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Give the gift of safety

Winter driving can be perilous, so give the gift of safety this holiday season. Whether you wrap it and put it under the tree or hand it over before holiday travel begins, a road emergency kit will show your loved ones you’re concerned about their well-being on the road.

Last winter, many motorists were unprepared for the severe weather conditions that affected most of the country, so an emergency kit may be the perfect present for the drivers on your list. When unforeseen events occur, being prepared before leaving home will help keep your loved ones out of harm’s way.

Routine Auto Care

It’s important to remember that routine auto care means big savings by improving fuel economy, extending vehicle life and reducing the chance of costly car trouble.

We suggest a quick vehicle check to help avoid the unplanned expense of a breakdown when traveling by car this holiday season.

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.

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