The 10 Day Forecast Looks Blah, Is Your Car Ready for Spring ?
Blah is an understatement. This weather stinks and now would be a good time to get caught up with any service or maintenance issues your vehicle might be needing.
Seriously in the 10 day forecast the sun is not expected to shine. YUK (I’m not even going to telling you about the 15 day forecast or it might be too much to handle) So why wait till the weather warms up and spring is here when you want to spending that time outside.
Is your A/C working ? Do you need a tune up ? Brakes working ok ? Fluids need to be flushed ?
I have to be honest at this point and say I HATE WINTER AND I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE COLD AND RAIN. Time changes back on March 11th and at that time with the warmer weather and longer days I will finally feel like I have a life again.
Anyway enough of my whining. It’s almost over so lets be ready so when the good weather gets here. Call now for an appointment 770-492-7437
Extending the Life of Your Vehicle
Our Technicians have compiled tips to keeping your car running better and extending the life of your vehicle. Keeping up with your car’s maintenance and getting problems fixed before they become bigger problems are the keys to getting those extra years of life out of your car.
Tips for getting extra years out of your car and saving money in the long run.
1 - Change oil regularly, every 3000 - 5000 miles (longer if using synthetic, 7500)
2 - Check all fluid levels every few months (Transmission, brake, coolant and power steering)
3 - Change air filter (Usually every 6 months, car will get higher gas mileage and run better )
4 - Check tire pressure and wheels (Properly inflated tires give you better gas mileage, uneven wear from being out of balance or alignment causes vibration that can cause stress on the car's suspension).
5 - Fluid flushes (Transmission, brake and power steering flushes. These fluids breakdown contaminated by impurities, dirt, moisture and corrosive properties that cause these systems to have expensive problems.
6 - Schedule a safety inspection twice a year, more often if you do a lot of driving. (We perform a safety inspection with every oil change)
7 - Protect your car's exterior and interior. (Have your car waxed twice a year and keep the dirt and grime from the inside. This will increase your car’s value when it’s time to sell and it just feels better)
8 - Fix the small issues now (Small issues with your car often turn into big issues if they are not repaired in a timely manner, coolant leaks, oil leaks)
9 - Know your car (be sure to glance through your owner's manual to get an idea about your scheduled maintenance, as always we will be glad to help you with your scheduled maintenance)
All of these tips are inexpensive and have a huge effect on how well your vehicle runs. These simple tips will absolutely help lengthen the life of your car.
No Need to Idle Your Car in Cold Weather
This was originally sent out last winter however with the freezing weather I thought it was pertinent to send out again. It seems as though we’ve had more winter in the last month than the last 3 years combined.
Back in the day everybody would idle their vehicle to get the engine warm. That’s when all cars had carburetors. However it’s been 30 years since that was commonplace. With today's fuel injectors, computer systems and thinner oils you don’t need to warm up your car’s engine like in the good old days.
The best way to warm up your car is to start it up, wait a few seconds and go. It takes 3-10 minutes to warm your engine so just don’t gun the engine at the start. Just take it easy. As your engine becomes warmer the computer sensors in your car will adjust the fuel mixture to be less rich until your car’s engine heats up to 40 degrees.
Idling your car for more than 30 seconds wastes gas, causes excessive wear to cylinders, piston rings, spark plugs and can even harm your exhaust system. So to be clear with the point, idling is not an effective or wise way to warm up your car.
So unless you're driving a 1980’s vehicle which we assume your not, dress warm get in your car and go.