So you got a new set of wheels – congratulations! You’re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you’ll want to keep it maintained as well as you can. Here are some suggestions:
First, read the owner’s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer’s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don’t let that happen!
For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it’s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner’s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the br ...[more]
You rely on your car every day, and you have a lot of money tied up in it. It’s probably one of the more valuable things you own…so make sure you get the most out of that investment:
Oil changes: Changing your motor oil at regular intervals will ensure long engine life by cutting wear and friction and helping to prevent the buildup of sludge and carbon on internal engine assemblies.
Cooling system: Older cast-iron engines could overheat with no serious consequences, but not so with today’s aluminum blocks and heads. Your engine’s coolant has a finite life and should be changed and flushed at regular intervals to prevent accumulation of scale and corrosion in the radiator, heater core and water pump.
At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:
- Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work a ...[more]
The Dealership Alternative
Dealerships are a great place to be introduced to the car you love, but when it comes to caring for your new car – bring it to us! There is a common misconception that you have to have your vehicle maintained or repaired by the dealership, but you have the right to choose where you take your vehicle! So, what makes Dekalb Tire a better choice than the dealership?
1. Under Warranty Maintenance Can Be Done Here
Did you know the only time you need to go back to the dealership is for under-warranty REPAIRS and for recalls? The law states that required maintenance for your vehicle does NOT have to be performed at the dealership. This means that you have freedom of choice when it comes to your required maintenance. Because we are a qualified auto repair shop using quality parts that equal or exceed the manufacturer’s requirements, we can perform your ...[more]
Maintaining a car is similar to maintaining yourself as a human: you make appointments for regular checkups to make sure everything is in working order, and this helps you catch any potential problems early. These principles are the same for your car, so regularly scheduled maintenance can provide many benefits.
Regularly scheduled automotive maintenance will make sure that you get the most out of your vehicle. You want your vehicle to last as long as possible, and regularly maintaining it will make sure that you avoid breakdowns and keep your car moving. When you bring your car in for maintenance, you can have your oi ...[more]
Getting your tires aligned is an important maintenance procedure that you should have done on a regular basis. Your cars alignment is most frequently disrupted by running over a pothole, hitting a bump, or even by running over a curb. When your tires are not properly aligned they will wear down much faster. More importantly, they will wear down unevenly which can cause your tire to lose air pressure and possibly blowout. A car with properly aligned tir ...[more]
Properly maintaining your vehicle goes a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle. "Neglected vehicle care almost always means high costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value," says Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. That's why they have designated April National Car Care Month. April is a great time to focus on your vehicle's maintenance needs to make sure your car is ready for summer travel! This month, take some time to check these basic maintenance procedures.
Many people don't know that neglecting car maintenance in order to save time and money will inevitably backfire. To prevent expensive repair bills down the line, remember to have the following basic car and tire maintenance services routinely performed at your local automotive repair facility.
Vehicle Battery Care
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