When you should get an oil change

performance-trucks-oil-changeDid you know there are more than 300 million vehicles on the road today? The key to having a working vehicle and keeping it healthy is having quality oil changes. Think of oil as your blood. You do not want to put unhealthy blood in your body, so why would you put bad oil into your car?

Sometimes companies will give you discounted oil changes but how do you know if you are really getting a good deal?

Most times, when a professional installs motor oil into your car, the business will confirm with the driver about what kind of oil is going to be put into your car. However, they will most likely use this as an opportunity to up sell you on the oil used.

Here is a simple checklist you should use to make an informed decision about your motor oil:

  • When to change: Check your owner’s manual for t

    he recommended oil change frequency. Your car may have an oil life monitor on it, as well, so keep close check on that.

  • Know what you are getting: The professional should be able to tell you the brand name, viscosity grade, and performance level of the oil before they pour it into your car. Ask for it in writing or receipt. If they can’t confirm what they’re putting in your car or won’t write it down, you should consider a different oil change service at another location.
  • Does the oil meet your performance level recommended for your car?: The type of motor oil used in your car matters on two levels: the type of vehicle you have and how you use it. You should check your vehicle manufacturer manual  to find the motor oil recommended for your level of performance.

Your car matters and so does the oil you put inside it. To make sure you are getting a quality oil change, stop on by Performance Trucks and we’ll treat your car the way it needs to be treated. Give us a call today at (334) 245-6600

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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

Benefits of tire rotation for your vehicle

Tire rotation and inspection is extremely vital to the life of your vehicle and your tires.  While we recommend you to regularly get your tires rotated for the benefit of your tires, there are many benefits that your vehicles gets from it .

performance-truck-tire-rotationWhy is it important for your tires?

Tires wear differently depending on their position on the vehicle, the weather, temperature, terrain, the way you drive and the state of your suspension. For example, cars with front-wheel drive usually have more wear and tear on the front tires. By rotating your tires, the law of averages evenly distribute the wear across all tires, which means you get the most out of your tires, mileage-wise and traction-wise. You can increase the life of your tires by 20 percent!

What are the other benefits?

  • Vehicles that regularly get tire rotations end up using less gas. The vehicle ends up using less gas because the tires do less work when the tires get equal wear and tear. With less tire pulling and road friction, gas mileage goes up. They money you save from rotating your tires outweighs the amount of money you spend on a tire rotation.
  • Tires that are excessively worn have an increased risk of tire failure. A blow-out could occur.
  • Switching the placement of tires end up avoiding misalignment  in the front-end of your car, which will give your vehicle better handling.

What is the service?
Your tires should be rotated at regular intervals by an experienced mechanic. Changing the position of the tires on your vehicle, according to your vehicle and tire manufacturers’ recommended rotation pattern.

How often should I get my tires rotated?

All vehicles are different but you should go every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Many tire stores will recommend a tire rotation every 6,000 miles. If you do it right, you’ll get all the benefits of tire rotation. Otherwise, you may not get any benefits if you have different intervals.

Performance Trucks

Performance Trucks can help you get your vehicle properly serviced with a quality tire rotation. Stop in, call us, or visit our website today for more information!

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.

Cold Air Intake Tips for Performance

As a car lover, there’s nothing better than driving around with a beast under your hood. However, when it comes to improving engine performance, many modifications can be rather time consuming. A great way to give your ride a little extra kick, without making major alterations, is by using a cold air intake.

Why do I want a Cold Air Intake?

Warm air doesn’t expand as much when in the pistons. However, cold air does. So, by cooling the air you are allowing for maximum combustion and you know what that means .. More Power.

A cold air intake is installed on the intake side of the engine and theoretically increases horsepower by pulling dense, cold air into the engine. This is not going to be a dramatic increase in horsepower, like you would see by installing a high end supercharger. However, it is a low cost and easy to install device that will give a slight boost in performance of anywhere from 3 to 15 horsepower.

Another great benefit is that a cold air intake increases the amount of oxygen in the engine. With an abundance of air your engine does not have to work as hard while driving. This will result in better fuel consumption and less engine damage.

Cold Air Intake Precautions

When the intake is located near the bottom of the vehicle, you are at risk of sucking up water from puddles when driving in wet conditions. This water can possibly go straight to the engine and destroy it.

You should also make sure that the cold air intake has sufficient filtration. Car manufactures go to great efforts to make sure that excess dirt is prevented from entering the engine. If the cold air intake is not properly sealed from dirt and debris, the engines life expectancy could be shortened.

Used Car Buying Guide

With a less than booming economy, used car sales have increased. A recent report on MSN reported nearly 40 million being purchased last year alone. There are plenty of options too, so how do you go about picking the right one?

Choosing a Car

Test drives and perusing lots at night to avoid over zealous salesmen is all fun and games. But when it comes to actually settling on a car…make sure you know what it is you need, not what you want. Sports cars are great if you’re single, but if you’re married that’s a different story. They aren’t going to get anyone to soccer practice or help you move into the new house. Keep your lifestyle–family, recreation, and driving habits–in mind for starters.

