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Summer Car Tips You Should be Following

Summer Car Tips You Should be Following

With summer coming up, you can expect your car to be hotter than usual. This is especially true if you plan on driving your car on long vacations to tropical areas. Regardless of whether you’re going on vacation or not, there are a few summer car tips you can keep in mind to help you keep your car in optimum running condition.

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How Your Tires Can Affect Your Car’s Gas Mileage

How Your Tires Can Affect Your Car's Gas Mileage

Getting the best gas mileage is a primary concern for many car owners and for good reason. Gas is one of the most expensive necessities in life that is needed to get you from point A to point B, so saving money on fuel for your car whenever possible is definitely a positive move. Numerous factors affect the gas mileage that your car gets, but perhaps one of the most influential factors is the tires on your car.

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Why Your Car Oil Light is On and What to Do

Why Your Car Oil Light is On and What to Do

When the oil light on your vehicle comes on, it could mean many things. Before you spend valuable time trying to diagnose the problem, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough oil in the vehicle in the first place. That’s often the reason why the oil light comes on. You need to top off the oil and then see if the light shuts off.

Other Oil Light Problems

If the oil light doesn’t go off, it could very well be the oil light sensor that’s gotten dirty. When dirt and dust get into the probe, it messes up the on/off switch capability of the light. That’s why it remains on even when there’s plenty of oil in the vehicle. You can simply try to remove the sensor yourself or have your mechanic do it for you. The cost is minimal and the repair takes minutes to do.

When you’re out driving and the oil light goes on at idle, there’s a chance that your oil pump is going out. That’s when it’s crucial to get your vehicle into a mechanic. They’ll check things out and let you know what the issue is. Then you can decide how to handle the oil light problem your vehicle is experiencing.

Oil is an essential to keeping your car in good working order. That’s why it’s important to watch for the oil light to come on and to determine what is causing the problem right away. Then, you’re able to top off the oil, replace the sensor or have a new oil pump put in so you can drive with ease again.

Part of being a vehicle owner is knowing what signs to look for when the systems in your automobile start to fail. The oil light serves as a reminder to make sure that your car, truck, van or SUV has enough oil in it to drive optimally. It also lets you know when there’s a bigger mechanical problem that needs attention.

Got a problem with your oil light? Whether you need your oil changed or there’s a bigger problem going on, Performance Auto Repair can help. Contact us today in Montgomery.

Everything You Need to Know About Tire Air Pressure

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Keeping your vehicle’s tire air pressure where it needs to be may seem like a daunting task at first, but it saves you the headache of leaky and blown tires while driving. Performing the simple maintenance task saves you money by preserving the longevity of your front and back tires. It’s something you can do at home even if you’re a novice and not a car expert or mechanic.

What Elements Affect Tire Air Pressure

Extreme heat takes its toll on your tires. That’s why it’s important to park your vehicle in a garage or roofed carport whenever possible. Heat causes tire pressure to vary. For every 10 degrees of heat, the pressure differs by about 1 psi.

When to Check Tire Pressure

It’s best to check tire air pressure when tires are cold. Temperatures cause them to swell making tire gauge readings inaccurate. You should check tire pressure whenever the tires are visibly low and before taking trips out of town.

How to Properly Fill Tires

To properly fill your tires after determining that tire air pressure is low, you’ll want to pull your car into the shade. Make sure it is on a level surface before removing dust caps from the valve stems of the tire. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommended rating for airing up the tires after getting a psi reading from the tire gauge.

Add air and check the tires again for a new psi reading. Then replace all the valve dust caps which prevent air from leaking out. Kick the tires gently to make sure they’re firm and ready to be driven on.

Knowing your vehicle’s recommended tire air pressure is one way to prevent a blow-out or accident from occurring. That’s why it’s important to keep a tire gauge on hand and use it every time you check your tires. If you’re not certain how much tire air pressure you’ll need in each tire, refer to the manufacturer for recommendations.

If you’re worried about the condition of your vehicle’s tires, call Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery at (334) 245-6600 to talk to one of our automotive repair specialists.

Going on Spring Break? Make Sure Your Car is Ready!

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Before hitting the open road on your spring break adventure, you want to make sure your car is ready for the trip. There are several easy ways to make car maintenance your number one priority. Read further for a list of suggestions even a novice can do.

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