What to Do If You Hit a Deer

October is a beautiful time of year – cooling temperatures, changing leaf colors, and of course, deer crossing. October through January is deer mating season, which means they will be increasingly active, especially at dawn and dusk. Animal collisions can be incredibly scary and dangerous. Here are a few tips on what to do if you encounter a deer while driving.

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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” »

Why is Tire Repair Important?

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In 2000, the Federal Highway Administration reported nearly 200 million licensed drivers. Most drivers in their thirties and forties clock around 15,000 miles every year. That’s a lot of driving! It also means that their tires see a lot of wear and tear. This means that they may need to be repaired sooner rather than later. Continue reading “Why is Tire Repair Important?” »

Gas Station Mis-happenings and Fuel Safety

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Refueling your vehicle is usually a simple task, but mishaps happen. From injuring your engine to starting a fire, the gas station can be a dangerous place without taking precautions.

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Keep Your Car AC Healthy

Even though it’s September, summer isn’t over yet. It’s still hot and humid in Alabama. You’ll more than likely stop using your car air conditioning in a few months, but doesn’t mean that you should neglect maintaining it. To ensure that your AC runs smoothly for the rest of the warm season, and when you want it to work for next summer.  Image of car air conditioning knob.

Service Your Air Conditioner Regularly

Professional air conditioning maintenance helps ensure maximum comfort for you and your passengers. Your air conditioner does not simply blow cool air into your cabin,  it removes hot air from within the car, and disburses hot air around the outside of the car. The AC is composed of several parts such as the evaporator, compressor and condenser. All the parts need to work correctly, and they need to be checked for wear and tear.

Maintenance Tips

You should run your air conditioner at least once a week for a few minutes even in the winter. Doing so helps ensure that the valves, pumps and hoses in the system remain lubricated and functioning.

Ask your mechanic to check your air conditioner’s refrigerant, and to re-gas the system if needed. Have your air conditioner checked out once a year for the best results.

What does good car air conditioner service include?

Every car make and model will have different needs. Your mechanic will be trained on your car’s specific needs. When it comes to re-gassing your air conditioner, your mechanic will also know the proper handling and disposal procedures to keep your car AC safe.

The technicians at Performance Truck and Auto Repair are well-versed and trained in all things air conditioner repair and maintenance. With a little preventive maintenance and care, your AC will run smoothly as long as your car is on the road. For more information, call us at (334) 245-6600 today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Find an Honest Mechanic

July 7 is Tell the Truth Day, and Performance Truck and Auto wants to celebrate. We all know that honesty is the best policy, but what does that mean in terms of auto repair and maintenance? We’ve all heard horror stories about sketchy mechanics charging an arm and a leg for simple repairs, or recommending services that were completely unnecessary. While those bad eggs may give the automotive repair industry a bad reputation, not all mechanics are dishonest. Finding a reputable mechanic is not only great for your car, but for your peace of mind. Here are some tips to make sure your mechanic is one of the good guys:Shifty Mechanic

Ask Questions

If a mechanic cannot explain why a repair is necessary in plain language–or he or she is not willing too, it’s a good indication that he or she is either dishonest or inept and under-trained. The Internet is full of information about fair prices for repair and maintenance.

A Good Mechanic Is Like a Good Doctor

Having regular check-ups with a good general practitioner for minor health issues can prevent major health issues in the future. Maintenance for your car works much the same way. Replacing a timing belt long before it snaps and the pistons hit the valves prevents disaster for your engine.

Well-Qualified With the Right Tools

Look for things like ASE certification and ASA membership. While those certifications and memberships don’t guarantee that the mechanic is reputable, they do mean that the shop invests in itself. Every shop claims to be the best with the most accurate repair and maintenance services, but mechanics with ASE certification must be trained and tested every five years to keep their certification.

When you do find an honest auto repair shop that won’t give you the run-around, stick with it. Your car will thank you. The ASE-certified experts at Performance Truck and Auto are the real deal. Call us at (334) 245-6600 for all your auto repair and maintenance needs.

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Why Is My Car Shaking?

Driving down the road with your car shaking is never ideal. There are a number of things that contribute to vibrations. It may be the tires, a bent rim or the breaks. If car shaking persists, it could damage the tires and suspension.Waveform background isolated. Black and white halftone vector so

A Bumpy Ride Caused by a Bumpy Road

Potholes, curbs, speed bumps, and poor road conditions take their toll on your vehicle. Car shaking and vibrating is often due to tire balance. Having a qualified mechanic balance the tires remedies the situation in many cases.

Other causes of car shaking includes worn suspension parts, brake rotor pulsation, snow, mud, and debris build-up, loose wheel bearings, transmission and motor problems. If your steering wheel shakes, this likely is the cause. Not only is it a nuisance, it could lead to bigger more expensive repairs later down the road.

If car shaking comes from an engine compartment, it may be a lack of air, fuel or spark. Some symptoms to look for is shudder or jerking while accelerating or staccato shaking when the vehicle reaches a specific speed range. Also, it’s alarming if the car starts and drives ok for a while but shakes later on.

Talk to an Expert

Concerned about car shaking? Have a mechanic take a look at things before they worsen. It’s not an alignment you need. Braking and shaking indicates the rotors need replaced or resurfaced.

A new set of spark plugs might do the trick. A dirty or clogged air filter wreaks havoc as well. Replace them as needed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Don’t let car shaking ruin your day. Find out what the cause is and repair it before it becomes a bigger issue. Take your vehicle in and have it serviced by a professional. They’ll be able to diagnose the problem so you can take care of it right away.