Research

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a type of vehicle–SUV, truck, van, sedan, etc.–dig a little deeper than gas mileage and features. Check Kelley Blue Book for approximate values of the vehicle in question. This will help in determining which dealer/seller to go with and in negotiating a final price.

All used cars are required to have a Buyers Guide that will contain information in regards to warranty, inspection, and some well-known problems associated with each vehicle. If this isn’t explicitly offered, go ahead and ask your dealer or salesman for a copy.

Dealerships and sellers can easily tell you about all the perks that come with each vehicle, so turn to consumers for the hard truth. Consumer reviews will abound with common mechanical and performance issues. Knowing what’s in store could save you a ton of money in the future. Now that you know just what you’ve gotten yourself in to, don’t be a stick in the mud.

Be Flexible

Setting your hopes and sights on one car could be a huge mistake. While cars like the Ford Focus and Toyota Camry are still in high demand, new and used, they also carry a higher price tag. Don’t be quick to shun other cars within the same class. Less popular makes and models, such as the Chevy Malibu or Mazada 6, are equally reliable vehicles and aren’t likely to put as big a hole in your wallet.

Car shopping is portrayed as this exciting, fun event. In reality, it’s usually a lot more overwhelming and daunting than we want it to be. Knowing the facts before you dive into your latest investment will make it worth the ride.

How to Prevent a Few Common Auto Repairs

Let’s face it, you would much rather spend your hard-earned money on things more exciting than auto repair. At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we know how frustrating it is when your car needs to be fixed. We love repairing cars, but we love happy customers even more. So, in the spirit of our mission, we’ve created a list of ways you can prevent a few of the most common auto repairs.

Brake Pad Replacement

Brakes are an extremely important safety component of every car. Monitoring your brake pads is an easy way to avoid having to replace your car’s brake rotors, which can be a more expensive fix. Lucky for you, there are a couple of easy ways to tell if your brake pads need to be replaced.

As you come to a stop, many brake pads make a screeching or grinding sound when they need to be serviced. “But noise alone isn’t always the best indicator, so it’s best to anticipate when this will happen by periodically inspecting the thickness of the brake pads,” reported Edmunds. If your brake pads appear to be thin, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible, as to avoid unwanted damage to the brake rotors.  The good news is that even if you have a limited skill set, most brake pads can be conveniently  replaced at home.

Engine Misfire

A healthy engine is a beautiful thing, but an engine in need of repair can be a nightmare. Sadly, if you don’t keep up on your engine maintenance, a number of things can go awry in this complex piece of machinery. A common but preventable issue is engine misfire. Vacuum leaks, damaged spark plugs, and poor fuel delivery are just a few things that can create engine misfire issues. Engine repairs can cost you a pretty penny, ranging anywhere from 100 to 10,000 dollars.

Typically, these problems can be prevented by sticking to your car’s engine maintenance schedule. Regular engine checkups are also important, because they allow professionals to foresee potential issues and identify any small repairs that need to be made. We also suggest you have an annual trouble-code scan done, because it can help recognize future engine problems.

Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System Breakdown

Codes for EVAP leaks often appear when there is a leak or another issue within the system. Finding the leak or defective part and fixing it can be costly — ranging between 100 to 700 dollars.

Want to save money? There are a few easy ways you can prevent this issue. If you always look into a check engine light and make a habit of securely fastening the gas cap each time you fill your tank, your engine will be better protected. “In addition, a good rust protection application helps to keep system line corrosion to a minimum,” said an AOL article.

It’s summertime, and we don’t want you dipping into your vacation funds to make auto repairs that are usually preventable. We’re industry experts, so take our advice and keep up on your car maintenance. And in the event that your car does need a repair, remember that Performance Truck & Automotive Repair is just the place for the job!

 

Tire Repair – How to Fix Them

If you’ve owned a car for any significant amount of time, you’ve probably run into a tire repair issue or two. At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we’ve encountered our fair share of tire repair issues, so we understand your frustration. Fortunately, not all tire repair results in the purchase of new tires — many issues can be fixed quickly and affordably. Knowing how to spot an issue and which tire repair solution is best for your unique situation can save you lots of time and money. Because we’re dedicated to our customers, we’ll share details about how you can save big on tire repair.

Locate the Puncture – finding the location of the puncture is the first thing you’ll need to do when assessing tire damage. If you’re lucky, the object that punctured your tire may still be visible. This is helpful, because it’s usually a good indication of the location and size of the hole. Don’t see an object? Carefully inspect the exterior of your tire until you find the damage. One source suggests marking the repair site with tape or a sharpie.  Once you’ve clearly labeled the hole, it’s safe to remove the object.

Sidewall – just as the name suggests, the “sidewall” is on the side of your tire. As a rule of thumb, never try to repair a sidewall. Attempting to do so could cause a tire blowout on the road.

