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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How to Prep Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

The arrival of summer always starts to create a longing for adventure. After months of unpredictable weather or navigating wet, slippery roads, clear skies and warm weather are good enough reasons to pack up the car and see where the journey takes you.

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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” »

4 Car Cleaning Hacks That Will Surprise You

After driving and maintenance time, car cleaning is sometimes the least important thing on your list. Cleaning your car does not have to be difficult or expensive, however, so you can consider moving it to the top of your list. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that you already own many of these products that you can use to clean your car. A clean car doesn’t have to be a chore; it’s as simple as visiting your local drug store! Continue reading “4 Car Cleaning Hacks That Will Surprise You” »

The Most Ridiculous Traffic Laws From Around the US

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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!

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