The Most Ridiculous Traffic Laws From Around the US

There are crazy laws in every city of every country, but what are some of the most bizarre in the United States? Continue reading “The Most Ridiculous Traffic Laws From Around the US” »

Toy Drive – Now through Dec. 13

Every kid deserves to open a gift on Christmas morning. Help make that possible by donating to the Magical Christmas Toy Drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Performance Truck & Automotive Repair now through Dec. 13. Or Call Shea Ivey (334)­221­-4117 for pick-up.

Click here for Boy’s and Girl’s wish lists.

 

Signs You Need to Replace Your Brake Pads

Maintaining the brake system in your vehicle is obviously of critical importance. To guarantee better safety for you and others on the road, it is helpful to know the different parts that create your vehicle’s brake system, and how to tell when certain parts need to be replaced.

How Do Brake Pads Work?Front Brake Parts Disks and Pads

One component of a vehicle’s brake system are the brake pads. Any time you push in the brake pedal, a set of heat resistant brake pads firmly grip the spinning brake rotors. The brake pads provide friction, which slows the wheels down so the car can come to a complete stop.

Why It’s Important to Replace Worn Brake Pads

Even though brake pads are heat resistant – which is essential since they use friction to stop the vehicle – they still wear down over a period of time. Worn brake pads will begin to lose the ability to slow down your vehicle.
It’s important to replace worn brake pads as soon as possible in order to avoid damaging the brake rotors. Failure to replace brake pads can warp your brake rotors, which makes your vehicle’s brake system extremely unsafe. Here are some signs to remember so you can recognize when you may need to replace your brake pads.


Signs You Need New Brake Pads

An easy indicator of worn brake pads is a loud, usually high-pitched screeching sound that occurs when you press the brakes. Some brake pad manufacturers design them to include a small piece of metal that makes a screeching sound when the brake pad material has worn down so a driver realizes they need to be replaced.

If you have to push your brake pedal in further than in the past, this is another sign that your brake pads need attention. If you press the brakes and your vehicle takes longer to stop than you’re used to, this is another indication.
If you are fixing your brakes by yourself, look for deep, circular marks and grooves in your brake rotors. Severely worn brake pads can leave these grooves in your rotors, which is an obvious sign that they need replacement.

Performance Trucks & Auto Repair Can Help!

If your vehicle needs new brake pads, Performance Trucks & Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL, is here to help. Our knowledgeable team can help you select which brake pads are right for your vehicle, and can replace your brake pads for you. Our team can also inspect the rest of your brake system to make sure it is functioning properly, and to make sure that your vehicle stays safe.

Call us today at (334) 245-6600 for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Proudly serving Montgomery, AL and its surrounding areas.

Diesel vs. Gasoline Engines 101

When should you have a truck with a diesel engine, and when is a gasoline engine a better idea? What are the biggest differences between the two options, and are the differences really that big of a deal?

Yes! Diesel engines – you guessed it – burn diesel fuel, whereas gasoline engines burn gasoline. Diesel fuel and gasoline burn differently.


Vintage TruckGasoline Engine Basics

Gasoline engines, in comparison to diesel engines, tend to have more horsepower, which means trucks with gasoline engines are usually able to accelerate more quickly as a result. Since gasoline engines can reach higher speeds more quickly, trucks with these engines tend to have lower towing capacity. But since they accelerate and reach higher speeds more quickly than diesel engines, a truck with a gasoline engine may be more ideal if you do a lot of city or highway driving.

Trucks with gasoline engines don’t generate as much force to pull and haul heavy loads – like an RV, for example – because gasoline has a lower energy density than diesel fuel. When gasoline burns, it does not generate as much energy compared to diesel fuel, which means diesel engines tend to have a better fuel economy since they burn less fuel.

The Low-Down on Diesel Engines

Diesel BackgroundDiesel engines, on the other hand, have more towing capacity and generate the torque necessary to pull heavy loads up steep inclines. Trucks with gasoline engines are at a disadvantage here. Diesel engines are also designed to be more efficient than gasoline engines, because they inject fuel directly into the cylinder. This means diesel engines waste less fuel, because they burn more fuel. However, the fuel injection system requires special maintenance, and is costly to fix if this system breaks down.

Trucks with diesel engines are a better bet if you want a truck with better towing capacity. If you frequently do a lot of hauling, diesel engine trucks are built to stand up to any task.

Trucks with gasoline engines may be right for you if you don’t require a vehicle with optimal towing capacity.

Performance Trucks & Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL can help you with all of your automotive needs. We provide experienced and affordable automotive care, and can help with any repairs or tune-ups your truck may need.

Call us today at (334) 245-6600 for more information!

Proudly serving Montgomery, AL and its surrounding areas.

30, 60, 90 Mile Maintenance

When you get a new vehicle, there are three big milestones that you need to keep in mind: 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles and 90,000 miles

30, 60, 90.

Easy to remember, right? More often than not, you will hit these milestones for your car and when the time comes, it is extremely important to get your car serviced.