Plug – if it’s possible, plugging a tire is an affordable and quick tire repair solution. For just around ten dollars, you can usually get a significant amount of miles from a punctured tire. “Newer plugs ‘vulcanize’ to the tire for improved stability on the road. As a result, a driver can get a quick tire plug and drive another 20k miles on the tire with no problems,” reported a tire repair article. There are some stipulations about what kind of tire repairs can be fixed with plugs, though.

Plugs work well for small, straight punctures. However, diagonal holes and punctures near a tire’s sidewall are better suited for patches. If your situation permits, plugs are an excellent tire repair solution. For the best results, remember to carefully follow the plug kit’s instructions and make sure the tire is plugged well.

Patches – as mentioned, patches are great repair solutions for holes that are within the vicinity of your car’s sidewall. They’re also good tools for repairing angled punctures. Done right, patches are a safe tire repair solution that are far more affordable than tire replacement. It’s essential that you pay attention to the parameters for using patches and their restrictions. Have a larger hole? “A puncture of greater than 1/4″ in diameter will require a more complicated solution than a plug and patch,” reported an automotive authority.

Now that you’ve made the distinction between which tire repairs are safe to fix and what solutions work best for different situations, you’re sure to save money on future tire repairs. For instances that require the help of an expert, you can count on Performance Truck  & Automotive Repair to get the job done. Give us a call at (334) 245-6600 — we look forward to serving you!

Auto Shops – How to Choose the Best Places for Repair and Service Works in Montgomery, AL

Having access to a reliable auto shop is as important as driving a dependable vehicle. Why? Because it’s the automobile experts from the auto shop you select who will assess and repair your vehicle. With so many auto shops claiming to be the “best” in the business, it can be difficult for drivers to choose the best auto shop for their car repair and servicing needs. At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we care about you and have compiled a list of tips to help make the decision process easier.

Tools & Expertise

So, just how can you find the right shop for servicing your vehicle? When it comes to identifying a reliable auto shop, you’ll need to examine the tools that particular auto shop uses. They say you can evaluate a craftsman based on the tools he uses. And as far as auto shops are concerned, the same rules apply. If you find an auto shop that takes good care of its tools, consider giving it a shot.

In addition to this factor, always try taking your vehicle to an auto shop that operates on the type of vehicle you own. For instance, if you want to repair or service a Japanese car, make sure to choose an auto shop that specializes in dealing with Japanese automobiles. Finding the right match is important, because done right, that auto shop will be able to provide you with the best service possible.

Head Online

These days, you can access tons of reviews about different auto shops online. We suggest taking advantage of this wealth of available information, as it is likely to steer you in the right direction. For more information, we suggest visiting auto shop websites. Here, you’ll find detailed information about their services, fees, location, etc.

Word of Mouth

As a rule of thumb, word-of-mouth reviews are  reliable sources when it comes to selecting a service provider, and auto shops are no exception. As you know, word-of-mouth recommendations are always helpful. So, when in doubt, ask your friends and family where they take their vehicles for servicing and repair works.

At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we care about our customers and their cars. Ask around. You’ll learn why we’re the right auto shop for you! For more information, visit our site or call (334) 245-6600.

Handy Auto Repair Apps

At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we understand how frustrating auto repair can be. What’s worse than needing auto repair? Trying to find an auto repair shop can be difficult and time consuming. We’re all about productivity here, so we searched the app store and found a couple of auto repair gems.

Repair Pal

Before you find yourself amidst a full-fledged auto repair crisis, take a few moments and download the Repair Pal app. This app is free in both the Google Play and Apple stores, so there’s no excuse to not download this tool. Trust us, this app will be a serious game changer the next time your car needs auto repair. The way it works is easy. Simply launch the app, enter your car’s make and model, year, and current auto repair issue.

Once you’ve filled in all of the blanks, begin your search using either your current GPS location or a zip code. This app mulls through local auto shops and dealerships and creates a location-based bid for each result. Along with an estimate of your auto repair fix, you’ll find star ratings and contact information for each result. Repair Pal will save you time and frustration, allowing you to make better auto repair decisions.

Crash Space

Crash Space works similarly to Repair Pal. The main difference? This app focuses exclusively on bodywork. Repairing your car’s bodywork can be very expensive, but thanks to Crash Space, auto repair is more affordable than ever. If you want to avoid the hassle of wheeling and dealing with auto shops, this is the perfect app for you. Once you’ve downloaded this free tool in the Apple store, just provide your body shop auto repair issue and contact information. After the app has finished searching auto shops within a 25-mile radius, you’ll get emails notifying you when you receive bid information. Want to get a really accurate bid? This app enables you to submit photos of you car’s bodywork damage, too.

Auto repair can be time consuming, expensive, and at times, trying. Thankfully, there are some apps out there that can help with all of these issues. So, before you find your car broken down on the side of the road and feel like you are on the verge of a personal breakdown, download these handy auto repair apps. Need reliable and affordable auto repair service? Call Performance Truck & Automotive Repair at (334) 245-6600 today.

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