Three Ways to Prepare for an Unexpected Car Repair

Last year, the AAA estimated that around one-third of drivers are unprepared for unexpected car repairs. Car and truck owners often forget to budget for depreciation after they buy a vehicle which can lead to trouble in the long run. Here are some things you can do to make sure that you won’t be caught out if you need unplanned repairs.

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4 Reasons Why Your Car’s Air Conditioner Might Be Blowing Hot Air

So, you got up this morning, drank your morning coffee, showered and got out the door – so far so good, right? It’s June and you noticed that today is a little muggier than usual. No problem! You’re only a few feet away from the sweet, sweet air-conditioned comfort of your car. You get in, buckle up, turn the key, and switch the A/C fan up to high. And in that very moment, you’ve realized your car has betrayed you and it’s blowing nothing but hot air. But why?

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3 Great Reasons to Rotate Your Tires

Tire rotation – periodically changing their position on the vehicle from front to back and/or side to side – is essential to maintain the life of your tires. Many drivers neglect tire rotation as part of regular vehicle maintenance. Regular tire rotation will help prevent irregular and premature wear. Having tires rotated regularly has many benefits including extending the lifespan of your tires and helps to maintain traction.

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4 Issues that Require a Visit to an Auto Repair Shop

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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?

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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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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” »

Is It Time for an Oil Change? 5 Ways You Can Tell

We’ve all been there: you happen to glance up at the service sticker on your windshield and realize that’s you’re overdue for an oil change. If you notice that you’re past the recommended date for your next visit, or if your mileage has gone past the mark (and beyond), you should make an appointment to get your oil checked as soon as possible. Oil changes are an unavoidable part of vehicle maintenance because engine oil keeps your engine running smoothly and efficiently. Be wary of these 5 signs to see if it’s time to bring your car to Performance Auto Repair for an oil change. Continue reading “Is It Time for an Oil Change? 5 Ways You Can Tell” »

Why a Computerized Diagnostic Service is Essential

A computerized diagnostic is one method of electronic testing that mechanics use to help vehicle owners figure out what’s going on in their car or truck by using computerized equipment. Similar to an X-Ray or CATscan, a computerized diagnostic service is non-invasive and gets a look at what’s going on behind the scenes. Every car or truck owner is familiar with the frustration that comes when a service light appears on your dash but you don’t know why – the “Check Engine” light is the most familiar for most drivers. The service lights on your dash can be indicators of a variety of issues, some minor and some serious. A computerized diagnostic, like the ones performed in our shop, provide the answers you need.  Continue reading “Why a Computerized Diagnostic Service is Essential” »

Extending the Lifetime of Your Shocks and Struts

replacing tire with text extending the lifetime of your shocks and struts

Shocks and struts are essential to every vehicle. They impact your vehicle’s braking system as well as helping with your car’s suspension and handling. Don’t be fooled into thinking that old or damaged shocks and struts just make for a bumpy ride. Left uncared for, they can make your journey very dangerous. Performance Auto Repair cares about the safety of our customers, so we’ve brainstormed a few of the ways you can extend the lifetime of your car’s shocks and struts. Continue reading “Extending the Lifetime of Your Shocks and Struts” »

5 Signs It’s Time to Visit the Mechanic

Sometimes you have minor issues with your vehicle that you don’t give a second thought. Other times, major repairs are needed. It’s essential that you seek a mechanic’s advice sooner rather than later when you think you might have a serious automobile problem. If you notice any of these five signs, you may be in need of immediate vehicle repair. Continue reading “5 Signs It’s Time to Visit the Mechanic” »

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