tires may have been at 35 psi while the temperature was 36 degrees yesterday, if it’s 5 degrees today your tire pressure could be 15-20 psi! pressure gauges are generally fairly affordable and easy to keep in your glove box to check your tires before you leave in the morning while your car warms up and you’re scraping off your windows.
  • When was the last time you had your coolant checked? Instead of water, cars nowadays use antifreeze because, well, it won’t freeze in the cold. Over time however, it loses it’s ability to remain a liquid in very cold weather. If you’re unsure, bring it in and we can test the integrity of your coolant quickly and easily.
  • Make sure you check your lights at least every month. Make sure you’re headlights, tail lights, backup lights, brake lights, and tag lights all work so you don’t get a ticket.
  • If your tires are starting to lose tread, come in and get them replaced so that when it rains or snows, you don’t end up sliding around the road!
  • When you brake, be sure to brake smoothly and slowly, otherwise you run the risk of your brakes wearing prematurely. When you brake hard and fast often, your rotors get hot. The more often your rotors get hot, the more likely they are to get hot spots, which cause your brakes to wear out prematurely.
  • Heat kills batteries faster than cold. A bad battery can also cause your charging system to fail, which could end up in costly repairs. Make sure you have your battery tested regularly to insure you don’t end up stranded with a dead battery that won’t jump start.
  • Is your A/C blowing hot air? Is it blowing at all? No matter what’s wrong with your A/C, we can diagnose and repair it! Bring your car in for a free A/C check today!
  • Antifreeze keeps your motor from overheating, when was the last time you checked it? Especially in hot weather it’s important to check your fluid levels every time you get gas. Just remember when checking your coolant to make sure the engine is cool before you twist off the cap or risk getting serious burns.
  • You should check your spare tire from time to time to make sure that it’s in good condition and properly inflated (usually about 35 psi, unless it’s a donut, then usually around 60 psi, check your placard). If you are unfortunate enough to get a flat, pull over immediately and put your spare on, don’t drive on it or use fix-a-flat, both destroy the tire and make it irreparable.
  • If your brake pedal seems a little “Mushy” or “Soft”, you should probably have them checked. Bring your car in for an oil change and we’ll check them out for free.
  • Do your Brakes squeal or grind? Could be time to replace them! Bring your car in for a brake inspection!
  • If you go out to your car and your windshield wipers are frozen to the windshield, pry them loose before you try to use them or risk burning up your wiper motor!
  • Be sure to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you especially during in-climate weather so that you can stop in time and not slip and slide into the car in front of you.
  • Check your tire pressure often in the cold weather, especially if you have Aluminum wheels because they tend to leak around the bead with temperature changes.
  • Make sure your windshield washer solvent is clean fresh and full, if it’s too old or dirty there’s a good chance it will freeze in cold weather leaving you blinded by the ice and fog on your windshield!
  • Hit a pothole? Got a wobble or pull? Bring it in and get it fixed before it costs you a tire or 4!
  • Windshield washer fluid has antifreezing properties. If it’s old, diluted, or the cheap stuff, it has the potential to freeze. If it freezes then it has the potential to rupture the hoses that run to the sprayers. When it thaws out, if it leaks on to a belt or something it can cause serious damage! Be sure to use quality washer fluid (like ours), and use it!

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