Why is Tire Repair Important?

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?” »

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.

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.

Beat the Heat with Air Conditioner Maintenance

Summer creeps ever closer—it’s still about a month away, officially speaking. Schools are letting out and the weather has taken a turn for the better. Finally. Temperatures have even inched into the 80s lately. Make sure your car’s air conditioner is ready to beat the summer heat.

No one likes to sit in traffic or commute to work in a stuffy car. It’s miserable. Addressing the problem can often be difficult for the average, non-car buff kind of person. Freon, a thing we’ve all heard of, is a compressed liquid and gas combination that circulates through the A/C system. But that’s not all that makes the air conditioning work. There are several other components that make up the system:

  • refrigerantcar-ac-vent
  • expansion valve
  • condenser
  • compressor
  • evaporator
  • receiver-drier

Any of these components could be loose, broken, clogged, or leaking. Should you simply need more Freon, you can easily fill that yourself. However, Freon isn’t always to blame for the problem.

When the Heat Hits

Most drivers notice their A/C not working while in idle traffic. Driving across town to pick up milk can be miserable in the middle of summer with no air flowing. This can be caused by overheating of the engine, low Freon, or a lack of decent air flow over the condenser. Typically, driving on the highway is much less of a problem because winds are strong and the engine is performing more rapidly, causing the coolant to circulate quicker as well.

One way to help keep cooling problems at bay is by running your air conditioning system on a regular basis. Even in winter, 10 minutes a month is recommended. The owner’s manual will have more details about how your particular heating and cooling system works. Be sure to take a look there before assuming the worst.

If the cooling, or lack of cooling depending on how you look at it, issue persists…it’s time for real help. Some repairs will take the use of special equipment, so check with your local auto repair shop for more information.

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