Does Your Car’s Radiator Need Flushing?

Flushing your radiator helps you maintain the longevity of your vehicle. The radiator is an important piece of a vehicle. It’s what keeps the vehicle from overheating while running and also what prevents the engine from freezing up during colder weather. Keep reading for more information about radiator flushing. Continue reading “Does Your Car’s Radiator Need Flushing?” »

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.

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.

Back-to-School Auto Care

Before you head back to school this year, make sure you are up-to-date on some basic auto care. We know things can get busy, but make sure auto care maintenance is a top priority on your to-do list. Practicing good car care is crucial, because without it, you won’t even be able to get to and from school on your own. In just a few steps, you can complete your back-to-school auto care musts!

Checklist: Auto Care

Auto Care Must #1 – Check the Vitals

Prevent potentially costly repairs by opening the hood of your car and making sure your fluid levels and the engine oil are where they should be. Not sure which fluids to be checked? No worries. Check the important ones, including: coolant, transmission, power steering , and brake fluid. If you are unsure where these fluids need to be, reference your owner’s manual.

Of these fluids, you will want to pay special attention to your coolant levels during warm weather.  A lack of coolant can eventually lead to the overheating of your car’s engine, which will make your car non-functioning. In addition to being certain your car’s coolant stays at the proper level, you will also want to change it periodically. The rule of thumb? Drain old coolant after every 30,000 miles or every couple of years. After draining the old coolant, flush the cooling system and refill it with new, clean coolant.

Auto Care Must #2 – Maintain your Car’s Tires

When it comes to good auto car, you will want to make a habit of checking your tire pressure with a gauge regularly. Follow the suggested pressure given by the manufacturer. Usually this information is located on a sticker in the driver’s door, glove compartment lid, center console, and/or owner’s manual.

Even if your tires are at the proper pressure, they can still pop or deflate. To ensure that you are prepared for these situations, make sure your spare tire is properly inflated and that you have a lug wrench, jumper cables, and jack in the trunk. Doing so will help you during flat-tire situations, saving you the time and money of calling roadside assistance.

Auto Care Must #3 – Check and Replace Brake Pads

Because of the high friction that is experienced between the rotor and brake pads, your brake pads will eventually wear thin. When this happens, it is advisable that you change the pads to avoid damage to your car’s braking system, which could eventually lead to the failure of brakes. To avoid this, check your brake pads from time to time, making sure they are thick enough to drive safety. If they are not, replace them — don’t risk your safety!

Auto Care Must #4 – Check the Lights

Another key safety component of your vehicle is its lights. If your brakes are working but you are not visible to other drivers on the road or can’t see the roadway, you are driving in dangerous conditions. Checking your lights is easy. Have someone inside of your car turn on the headlights, signals, and emergency flashing lights. As they go through the motions, walk around your car and make sure each set of lights is working properly. Check the brake lights to ensure that they are okay, too.

Maintain your Auto Care…Year Round

Once you finish this four-step process, you have completed your back-to-school auto care and you are sure to start the school year off on a good note. Keeping your vehicle in good condition is not just important before you start the school year, though. It is crucial to keep up on your auto care year round.

To learn about our superior auto care, contact Performance Truck & Automotive Repair at (334) 245-6600 today.

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