Tuning your car

How Can I Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Tuning My Car?

Tuning Your Car

Tuning your carEvery car needs a tune-up now and then, but sometimes you need an extra bit of tweaks to keep performance up.  For that, you have car tuning. It’s one of the oldest freedoms that we’ve enjoyed in this country as far as cars go.  A bit of fine tuning on the engine can tweak performance in any number of ways. You can improve speed, steering, fuel efficiency, even just the aesthetics of the car’s look and sound can be tuned to your preferences.   Whatever you want, tuning can get it to you, but one thing you definitely don’t want is to be ripped off.

Ripped Off!

Yes, people will rip you off.  Shocking, right? Like any industry, there are shady businesses that profit by taking people’s money and not giving them what they ask for.  Either they lack the skills to do the job, or they simply do it in a sloppy way. Either way, the end result is that you don’t get what you pay for.  So, if you want to avoid getting ripped off for a tuning job, here are a few tips to consider.

1. Get It In Writing

The first step to avoid getting ripped off is to get the agreement in writing.  You should be wary of anyone who is unwilling to give you a written agreement, a cost estimate, or a detailed breakdown of the work.  For one thing, if it’s not written down, it can be very easy for mechanics to forget something.  Getting the agreement in writing creates something for the mechanic to look back to when they need to see what to do.  The bigger advantage is that if you have a written copy of the agreement, you have a record that you can use to prove what work you were owed. If that work doesn’t get done, they can’t pretend they didn’t know, or didn’t understand. You have proof of what you agreed to, so they’ll be less inclined to try and cheat you.

2. More Expensive Is Not The Same As Better Quality

Have you ever noticed that a t-shirt with a logo on it is three or four times more expensive than a plane shirt?  Have you ever noticed how those two shirts are both equally well-made? Well, that’s because when you buy a shirt with a logo on it, you aren’t just buying a shirt, you’re buying a brand.  This is as true in the mechanic industry as it is in the fashion industry. Big-Name Brand auto-parts companies charge way more for their parts than others, even though the other parts are just as good as theirs.  While not every off-brand part is good, a recognized brand name doesn’t guarantee quality. Before you sign an agreement with any company, find out what brands they use and do a little research. You might be able to save yourself some money.

3. Too Good To Be True Usually Isn’t True

Never trust wild claims, especially when they don’t raise the costs.  People don’t usually go the extra mile for no extra cash. If someone says they can supercharge your engine, or give you 100 miles to the gallon, but doesn’t charge extra for it, it’s a safe bet that they’re making it up.  In fact, someone claiming they can give you 100 miles to the gallon is probably lying even if they do charge more for it. While you can’t know everything about cars, it doesn’t take much to check online about claims. If you’ve got a nagging feeling that a company can’t do what they claim, take a bit of time and check it out before you sign anything.

4. The More You Know

don't get ripped offKnowledge is power.  Knowing is half the battle.  All the other slogans that 80s cartoons used to go on about when they wanted to pretend they were educational.  But just because it’s cliché, doesn’t mean it’s true. Most people get ripped off simply because they didn’t know what they were getting into.  Not knowing anything at all makes it easy for others to take advantage of you.

The solution?  Do some research.  Go online and find out what you can before you go in to get your car tuned, or repaired.  You can usually find enough information on the subject to get at least a baseline idea of what you need to have done. Even having just a base idea of the subject is enough to discourage shady companies from trying to cheat you.  If they think there’s a chance they’ll get caught, they won’t want to try.

5. More Power Isn’t Always Better Performance

It’s easy to tune an engine to get more power out of it.  Shockingly, easy, in fact. The problem is, performance is about more than power.  The more power you force out of the engine, the more stress it puts on it. Make it too powerful and you’ll wear out the engine real fast.  What good is a powerful engine if the engine melts after a few weeks? And yes, that happens.

6. Check The Company History

Just because someone says they know how to tune a car, even if they own a company specifically for it, that doesn’t mean it’s true.  There’s no licensing on the subject, so anyone can claim to know how to tune a car and then charge money to do it. While I’d like to think that most mechanics are legitimate, there are certainly people out there who have no qualifications that start car tuning companies.