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Keeping Your Car on the Road for the Long Haul

A car is a complex and expensive machine. While it may be nice to have a new automobile, it isn’t realistic for most people to afford the latest and greatest model year. In fact, it usually makes much more financial sense to keep your current car on the road for as long as possible. A routine vehicle inspection can be the best way to make sure you get maximum longevity out of your car.

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A vehicle inspection should include a review of all your car’s major components and systems. You can do some of it yourself. In other instances, it makes the most sense to have a professional perform the vehicle inspection. Here are some things you can do to make sure your car passes its next vehicle inspection with flying colors.

Familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual, and make sure to stay on top of all recommended routine maintenance. Simple things like oil changes and tire inflation can make a big difference in how your car runs and how long it lasts. Plus, any mechanic will perform at least a routine vehicle inspection when you bring your car in for an oil change.

Taking better care of your car can mean taking your time. Slow down your speed, and don’t stomp on the gas pedal or the brakes. You’ll only cause unnecessary wear and tear on the engine and other components when you drive in a demanding fashion. Make a habit of driving slow and easy for a better vehicle inspection.

A car with a healthy exterior is bound to last longer. Paint may make your vehicle more attractive, but it also protects the body from rust and sun damage. Don’t let nicks and scratches stick around. Get rid of them during your next vehicle inspection.

Performance Trucks & Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL can help you keep your car on the road for the long haul. We provide experienced and affordable automotive care, and can help with any repairs or accessories your car or truck may need.

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How to Prepare Your Truck for Off-Roading

Off-road courses offer fun and adventure. They also take a toll on your truck. If you haven’t looked into modifications before, now is the time to do so. It’ll keep your truck running smoothly while off-roading with family or friends.Close-Up On A Front End Of  All-Terrain Vehicle Participating In

Here are some ways to prepare your truck for off-roading:

• Adjust your suspension. Lifted suspension allows you to go where no one has gone before. It gives you clearance on uneven ground while off-roading. Without the lift, the undercarriage of your truck takes a beating. If lifted too high, your vehicle may turn over while off-roading. No one wants to deal with that!
• Upgrade your differentials. Send more power to the wheels with the most traction with brake lot differentials. They trigger the caliper of your spinning tires. They also send power to the wheel which helps you navigate steep slopes and challenging obstacles. This makes off-roading much easier to maneuver.
• Install a skid plate. Keep the front of your truck intact while off-roading. A skid plate improves safety and strength. It’s installed at the nose of the vehicle and keeps sharp objects away from rocker panels, the oil pan, and gas tank. You won’t
• Upgrade your tires. Larger tires make it easier to clear the ground while off-roading. They also make the ride smoother. You’ll have an easier time handling your truck with larger tires. The best options for off-roading are tires that are 20 inches to 35 inches. The PSI needs to be 5 to 15. Standard treading may not be sufficient enough to handle sharp rocks and uneven terrain. When in doubt, ask someone who knows the off-road course well what they recommend.

Before you go off-roading in your truck this year, prepare for tough terrain accordingly. Follow the aforementioned list of tips above and have fun enjoying your newest pastime. Off-roading is one exciting way to spend your weekends off from work.

Performance Trucks & Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL can help you prepare your vehicle for off road driving. We provide experienced and affordable automotive care, and can help with any repairs or accessories your truck may need.

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What to Do if Your Car Does Overheat

In our last post, we covered how to prevent your car from overheating. However, sometimes even with routine maintenance a car can overheat. For instance, hot weather causes cars to overheat. If you find yourself in a dilemma like this, act quickly. If you’re stuck in traffic and have nowhere to pull off, shut off your air conditioner and open your windows. You want the engine to cool down quickly.Man And His Over Heated Car

Here are some other tips recommended by repair and maintenance experts:

• Turn on the heater and blower if the vehicle continues to overheat. Transfer the heat from the engine to the passenger compartment of the vehicle. You’ll be hot but your vehicle won’t be. A maintenance and repair shop needs to be the next stop on your list.
• Shift into Neutral or Park when stopped in traffic. The water pump and fan speed up making liquid and air pass through the radiator quickly. Once the air and liquid circulate, the vehicle cools. It’s less likely to overheat for more than a couple of minutes.
• Go easy on the brakes. Brake drag cause the engine to heat up and sometimes overheat. Crawl along slowly. Be careful not to run into any automobiles, however, or you’ll need more than scheduled maintenance to repair your vehicle. Avoid the maintenance and repair shop by driving slow and pulling off whenever you can safely.
If your car overheats, don’t panic. It happens to the best of us! Pull over to the side of the road or street, pop the hood, and turn off the ignition. Let everything cool down on its own. Do not remove the radiator cap because you’ll be burned by the steam coming out. When in doubt, call the maintenance and repair shop and request that a mechanic assist you roadside.
Add antifreeze/coolant. Call a repair shop if the vehicle continues to overheat. It’s indicative to other problems which cost a mint if not taken care of right away. Perform routine maintenance on your vehicle as a preventative measure against cooling. Top off fluids, check hoses, and make sure caps are tight and not broken.
Having a mechanic perform a maintenance check to identify problems that need repair is a wise move on your behalf. If you don’t want your vehicle to overheat, you’ll want to take the steps necessary to prevent that from happening.

Performance Trucks & Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL can help you when your car overheats. We provide experienced and affordable automotive care, and can help with any repairs or accessories your truck may need.

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