Tires are the only contact that your vehicle has with the road. They can affect your gas mileage. With today's gas prices everyone wants to get the best gas mileage out of their vehicle. Making sure the tires are filled to the correct PSI is one of the easiest ways. Under inflated tires have an increase of friction and cause uneven wear on your tires. To keep the tires in the best shape possible it is best to rotate them every 5,000 miles. In addition, having oversized tires for your vehicle can also affect the gas mileage of the vehicle. Oversized tires also create more friction and weight on your wheels, now times that by four. That adds up quickly and will cause reduced fuel economy. With gas prices where they are now, we want to get everyone the best fuel economy.
As we had a week of warm weather here in Wisconsin, most of us tried our air conditioning in our vehicles. If you noticed your car is blowing warm air instead of nice cool air; there could be a couple issues. One of the most common causes for the air conditioning system to blow warm air is a lack of refrigerant in the system. Other issues may be within the vehicles condenser, compressor, broken cooling fans, or even an issue with the electrical system. We need that air cool for the warm summer days to come. Call us today to schedule a time to inspect your air conditioning system.
As you start your vehicle you may hear your belt squeal, don't panic! The squealing noise is most commonly due to the rubber belt slipping on the metal pully. The belt may be slipping due to improper tension, or the belt may have simply just got old. The surface of the belt may have become glazed, cracked, or brittle and can cause noise from the belt. Replacing your belts should be included in your vehicle maintenance. If the belt is replaced when small amounts of wear is found, this can help prevent costly repairs. Call us today to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle inspected to keep it on the road as long as possible.
Oil changes are an important routine maintenance. For these newer cars with such infrequent oil change recommendations, we still suggest getting your oil changed every 5,000-7,500 miles. Why? Think of oil in your vehicle like your body and water. Our bodies are 60% water. There's always H2O streaming through us. Yes, we can go a few days without it, but it is still important to replenish ourselves and stay hydrated since we lose that water in different ways. However, the longer we go without water, the more our body starts to shut down and not cooperate. The same goes with our vehicles. Oil is constantly pumping throughout the vehicle and its engine. Our job, as the user, is to maintain the oil so that it's always clean and at the level it needs to be. Yes, the vehicle could last months on end without changing the oil, but in the meantime the oil is getting more and more dirty, sludge-like, and building up particles. The more dirtier the oil gets, the worse it is ... read more