Does Your Vehicle Need a Spring Tune-Up?

When the weather gets warmer, it’s a good time to think about getting your vehicle checked to make sure it’s not experiencing any damage caused by severe winter weather. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can take a toll on your vehicle, especially if it’s been parked outside for a majority of the time.

To officially welcome the warmer months ahead, why not give your vehicle a proper spring tune-up? A tune-up is a very basic, routine type of maintenance that should be performed regularly to ensure your vehicle is performing the way it should be.

Spring tune-ups increase the safety, performance, and lifespan of your vehicle.

Spring Tune-Up Checklist:

1. Get an oil change

After a long season of driving in fluctuating temperatures, your engine oil has been through a lot. The various weather changes (snow, slush, rain, mud, etc.) cause your engine filter to work harder than normal. Keeping your filter and engine fluids clean and topped off is important. During a tune-up, all the fluids, including the washer fluid, will be checked and refilled, as well as the engine oil.

2. Spark plugs & wires

Spark plugs can get worn out over time, especially in colder weather, which can lead to a delay in your engine turnover, hard starts, a misfire, or even cause your engine to stall. During your spring tune-up, the spark plug wires will be inspected and replaced if they are not functioning correctly.

3. Cleanse your fuel filter

One of the essential items to check during a tune-up is your vehicle’s fuel filter. The fuel filter is a device that filters out dirt and other particles from your fuel, so it burns cleanly. During a tune-up, the fuel filter will either be cleaned using a special cleansing liquid, or it will be replaced entirely depending on the condition of the filter.

Schedule Your Tune-Up with Performance Auto Repair

Preventative maintenance is key to your safety on the road during all seasons; make sure you get your vehicle in for its seasonal tune-up this spring, especially before heading out on those long summer road trips. Trust us; your car will thank you for it!

Call Performance Auto Repair of Montgomery today at (334) 245-6600 to schedule your tune-up today!

5 Tips for Keeping Your Tires in Good Shape

Think about it – driving is one of the most dangerous things we do in our lives. We all rely on four tires to keep us traveling on the ride safely, so keeping our tires in great shape is essential.

Here are some tips to help you do that:

Tip #1: Check your tire pressure regularly.

The proper inflation of your tires is crucial to your safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the leading cause of tire-related crashes is under-inflated tires.” Tires can lose approximately one pound per square inch of air (PSI) per month, and sometimes even more in cold weather climates. Therefore, it’s important that you’re checking your own tire pressure monthly and not just relying on your mechanic to check when you get your oil changed.

Keep a gauge in your glovebox, and visit your neighborhood gas station to get free air if your pressure is too low.

Tip #2: Inspect your tires often.

Doing a physical inspection on your tires regularly is very important, especially before heading off on a long road trip. Things you should be looking for include cracks, bulges, and any objects that could have punctured your tires, such as nails, screws, glass, or rocks. In the case of anything puncturing your tires, you will need to get them replaced.

Tip #3: Don’t skip a tire rotation.

To maintain even tread wear and get the maximum life out of your tires, it’s best that you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. You can even get a tire rotation done at the same time as a regular oil change, and they are fairly inexpensive to perform.

Tip #4: Replace your tires before it’s too late.

We all know tires are pretty expensive; however, driving on your tires past their lifespan puts you and your family in danger. Most tires have a wear bar between the treads of the tire. If the tire tread depth is at or below this bar, it’s time for new tires.

Tip #5: Don’t overload your vehicle.

Overloading a vehicle is not good for it and can cause tire failure. There is a place card located on your doorframe with information about how much weight your vehicle can safely handle.

Performance Auto Repair carries a wide variety of car and truck tires for sale. When in doubt about whether a tire can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced, consult the tire professionals at Performance Auto Repair. Call us today at (334) 245-6600!

4 Issues that Require a Visit to an Auto Repair Shop

Woman stressed from her car breaking down and needing auto repair service

Sometimes the need for auto repair can be obvious – the check engine light comes on, or your car suddenly breaks down on the side of the road. However, some car problems may not be so direct, and it’s up to you to recognize potential trouble. Should you ever experience the following issues with your vehicle, don’t hesitate to take it in and let an expert assess your concerns.

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Are You Keeping Up With Your Oil Changes?

man completing an oil change

If you own a vehicle, I’m sure you’ve realized how essential maintenance is to the integrity of your car. Auto maintenance consists of many different services that are all aimed at keeping your car or truck in tip-top shape. The maintenance service most frequently required by your vehicle is an oil change. Oil changes are necessary for a healthy engine.

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Plan Your Next Road Trip: The Deep South

Summer is fast approaching and that means more people will be hitting the road on new adventures. Whether you’ve never been to the South or you already live in here and are planning a weekend vacation, here are some must-visit areas on your road trip.
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The Dos and Don’ts of Getting Stuck in the Mud

Spring means rain and rain means mud! If you’ve ever had to drive down a muddy road, you know how slippery treacherous the road can be. No one likes getting stuck in the mud, but if you ever find yourself in a dirty situation, we recommend keeping your cool and following these tricks to get yourself out of the mud.
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Protect Your Car from Overheating with These Tricks

Summers coming and warmer weather is coming with it. The last thing you want on a summer day in Alabama is for your car to overheat. Forgetting to put coolant in your vehicle can not only put a damper on your day but also result in expensive repairs and maintenance costs. We have some simple tricks you can do at home to keep your car out of the shop and safe from overheating.  Continue reading “Protect Your Car from Overheating with These Tricks” »

Why is My Car Shaking? The Answer May be Internal

Picture this: you’re going down the road, enjoying the drive on a sunny afternoon when your car starts to shudder. Not only are you physically shaken, but you’re also suddenly nervous. A shaking, shuddering vehicle is never a good sign. There are many different things that could cause your car to shake. The important thing is to get your car inspected as soon as possible so you can see if the shaking is caused by some external factor, like a bumpy road, or if it’s an internal issue.

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Three Clues it’s Time to Replace Your Brake Pads

It’s critical to maintain the brake system in your car or truck to ensure you and the drivers around you are safe. It’s essential to understand how your brake system works and when you need to replace vital parts, like your brake pads.  Continue reading “Three Clues it’s Time to Replace Your Brake Pads” »

Hitting Potholes May be More Dangerous Than You Realize

Potholes are massive craters in the road that can damage cars and trucks so much that they need serious repairs. Potholes can wreck tires, bumpers, suspension, and more. The full extent of the damage to your vehicle depends on the size of the hole and how fast you’re going when you hit the hole. Drivers who go too fast and unsuspectingly hit a pothole may find themselves with an astronomical auto repair bill.  Continue reading “Hitting Potholes May be More Dangerous Than You Realize” »

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