Summer Travel Tips

Summer is here! It's time for road trips and vacations. Before you hit the road here are some things you should check. 

Check the tires including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle's fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. 

Check the hoses and belts as they can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of…
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Pump up your gas mileage with routine maintenance.

Properly maintaining your vehicle can do more than improve its performance. It can also improve your fuel economy. Ask about our FREE multi-point service inspection. We look at items like these that can have a big impact on your gas mileage: 

Tires: Properly inflated tires are safer, last longer and can improve milage by 3%. 

Alignment: Have your tires periodically balanced and aligned for proper performance, longer tire life and improved fuel efficiency. 

Air Filter…
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Useful Apps for Road Trips

Are you planning a road trip? Check out these useful apps during your travels.

A must-download for interstate driving, this app will tell you what you'll find at each upcoming exit - restaurants, gas stations, hotels - so you can plan your pit stops, rather than just winging it. Free.

Use this not only to locate the closest gas stations, with customer reviews, but to find out the gas prices at…
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When Should I Change My Wiper Blades?

Most of the time the answer is NOW because you are driving in a heavy rain storm and realize that they aren't doing their job. The next day is sunny and the wipers are forgotten about again until the next storm. Wiper blades and inserts are a maintenance item that should be checked and or changed periodically. Most manufacturers recommend at least once a year.

Wipers should be checked monthly and cleaning with a…
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Basic Benefits of Nitrogen in Tires

Nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber than is oxygen, which means that your tire pressures will remain more stable over time and temperature changes. Nitrogen installation can cut down on the frequency of your low tire light illuminating; however it does not completely eliminate the need for occasional pressure adjustments.

With nitrogen, your tire pressures will remain more constant, saving you a small amount in fuel and tire-maintenance costs. There will be…
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Is Your Vehicle Ready For Spring?

Spring is right around the corner, but for those of you who suffer from allergies like hay fever or asthma, spring may not be the most comfortable time of year. One of the quickest and easiest ways you can reduce pollens entering your vehicle's interior cabin is to check to see if your vehicle's cabin air filter needs to be changed.

The benefits of replacing a car's cabin filter include:
  • Protects occupants…
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Fuel Mileage Tips

Engine Performance: Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.

Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.

Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer.

Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and…
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When was the last time you checked your lights?

With the time change, more people are driving in the dark. Some, really in the dark with their lights out. My commutes from work are now in the dark and I have noticed numerous cars with tail lights, brake lights and even headlights that are not working. 

Don't be that person in front of me without any tail lights. Have your lights checked today and stay safe during your Holiday travels. You can turn…
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Cold Weather Driving Tips

Check your battery.
When the temperature drops, so does battery power. For gasoline-powered engines, be aware that it takes more battery power to start your vehicle in cold weather than in warm. For electric and hybrid vehicles, the driving range is reduced and the battery systems work better after they warm up. Make sure your battery is up to the challenges of winter by:
Having your mechanic check your battery for sufficient voltage.
Having the…
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How Serious are Dashboard Warning Lights?

If a dashboard warning light comes on, should I pull over and call a tow truck?

It depends on the color of the light. A red light means you need to seek service immediately.  There are two courses of action to take here. If it's a warning light related to your engine, such as an oil pressure or engine temperature warning, pull over as soon as it's safe, turn off your engine and…
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