Fortunately, there’s this marvelous invention called The Internet, and one thing that the internet provides is reviews.  Before you decide to go with a company, check and see what reviews they have.  If they’re a bad company, you’ll quickly find bad reviews online. While many people forget to leave good reviews when they like the service, someone who suffers due to a poor quality job is most likely going to want to vent their frustrations.  If the company is bad, the reviews will almost always reveal it.

 

Let Us Help

I could say “trust us,” but that would lack self-awareness after writing an article like this.  Fortunately, you don’t have to take our word for it.  Our work speaks for itself. You can read plenty of reviews from our customers to get an idea of the quality of our work.  And if that’s not enough, take our advice above and put us to the test. We’re not afraid to prove ourselves because we know we can. So, if you’re looking to get some work done on your car, then get in touch with us.  We’ll give you the best service anywhere.

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5 Inspections You Need To Do Before Going On Vacation

It’s Christmas Vacation Time!

Christmas is coming up. With the university getting out, people are going to want to be going home to visit family members. For residents here in Cache Valley, maybe you want to go on a Christmas vacation, visiting family members who live outside the valley. For whatever reason, you might just be planning a big trip. Before you go, you should get a quick inspection to make sure your car is safe to make the trip.

The Pre-Trip Safety Inspection

Before you go on any long drive, these are the things you should check up on to make sure you’re safe on the road.

1.Tire Inspection

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The last two digits represent the year the tire was made: 2014

There are number of elements of the tires you should inspect. First of all, you need good tire pressure to make sure your car can handle itself on the road. Low pressure will severely reduce your car’s ability to turn accurately, not to mention cause damage to other components of the tire. In winter, tire pressure has a tendency to fall because of the cold weather. Check your manual to find out what your tire’s pressure should be and make sure you’re at it.

Next, check the tire’s tread depth. The best way to do this is to use a quarter. Place it upside-down in a groove of your tire. If it hasn’t worn down too much, the tread should reach just as far as Washington’s hairline. Check the tire all over to make sure the tread is even. Uneven tread is more likely to get a puncture than even tread.

After this, check the sidewalls of the tire. Look for cuts, cracks, or bulges in the tire that can result from running over potholes, curbs, or objects. If you find any abnormalities, replace the tire before you set out.

The final inspection is to check the tire’s age. On every tire, there should be a date stamp. Look for the DOT stamped on the lower sidewall. The last two digits should indicate the year the tire was made. Tires should be replaced every ten years, though some manufacturers say that it should be every six, regardless of how worn they look. If your tire is too old replace it.

As a last note, make sure you don’t buy used tires. That’s just asking for trouble. You can’t guarantee their quality since you don’t know how poorly the previous owner treated them. They might look fine, but there could be problems you wouldn’t immediately notice just from looking. Best to buy new tires and be absolutely sure.

2. Check the Wheel Alignment

While you’re inspecting the tires, don’t forget to check the alignment. If the car’s wheels are misaligned, it can create steering problems, or make your tires more prone to blow-outs, or just generally shorten the tire’s lifespan. The biggest sign that your tires might be misaligned is uneven tread. Uneven tread means that your car’s wheels touching the road in one place more than another when you drive, which probably means the wheels aren’t aligned properly.

Even tread doesn’t mean your alignment is automatically good, though. To be sure, measure the distance between the tires in both the front and back. The measurement should be the same both times. If one measurement is noticeably shorter than the other, your tires are out of alignment. In that case, you’ll need to have it realigned before your trip.

3. Check the Fluids

Your car has a variety of fluids that all have their own uses. Before you go on a long trip, you should check each of the following to be sure that your levels are topped off.

  • Oil
  • Coolant
  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

If any of these fluids are low, refill them before you go out.

4. Check the Battery Cables, Clamps, and Terminals

All of these elements together are responsible for ensuring that your car has power to run. You want to make sure that all fo the clamps, terminals and cables are properly attached so you don’t suddenly lose power. Before you do anything with the electrical systems, however, you should make sure that your car is turned off and the battery is unplugged. This will make sure that you don’t accidentally shock yourself.

