Top 5 Car and Truck Maintenance Mistakes

For many of us, our car or truck is our lifeline to the outside world. Without reliable transportation, we’re stranded or stuck relying on friends and family for a ride. However, as dependent as we are on our vehicles, many of us are guilty of committing these five maintenance sins – which one is your auto repair Achilles’ heel? Continue reading “Top 5 Car and Truck Maintenance Mistakes” »

30, 60, 90: Our Recommended Milestones for Scheduling Service

Do you get your vehicle serviced often enough? If you’re like most drivers, you try to get your car in when you can but you’re not perfect. The 30/60/90 rule is recommended by manufacturers to help drivers remember when to make an appointment for service. We’ll explain why these intervals are important and what you can expect at each appointment. Continue reading “30, 60, 90: Our Recommended Milestones for Scheduling Service” »

Five Signs Your Alternator Needs to be Checked

alternator with text five signs your alternator needs to be checked

The alternator in your car is a very important component: it charges your battery while you drive. If your alternator dies while you’re on the road, you only have a few miles to move to safety before you lose power completely. However, a dead alternator doesn’t have to catch you off-guard on the highway if you are taking care of it. Here are five signs for you to be aware of so you don’t end up stranded on your next road trip!  Continue reading “Five Signs Your Alternator Needs to be Checked” »

Treat Your Vehicle to a Spring Tune-Up

car being worked on with text treat your vehicle to a spring tune-up

Now that the Midwest weather is getting warmer, it’s time to shake off winter. That means getting outdoors, and you’ll likely need to drive more. A spring tune-up that takes care of winter rust and other problems is what your car needs. Continue reading “Treat Your Vehicle to a Spring Tune-Up” »

How to Know if your Radiator Needs Flushing

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Knowing when and how often to flush your radiator helps you maintain the longevity of your vehicle. A key part of any automobile, the radiator serves as the heating and cooling mechanism of your car, truck, van or SUV. It’s what keeps the vehicle from overheating while running and also what prevents the engine from freezing up during colder weather.

What Causes a Radiator to Need Flushing

Radiators have a tendency to get dirty over time and the water and antifreeze it uses gets filled with impurities. This prevents the radiator from doing its job efficiently. This is when a flush is inevitable because it helps the engine perform optimally. Without it, you’re at risk of your engine overheating in the summer or freezing up in the winter.

There are two things that indicate when you need a radiator flush. The first is your driving habits. If your vehicle is always on the go, the radiator fluid and/or water that it contains becomes dirty faster. Flushing the radiator lengthens the lifespan of the vehicle which is why it should be done often if you drive a lot.

Flush Less Often by Using High-Quality Radiator Fluid

The other thing to think about is the quality of the fluid that you use. If it’s a cheaper variety, it may not work as well as a brand that is more expensive. Keep this in mind when choosing fluid as saving a few dollars now may cost you more when a flush is needed.

A radiator flush helps keep the part in top working order. It prevents the vehicle from overheating in warmer weather months and freezing up in colder weather months. It helps an automobile run smoothly for years which is why flushing the radiator should be a routine part of your vehicle maintenance.

A radiator flush is simple with Performance Auto Repair. If you think your radiator needs flushing, or you’d like to make an appointment for any other car or truck issue, contact Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery today.

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