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Under Pressure

Your tires support the weight of your vehicle, right? Well they don't! It's the air pressure inside them that actually supports the weight. Maintaining sufficient air pressure is required if your tires are to provide all of the handling, traction and durability of which they are capable.

However, you can't set tire pressure...and then forget about it! Tire pressure has to be checked periodically to assure that the influences of time, changes in ambient temperatures or a small tread puncture have not caused it to change.

Preparing for Fall

September is the first month of Fall. Why not take a little time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later.

Battery – Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to have the battery and charging system checked. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.

Dirty Injectors

You know your car probably better than anyone else. So when you feel like something is off you are probably right. Dirty injectors can cause a variety of symptoms with little or no warning. Without the proper care these symptoms can turn into a very expensive repair bill at the wrong shop. Your auto repair shop should always use a diagnostic tree to ensure they are recommending the right service for you. This will save you time and money in the long run. One more reason to choose a professional repair shop.

Preventative Maintenance

Since mechanics are educated in preventative maintenance, you may find yourself paying a larger bill at 30,000 mile intervals. Not to worry, if your service manager is not recommending preventative maintenance (because he wants to save you money today) he's costing you much more money tomorrow.

Bonfires, Tailgate parties and Preparing your Vehicle for the Road Ahead

  • Thermostat: If the temperature gauge doesn’t get much above the C when driving in cold weather, it may be time for a new thermostat. A properly operating thermostat helps keep the engine at its ideal operating temperature that in turn provides heat for the cabin.
  • Antifreeze: In extreme cold, weak antifreeze can freeze up in parts of your engine, and that can lead to disaster.

Routine Maintenance

A dirty oil filter can shorten the life of your vehicle.

Did you know having your oil and oil filter changed, at least as often as recommended by the manufacturer, is likely to generate the single biggest return on your routine-maintenance investment.

Replacing the dirty oil and filter will help protect the internal parts of the engine from premature wear. It's important to use the recommended grade of oil for your vehicle for the best protection and fuel mileage.

Driving Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Spring

Both Hands on the Wheel
Always drive with both hands on the wheel. The best place for your hands are the nine and three o'clock positions, which helps provide greater control when steering.

Lights on, Please
With your safety in mind, most new vehicles come equipped with daytime running lamps. To help with safe driving, turn on your lights in rainy weather to make sure that your headlamps, tail lamps and other exterior lamps are on. Even if your visibility is good, other drivers will have a better view of your vehicle.

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