CAR-MAINTENANCE-PERFORMANCE-TRUCKSWhy are these milestones important? Well we recommend this service because it helps maximize your vehicle’s longevity and performance. Proper understanding of these milestones and education of the necesity to schedule these services should be communicated by the car dealership when the car is purchased and should be emphasized each time you go back for a service appointment.

The 30, 60, 90 mile maintenance service does the following:

  • The vehicle’s components and systems are inspected and evaluated
  • You will receive a future schedule of components and systems in your vehicle that are recommended to be changed (specific to your vehicle’s model)
  • A record of recommendation of services by the technician
  • Factory recommendations for your vehicle under normal and severe driving conditions

What are the benefits of the 30, 60, 90 mile maintenance program?

  • Protects your vehicle’s warranty
  • Maximizes resale value of the vehicle
  • Reduces risk of breaking down
  • Extends life of all components and systems in the vehicle
  • Safer driving conditions
  • Maximization of fuel economy

As you can see, there are many benefits of the 30, 60, 90 mile maintenance program. The overall benefits and money will always outweigh the time and money you spend on getting your car serviced.

Here are just some of the services that will be applied to your vehicle (IF NECESSARY):

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Replace vent filter
  • Inspect belts and hoses
  • Check lube, oil and filters
  • Brake inspection
  • Tire pressure check
  • Brake fluid flush
  • Suspension and shock check
  • Tire rotation
  • Air filter replacement
  • Cleaning engine, brakes, etc.
  • Flush coolant system
  • Check emissions

When it is time to schedule your 30, 60 or 90 maintenance, call Performance Trucks at (334) 245-6600 and we’ll discuss exactly what we can do for your vehicle.

Cold Air Intake Tips for Performance

As a car lover, there’s nothing better than driving around with a beast under your hood. However, when it comes to improving engine performance, many modifications can be rather time consuming. A great way to give your ride a little extra kick, without making major alterations, is by using a cold air intake.

Why do I want a Cold Air Intake?

Warm air doesn’t expand as much when in the pistons. However, cold air does. So, by cooling the air you are allowing for maximum combustion and you know what that means .. More Power.

A cold air intake is installed on the intake side of the engine and theoretically increases horsepower by pulling dense, cold air into the engine. This is not going to be a dramatic increase in horsepower, like you would see by installing a high end supercharger. However, it is a low cost and easy to install device that will give a slight boost in performance of anywhere from 3 to 15 horsepower.

Another great benefit is that a cold air intake increases the amount of oxygen in the engine. With an abundance of air your engine does not have to work as hard while driving. This will result in better fuel consumption and less engine damage.

Cold Air Intake Precautions

When the intake is located near the bottom of the vehicle, you are at risk of sucking up water from puddles when driving in wet conditions. This water can possibly go straight to the engine and destroy it.

You should also make sure that the cold air intake has sufficient filtration. Car manufactures go to great efforts to make sure that excess dirt is prevented from entering the engine. If the cold air intake is not properly sealed from dirt and debris, the engines life expectancy could be shortened.

Used Car Buying Guide

With a less than booming economy, used car sales have increased. A recent report on MSN reported nearly 40 million being purchased last year alone. There are plenty of options too, so how do you go about picking the right one?

Choosing a Car

Test drives and perusing lots at night to avoid over zealous salesmen is all fun and games. But when it comes to actually settling on a car…make sure you know what it is you need, not what you want. Sports cars are great if you’re single, but if you’re married that’s a different story. They aren’t going to get anyone to soccer practice or help you move into the new house. Keep your lifestyle–family, recreation, and driving habits–in mind for starters.

Research

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a type of vehicle–SUV, truck, van, sedan, etc.–dig a little deeper than gas mileage and features. Check Kelley Blue Book for approximate values of the vehicle in question. This will help in determining which dealer/seller to go with and in negotiating a final price.

All used cars are required to have a Buyers Guide that will contain information in regards to warranty, inspection, and some well-known problems associated with each vehicle. If this isn’t explicitly offered, go ahead and ask your dealer or salesman for a copy.

Dealerships and sellers can easily tell you about all the perks that come with each vehicle, so turn to consumers for the hard truth. Consumer reviews will abound with common mechanical and performance issues. Knowing what’s in store could save you a ton of money in the future. Now that you know just what you’ve gotten yourself in to, don’t be a stick in the mud.

Be Flexible

Setting your hopes and sights on one car could be a huge mistake. While cars like the Ford Focus and Toyota Camry are still in high demand, new and used, they also carry a higher price tag. Don’t be quick to shun other cars within the same class. Less popular makes and models, such as the Chevy Malibu or Mazada 6, are equally reliable vehicles and aren’t likely to put as big a hole in your wallet.

Car shopping is portrayed as this exciting, fun event. In reality, it’s usually a lot more overwhelming and daunting than we want it to be. Knowing the facts before you dive into your latest investment will make it worth the ride.

Beat the Heat with Air Conditioner Maintenance

Summer creeps ever closer—it’s still about a month away, officially speaking. Schools are letting out and the weather has taken a turn for the better. Finally. Temperatures have even inched into the 80s lately. Make sure your car’s air conditioner is ready to beat the summer heat.

