5 Tips to Keep Your Car In Great Shape

Rainproof Your Windshield

Did you know manufacturers recommend replacing your blades every three months? Not many people will replace their wipers until they start to perform poorly. A product such as Rain Clear can help minimize the work your wipers do, just spray it onto the glass every few weeks. Continue reading “5 Tips to Keep Your Car In Great Shape” »

4 Tips to Save Money on Vehicle Repair

Just thinking about car repair can send shivers through you; they tend to be expensive and take forever in the shop. You’re going to have to spend money no matter, but that means you should give it over to just any mechanic.  Continue reading “4 Tips to Save Money on Vehicle Repair” »

Make Sure Your Car is Ready For Summer Heat

Plenty of people prepare their cars ready for extremely cold temperatures to make sure they are safe on slick roads and that they will be warm enough. What about summer, though? Making sure your car is up to the test of the US during summertime is just as important as the winter. Continue reading “Make Sure Your Car is Ready For Summer Heat” »

Picking the Right Tires for Your Car or Truck

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Picking the right tires for your car or truck takes practice. It’s a routine part of car maintenance because bald tires cause accidents. If you want to refrain from blowing out tires while driving down a busy highway or interstate, you’re going to need to rotate and maintain them. Buying the right vehicle parts is car maintenance 101, and you’ll learn how to shop for them here. Continue reading “Picking the Right Tires for Your Car or Truck” »

Preparing Your Car for a Summer Road Trip

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Summer road trips are a beloved national pastime, an excellent use of long warm days to explore the open road and witness new pastures. But as fun as they can be, your trip can be derailed in a second by a fault in your car. Preventative maintenance is the responsible choice when planning a road trip, and getting prepared is as easy as a few simple steps. Continue reading “Preparing Your Car for a Summer Road Trip” »

Going on Spring Break? Make Sure Your Car is Ready!

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Before hitting the open road on your spring break adventure, you want to make sure your car is ready for the trip. There are several easy ways to make car maintenance your number one priority. Read further for a list of suggestions even a novice can do.

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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. 

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 Do I Know if My Alternator Is Going Out?

A car’s alternator charges the battery while driving. If your alternator goes out while you’re driving, it means that you’ll be driving for only a few miles before your car completely dies. It can be scary if you’re on the freeway when it happens. A bad alternator doesn’t have to be an unpleasant surprise. Your car will let you know that your alternator is going out with a these six signs:Checking Engine Electronic

1. A Warning Light

Most modern cars have dashboard warning lights — usually shaped like a battery, but some will say ALT or GEN — that let you know when the alternator is on the fritz. Do not ignore the light. Take your car to a professional for diagnostic service.

2. Dim or Flickering Headlights

The alternator provides power to the headlights, and the flickering or dimming means that the alternator isn’t performing like it should.

3. Electrical Failures

When the alternator goes bad, it takes all the electrical systems with it. That means your power windows, locks, dashboard lights, radio and air conditioner won’t work.

4. The Car Has a Tough Time Starting or it Stalls

Cars do not run on gas alone. It also runs on electricity — even if it’s not a hybrid. The alternator powers the spark plugs that ignite your engine’s gasoline. If the alternator is expiring, it can’t keep the engine alive, and eventually it won’t start at all.

5. Weird Noises

The alternator can cause some of the engine’s bearings to fail. If you hear weird noises, especially coupled with the other listed symptoms, your alternator may be going bad.

6. The Battery Dies

While batteries die on their own, a bad alternator can also be the culprit. A bad alternator can actually drain the battery because it fails to recharge it. If your battery completely dies — especially if it hasn’t been very long since you last replaced it — have your alternator checked.

Your car’s alternator provides your car with the charge it needs to get you where you need to go. If you experience any of the above signs, take your car to Performance Truck and Auto Repair. We’ll be happy to diagnose and repair the issue to keep you on the road. To learn more, call us at (334) 245-6600 today.

 

How to Jump Start a Car

Jump starting a car is a skill everyone should have. You may have left your lights on, or maybe you’re just being a good Samaritan. Either way, jump starting a car can be quick and easy with a few simple steps:Engine Start

Jump Starting 101

1. Park both cars about a foot and a half apart, nose to nose. Be sure your parking brake is on, or for automatics, that your car is in park.

2. Make sure both cars are turned off–obviously the car that needs a jump will be off. Make sure neither car’s battery is not corroded or otherwise suspect. If either battery is corroded, take your car to a professional mechanic and have your battery replaced.

3. Find the positive and negative terminals on each battery. The positive terminals have plus signs and are colored red, and the negative terminals have minus signs and are colored black.

4. Identify the proper ends of your jumper cables. The positive and negative ends correspond with the red and black battery terminals.

5. Attach the red/positive jumper cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal.

6. Attach the other red/positive jumper cable to the live battery’s red/positive terminal.

7. Now attach the black/negative end of the jumper cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.

8. With the other black/negative end of the cable, attach it to an unpainted metal part of the car under the hood with the dead battery. Keep away from the battery itself, but attach the cable to to the engine block–preferably to an unpainted bolt.

9. Clear the area.

10. Start the car with the live engine’s battery.

11. Now start the car with the dead battery. If it turns over, let it run for a few minutes. If it doesn’t start the first time, let it set for another minute or two with the live battery car running. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll need to have your car towed to a qualified mechanic who can get to the root of the problem.

12. If the dead car runs, disconnect the cables in the reverse order of which you attached them. Always check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations.

Contact Us Today

If you still can’t get your car up and running, call Performance Truck and Auto at (334) 245-6600. We’ll be happy to diagnose the problem.

Getting Your Car Ready for Summer

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June 21 officially marks the start of summer 2015. In Alabama, that means we can count on hot and humid weather, backyard barbecues and vacations. Many people will pack up their cars and head out on the open road for a family road trip. The only thing worse than forgetting to bring your sunscreen is being left stranded on the side of the road or stuck at a car rental place with ruined summer plans.

The Importance of a Pre-Trip Checkup for Your Vehicle

Along with making sure you’ve packed plenty of underwear, turned the lights off and locked the doors, making sure your vehicle is road-ready should be a top priority. Your vehicle passing the checkup can mean the difference between smooth sailing to your destination and back or disaster.

Better to Be Safe than Sorry

Your mom has gotten more than a few things right. Telling you to be safe was one of them.

  • Check the filters and fluids.
  • Check your air conditioning
  • Check the windshield wipers.
  • Check the brakes.
  • Check your battery.
  • Check the tires.
  • Check your electronics.
  • Pack your emergency kit.
  • Enjoy the open road!

Choose a Qualified Expert to Check These Items off Your List

The ASE certified experts at Performance Truck and Auto would be glad to give your car a thorough checkup before you head out on the road trip of your dreams. If any one or more of the above checklist items need maintenance, repair or attention, we’ve got you covered. If you want to head out on a road trip, but are unsure of where to go, click here for excellent Deep South road trip destinations.

Get ready for your next road trip adventure by getting a thorough car checkup. Call Performance Truck and Auto in Montgomery at (334) 245-6600 today.