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How to Maintain Your Vehicle

When it comes to your vehicle, have you ever wondered about the importance of preventive maintenance? If you have, you are not alone. The general perception among vehicle owners is that preventive maintenance is an unnecessary cost. They feel they are spending money to fix problems do not yet exist. This could not be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that preventive maintenance can be a valuable investment. Properly maintaining your vehicle will increase fuel efficiency. It will also help you avoid the higher expenses of emergency repair service, towing charges, and even the inconvenience of a breakdown. Preventive maintenance is the key to dependable vehicles, yet we find that: 38% of vehicles have dirty or low levels of engine oil 54% have low tire pressure 28% have inadequate protection in the cooling system 19% need new belts 16% need cabin air filters 10% have low or bad brake fluid What happens when situations like this continue? Parts wear out and fail ... read more

Spring Car Care Tips

In just a few weeks, the official start of Spring will be here. Will you be getting ready by doing a Spring cleaning around your home? If so, you may also want to consider a little Spring maintenance on your vehicle, especially if you want to make sure it's in good shape for the scenic drives you'll be taking. This checklist is a good start to making sure your car, truck or van is ready for the change of the season. Remove winter tires or rotate all-season radials. Once the weather warms and the threat of snowstorms is over, it’s time to remove and store the winter tires. If you’ve got all-season radials on your vehicle, have them rotated. Replace wiper blades. Winter weather can be harsh on wiper blades. Make sure you can see out your windshield when those Spring rains come by changing the wiper blades. Have the brakes checked. You don’t want to find out your brakes need to be replaced when you need them for stopping. Some warning ... read more

Is Your Car Ready for the Cold Months of Winter?

Winter months mean cold temperatures, rain and snow, all of which can take a toll on your vehicle. Worn batteries, hoses, belts and other components can fail, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Additionally, driving in wintery conditions can become a lot more frightful if tires or brakes need to be replaced. By making a commitment to preventive maintenance, you can avoid, or at least minimize, the chances of breaking down. Here are a few items to have checked: Wiper Blades & Windshield: Less daylight hours, snow and rainy conditions can hinder visibility making it dangerous to drive. Nothing is worse than driving in a snow storm and finding your wiper blades are worn. Now is a good time to replace those blades. It's also important to take care of any small cracks you may have in your windshield. Changes in temperature can cause a minor ding or crack to become a major crack. Fluids: Checking fluids is the least expensive and easiest wa ... read more

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