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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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” »

Get On Top of Your Road Rage

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Nice weather usually means road more road work on top of the everyday clueless drivers on their phones, cutting in front of you, and driving slow in the left lane. When you are sitting in traffic, running late to an appointment or work, road rage can overtake you. Continue reading “Get On Top of Your Road Rage” »

Is Your Car Annoying Other Drivers?


There are a multitude of car and truck trends that go from the simply annoying flashy details like spinners or awful paint jobs to vanity features that are actually dangerous. Continue reading “Is Your Car Annoying Other Drivers?” »

Telltale Signs of a Great Mechanic

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Having the right mechanic on your side saves you time, money, and the frustration of having a vehicle that is in disrepair or inoperable. That’s why it pays to do your homework. Researching mechanics in your hometown can help you narrow down the selection and determine who is legit and who is not. Continue reading “Telltale Signs of a Great Mechanic” »

Obscure Car Laws from Around the United States

Sometimes obscure laws remain on the books because people forget about them. Sometimes nobody bothers to change them. No matter why they’re still in effect, you can still get tickets for disobeying these weird laws. We’ve put together a list of laws to be sure to follow when you’re in these locations, as weird or funny as they may be.

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How to Clean Your Car Like a Pro

Keeping your car clean and shiny inside and out is no easy chore. With a little elbow grease and ingenuity, and following the tips below, you can have your car looking like new for as long as possible.washing car close-up

Tips to Take Your Car Detailing to the Next Level

  • Start with a stiff scrub brush and compressed air on your carpets. Blow dirt with an air compressor from your car’s floor onto the middle of the carpet so you can vacuum it up. A stiff brush will loosen dirt that has gotten deep into the carpet fibers.
  • Get that new car smell back by taking a small air compressor and blowing out the air ducts.
  • Hand washing is the the best way to wash your car. However, don’t use dish soap like many car owners because it can strip wax coatings and leave your car vulnerable. Use a car wash formula instead.
  • Polish your paint with an oscillating polish machine. (The pros use a rotating polishing machine, but those can harm the paint if you aren’t careful.)
  • Protect your paint with a couple good coats of wax. The second coat will fill in any holes you missed with the first coat. Since wax protects your car’s coat of paint, it’s important that it doesn’t fade away completely. Applying new wax every season will ensure that your car’s paint stays intact.
  • Clean the glass last, and with glass cleaner without ammonia. Up the dirt and grime removal by using a microfiber cloth. When you clean the side windows, roll them down slightly so you can get the tops of them. Applying a glass water repellent to your windshield will help the rainwater to bead.

Clean Cars Are Happy Cars

Washing one’s car on a Sunday afternoon is a time-honored tradition passed down from generation to generation, and it’s not just good for your car’s appearance. It can mean that your car’s paint job lasts as long as your car does. However, even the cleanest, shiniest cars need work under the hood. When your car needs maintenance or repairs, call the experts at Performance Truck and Auto at (334) 245-6600 today.


Top 4 Songs to Sing Along to in the Car

Last month, we posted about Deep South road trip landmarks, listing destinations as far away as New Orleans. Road trips can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you need things to pass the time like road trip bingo or listening to music. Radio reception can be spotty at best in the rural south, so we compiled a short list of the best songs to sing along to on your journey.Young Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top Car

Rockin’ Tunes to Sing:

1. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynard Skynard.

An ode to the great state of Alabama, the first words of the song are, “Turn it up!” You’ll want to turn up this classic rock jam and sing along to the catchy chorus.

2. “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night

Another classic rock anthem. It’s hard not to be joyous when rocking out to Three Dog Night’s biggest hit.

3. “Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes

Hailing from Athens, the Alabama Shakes have taken the Billboard charts by storm. This song is perfect to belt from the back seat, driver’s seat, and every seat in between.

4. “Born on a Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

If you are traveling to Louisiana, this is the perfect song to sing on your way. Bayous cover Louisiana’s swampy landscape, and the CCR classic is the perfect soundtrack.

Make Your Road Trip Great

 Road trip sing-alongs are a great time. What’s not a great time is having to pull over to change a flat or call for a tow. Make auto maintenance and auto repair a priority. It’s important for you to have your vehicle ready to go prior to your road trip. Check fluid levels, tire pressure, caps, and hoses before heading out on the road. You’ll be glad you did!
What are your favorite songs to sing along to on road trips? We want to know. Comment on this blog or check out our Facebook page.

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Five Things You Need to Know Before You Change Your Spark Plugs Yourself

If your spark plugs are getting old or have gone out and need to be replaced, you’ll be happy to hear that changing your spark plugs is actually a fairly simple auto service task you can do yourself. There are a few things that you need to know before you attempt to replace your spark plugs, though. Here are five.

Spark Plug Maintenance Tips

Auto Service Tips in Montgomery, AL

1. Wait Until Your Car is Cool

Try to change your spark plugs before the engine is cool, and you’ll probably strip the threads. It’s best to wait until your engine has cooled down before you attempt this auto service task.

2. Clean the Area

Engines aren’t known for being particularly clean places. If you remove the spark plugs from a dirty engine as part of your routine auto service, dirt and debris can go straight inside your engine and cause damage. Use compressed air or a shop vac to clean the area first.

3. Check if the Plugs Need to Be Replaced

You don’t want to replace your spark plugs if they aren’t the problem. Signs that you need to replace the spark plugs include: your car uses an excessive amount of gas, you have difficulty starting your car, or your engine misfires, surges or has a rough idle. Save your auto service tasks for when they are necessary.

4. Only Change One at a Time

It is essential that you don’t mix the wires when performing this auto service task. Keep the wires straight by only replacing one spark plug at a time. This will actually save you time as you don’t have to spend time figuring out where each plug goes.

5. Screw Them in Straight

Lastly, be sure that your spark plugs are screwed in straight. Otherwise, they could get stuck, a significant problem requiring professional auto service repair. Make sure they are straight by wiggling them slightly as you put them in. If they get tight too quickly, loosen them immediately and try again.

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