Three Things To Do If Your Car Won’t Start

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” »

Top 4 Causes of Car Breakdowns

man in a business suit pushing a car with title text top four causes of car breakdowns.

If your worst nightmare is having your car break down suddenly in the middle of morning rush hour then keep reading for the top problems that will probably cause your car’s issues. Continue reading “Top 4 Causes of Car Breakdowns” »

Your Vehicle’s Spring Maintenance Checklist

Believe it or not, we are getting close to the end of these cold winter months. So it is important to look ahead and to get your vehicle ready with some after-winter maintenance. Here is a check-list for your vehicle’s care going into spring:

performance-truck-auto-serviceGet a radiator flush

Your antifreeze mixture had a long winter. Spring time is a good time to get a radiator flush.

Get your tires inspected:

Driving through all the snow and ice put some serious wear and tear on your tires. Get them inspected so they’re ready to go for spring. Getting a tire rotation will help extend the life of your tires. Make sure you check out your air pressure as well, as cold weather usually will adjust your tire pressure.

Wiper Blades

Replace your wipers now! After all, they’ve had a hard winter, too, going through all of that ice and snow and salt put on the roads.

Fluids

Winter driving conditions makes your engine work harder than ever. It is a good idea to come in, get an oil change and get your fluids topped.

Battery

Your battery gets it pretty rough in the winter, too. So make sure you get it checked out now. The cold weather can make it harder for it to work which can sometimes cause it to fail. Keep an eye out for dimmed lights (headlights or interior). This usually implies a weak battery.

Test the A/C.

Yeah, it is cold out still… but that doesn’t your air conditioner isn’t having an issue. You might not notice it until it is the first hot day of the year and you’ll be dying to have your A/C back again.

Underbody

Salt buildup can take a toll on your car’s parts underneath your vehicle. Make sure you get it properly cleaned before you head into the spring!

Taking these steps and getting a spring maintenance check will help keep your car in proper condition and give you peace of mind while on the road. It could also help with your fuel mileage or save you money by avoiding a summer breakdown.

For more information on care care and our services, contact us at Performance Truck and Auto Service and set an appointment today!

Need to get your vehicle ready for the spring? Call Performance Truck and Auto Services today at (334) 245-6600

30, 60, 90 Mile Maintenance

When you get a new vehicle, there are three big milestones that you need to keep in mind: 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles and 90,000 miles

30, 60, 90.

Easy to remember, right? More often than not, you will hit these milestones for your car and when the time comes, it is extremely important to get your car serviced.

CAR-MAINTENANCE-PERFORMANCE-TRUCKSWhy are these milestones important? Well we recommend this service because it helps maximize your vehicle’s longevity and performance. Proper understanding of these milestones and education of the necesity to schedule these services should be communicated by the car dealership when the car is purchased and should be emphasized each time you go back for a service appointment.

The 30, 60, 90 mile maintenance service does the following:

  • The vehicle’s components and systems are inspected and evaluated
  • You will receive a future schedule of components and systems in your vehicle that are recommended to be changed (specific to your vehicle’s model)
  • A record of recommendation of services by the technician
  • Factory recommendations for your vehicle under normal and severe driving conditions

What are the benefits of the 30, 60, 90 mile maintenance program?

  • Protects your vehicle’s warranty
  • Maximizes resale value of the vehicle
  • Reduces risk of breaking down
  • Extends life of all components and systems in the vehicle
  • Safer driving conditions
  • Maximization of fuel economy

As you can see, there are many benefits of the 30, 60, 90 mile maintenance program. The overall benefits and money will always outweigh the time and money you spend on getting your car serviced.

Here are just some of the services that will be applied to your vehicle (IF NECESSARY):

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Replace vent filter
  • Inspect belts and hoses
  • Check lube, oil and filters
  • Brake inspection
  • Tire pressure check
  • Brake fluid flush
  • Suspension and shock check
  • Tire rotation
  • Air filter replacement
  • Cleaning engine, brakes, etc.
  • Flush coolant system
  • Check emissions

When it is time to schedule your 30, 60 or 90 maintenance, call Performance Trucks at (334) 245-6600 and we’ll discuss exactly what we can do for your vehicle.

Tips For Prolonging Your Car Battery

Maintaining the original quality of your car battery can be a huge task if you are not aware of the precautions to take and tips to follow. However, there are several ways in which you could accomplish this crucial task.

Tips For Prolonging Your Car Battery

Give importance to driving your car on a regular basis regardless of your driving requirements. Keeping your car stationary will make the battery lose charge when unused for prolonged periods. This can also make the battery experience several problems such as leakages and short-circuits. Your car battery should always maintain a sufficient amount of charge.

Get the quality of your car’s engine checked on a regular basis. Battery overloading problems are experienced in cases where the engine has not been maintained for a long time.

Charging your car battery regularly as per the guidelines is always necessary. If you overcharge it regularly without having any focus about its operation, then it might be highly problematic in the long run. Similarly, you should never consider using it without a sufficient charge. Remember that both overcharging and undercharging your battery is always dangerous. Effective use of your battery in a controlled manner is the key to providing you with most successful battery life usage.

Battery draining is a major problem that needs to be addressed quickly. Leaving the battery on by using several car accessories in a continuous fashion will be highly problematic. Checking the level of battery consumption for specific uses can be important.

If you leave your battery on under damp conditions, then it might cause severe problems regarding its operation. This can result in short circuiting. The vibrations experienced while driving your car might also damage the quality of the battery. Inspecting the battery terminals for proper operation is always a great idea to help in Prolonging Your Car Battery.

To learn more about how Performance Truck & Auto Repair can help extend the life of your car, contact us at (334) 245-6600.

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