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!

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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Keep Your Headlights Shiny With These Cleaning Tips

Over time, you may notice that the headlights on your vehicle have become dull and yellowed. This effect is most often caused by age and the harsh result of being in the sun. Getting your headlights back to their cleanest and safest is a simple, DIY task you can complete at home; here’s how:  Continue reading “Keep Your Headlights Shiny With These Cleaning Tips” »

Three Things To Do If Your Car Won’t Start

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We all know that there’s nothing worse than when you’re running behind in the morning and your car won’t start. Before you panic, there are a few things you can do to determine why your car won’t start. Once you have an idea of the problem, you may be able to find a solution! Continue reading “Three Things To Do If Your Car Won’t Start” »

Strange and Unusual Automobile Laws Across the U.S.

Sometimes strange and unusual laws remain because lawmakers forget about them. Sometimes they get forgotten and no one remembers to change them. No matter why they’re still in effect, you can still get tickets for disobeying these odd laws. We’ve put together some of these laws so that you can be prepared if you find yourself suddenly pulled over in Alabama or New Jersey.

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7 Car Hacks For the Savvy Car Owner

We’ve all had a moment where we see a cool hack and wonder why we didn’t think of it first. We have some handy car hacks that will not only help you take care of your car but will also make you the talk of the neighborhood!  Continue reading “7 Car Hacks For the Savvy Car Owner” »

Ensure the Long Life of Your Classic Car

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Taking care of an older car requires knowledge and impressive discipline. Maintaining the integrity of a classic car takes skill, but it’s a skill that you can master over time. If you’re persistent and patient, you will be an expert at antique car maintenance in no time.  Continue reading “Ensure the Long Life of Your Classic Car” »

How to Tell if it’s Time for a New Alternator

It’s your worst nightmare: you have somewhere to be and your car won’t start. There are various reasons that your vehicle won’t start but one of the main culprits could be a bad alternator. If your alternator is failing, it could be time to schedule an appointment for replacement. Keep an eye out for these common signs to see if the time is right to replace your alternator today: Continue reading “How to Tell if it’s Time for a New Alternator” »

4 Car Questions for First-Year College Students

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College is the beginning of many things: new experiences, new friends, and new challenges. Before you send your freshman off for orientation, they should be aware of their campus’ policy on bringing cars. Here are four auto questions to consider before your student goes off to college:  Continue reading “4 Car Questions for First-Year College Students” »

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