No one likes to sit in traffic or commute to work in a stuffy car. It’s miserable. Addressing the problem can often be difficult for the average, non-car buff kind of person. Freon, a thing we’ve all heard of, is a compressed liquid and gas combination that circulates through the A/C system. But that’s not all that makes the air conditioning work. There are several other components that make up the system:

  • refrigerantcar-ac-vent
  • expansion valve
  • condenser
  • compressor
  • evaporator
  • receiver-drier

Any of these components could be loose, broken, clogged, or leaking. Should you simply need more Freon, you can easily fill that yourself. However, Freon isn’t always to blame for the problem.

When the Heat Hits

Most drivers notice their A/C not working while in idle traffic. Driving across town to pick up milk can be miserable in the middle of summer with no air flowing. This can be caused by overheating of the engine, low Freon, or a lack of decent air flow over the condenser. Typically, driving on the highway is much less of a problem because winds are strong and the engine is performing more rapidly, causing the coolant to circulate quicker as well.

One way to help keep cooling problems at bay is by running your air conditioning system on a regular basis. Even in winter, 10 minutes a month is recommended. The owner’s manual will have more details about how your particular heating and cooling system works. Be sure to take a look there before assuming the worst.

If the cooling, or lack of cooling depending on how you look at it, issue persists…it’s time for real help. Some repairs will take the use of special equipment, so check with your local auto repair shop for more information.

Extend Tire Life with Wheel Alignments

Everyone likes to protect a good investment. Vehicles are no different. There are almost 200 million drivers in the United States alone, all of whom spend about 15 hours a week in their cars. That’s a lot of time spent with your vehicle.

Owning a vehicle has plenty of implied costs associated with it. Maintenance, repairs, gas, and oil changes to name a few. Buying new tires is one of the bigger expenses that come along with that investment and time spent together. However, there are ways to keep tires in good condition for longer.

Importance of Alignment

Proper wheel alignment is what helps a vehicle handle smoothly. Misalignment, along with incorrect tire inflation, are the two main factors that cause tires to wear prematurely. Poor al

ignment alone can reduce a tire’s lifespan by 70%. That would result in buying a lot of new tires in the time you own your vehicle.

If your car has a tendency to vibrate, shimmy, or pull to one side while driving at highway speeds there’s a chance that you may be in need of an alignment. These problems can be caused by curb bumping (aka curb checking), taking corners too fast, or braking hard frequently. While some of these things are inavoidable at times, making a habit of them can result in misalignment that in turn causes tires to wear unevenly.

Aside from not having to buy new tires as often, alignments can help save money in other ways too. Tire wear may not seem like it’s that big of a deal, think again. Uneven wear can contribute to poor road handling and even reduce your vehicles fuel efficiency if the problem isn’t addressed promptly.

Come to Performance Trucks and Auto if you notice any changes in the handling of your vehicle, see noticeable wear on your tires, or know you’ve recently hit something with your wheel.

zp8497586rq

Keep your Car Road Trip-Ready

The windows are down, the music is loud, and the car is packed with your vacation gear — at last, you’ve embarked on your summer getaway.  Before you fill your trunk with inner tubes and snorkeling gear, make sure your engine is road trip-ready! This summer, protect your car by keeping up on simple engine maintenance.

Oil

Think of oil as the blood that pumps through the heart of your car. Simply put: it’s essential. The good news is that the cost of oil or an oil change is relatively cheap, so there’s no excuse to put off this pertinent task. If you make checking your car’s oil part of your daily routine, then you should be able to avoid any oil-induced car catastrophes.  After all, nobody wants one of those on their grand getaway!

 Pointers:

1. Each time you fill up your tank, make a habit of checking your oil.

2. When checking your oil, make sure your dipstick (reference your owner’s manual if you have any questions about this)  is thoroughly wiped down, and have your vehicle parked on flat ground to ensure an accurate reading.

3. Change your oil every 3,000 miles. This has been the gold standard for oil changes for decades now, but newer cars tend to require less frequent oil changes (again, see your owner’s manual for information specific to your car).

Coolant

A quick look at your car’s coolant level is another easy way to check your engine’s vitals. If you’re wondering why it’s important to do this, then look no further than the first part of the word — “cool.”  Just as the name suggests, coolant keeps your engine (an otherwise hot area) nice and cool. If you neglect your coolant levels, you’ll run the risk of your car overheating, something that shouldn’t be a part of any road trip!

Quick Tips:

1. Your coolant level should rise between the high and low markers on the tank.

2. In the event that your coolant level is low, it’s best to purchase coolant and fill the reservoir to optimal levels ASAP. And if you’re on the road, know that many gas stations carry coolant.

Once you’ve crossed an oil and a coolant checkup off of your to-do list, your engine will be road trip-ready.  Now comes the fun part — wide, open roads, the license plate game, and other vacation shenanigans!

Need an oil change or a tune up? Leave it to our professionals at Performance Truck & Automotive Repair. We’ll take the extra mile to make sure your car is ready for some summer fun!

zp8497586rq
Translate »