5. Check for Leaks

check the engineCheck your engine and the connecting hoses for any leaks, cracks, or wear. These are slow problems that won’t immediately stop your car from running, but they will cause you to lose fluids more quickly as you drive. You don’t want to be halfway to your destination only for your engine fluid to run out, or for a pump or hose to burst and leave you stranded on the highway. If you find any leaks or wear, have it fixed before you go on a long drive.

Not Just for Christmas

Although Christmas is the holiday coming up and we wanted to remind everyone just in case, be sure this inspection should be routine before any vacation. Never go on a long trip out of town without making sure your car is ready to handle it. These five checks will help you prevent any foreseeable accidents. After that, it’s a matter of road safety.

So, drive safely and enjoy your Christmas.

If you need any assistance with the basic safety inspection, don’t hesitate to ask us. Get in touch with us and schedule an appointment. We can take care of everything so you don’t have to worry.

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5 Ways To Spot Alternator Problems

What Is an Alternator?

alternator                  The alternator is a major component of your car’s electrical system.  It’s found in all cars that rely on gas power, with the exception of certain hybrid models.  While your car is running, the alternator keeps your battery charging helps supply power to the rest of the vehicle.

Generally speaking, the alternator doesn’t need much maintenance.  Unless there are defects in the part or it gets damaged in an accident, an alternator should last 10-15 years without needing repair.  If it breaks down, the car will continue to run for a while, but it’s running off the battery at that point, so it will die eventually.

What Are the Signs of Alternator Problems?

You usually won’t know right away if there are alternator problems, but signs will start to show up relatively soon after they go bad.  Here are a few to watch for.

1. Warning Lights Come On

Most cars made in the last decade have a warning light dedicated to warning you about a bad alternator.  Usually, the light is shaped like a battery, though some lights say “Alt” or “Gen” (for alternator, or generator).  A lot of people see this light and assume it means there’s a problem with a battery, but that’s not what it means.  This light is usually hooked up to your car’s onboard computer.  The sensor monitors the output of the alternator and if it goes above or below its preset safe limits, the light comes on.  If you see this light, you need to get to a mechanic as soon as you can, because it means your car is likely to die soon.

2. Problems with the Lights

dim headlights                  When your alternator goes bad, the car is forced to run purely on battery power.  As the battery runs out, different systems in your car will start to run down.  Usually, the first sign is the lights.  The headlights, taillights, and internal lights will all dim and flicker as the power drains.  Eventually, they will go out.

Some cars are programmed with power priorities.  If so, the car will begin shutting down non-critical electrical systems before the lights, so you may notice your seat warmer or radio go off before you have problems with the lights.

3. Strange Noises

A lot of car problems cause strange noises and this is no exception.  Generally, a failing alternator sounds like a growling or whining noise.  This is caused by a problem with the belt system that keeps the alternator running.  If left unchecked, this can cause further damage to the engine, eventually requiring replacement.  When this happens, the whining will become a rattling sound, indicating that the engine bearings have been damaged.

Since a lot of car problems cause noises, this one only helps if you recognize other signs with it.

4. Bad Smell

When electrical components overheat, they produce a distinct smell as the wires begin to burn their insulation.  If overheating is the problem, it might also smell like burning rubber, indicating that the belt system is being damaged.  Bad smells are always a sign of serious issues with your car, so if you detect an odor that shouldn’t be there, get your car checked up immediately.

5. Stalling, or Starting Troubles

As I said earlier, a failed alternator means that your car has to run off its battery.  This means that as the power drains the car will start stalling more often and have difficulty starting.  You’ll find that you need to charge the battery more often just to keep using it.  It can be difficult to tell the difference between battery and alternator troubles when this happens, but a good mechanic will check both possibilities.  If you’re having this problem regularly, have your car looked at right away.

Come to Us

SE Performance                  Unless you’re a trained mechanic, it can be very difficult to diagnose these problems on your own.  There’s a lot of overlap in some symptoms when it comes to causes, so if you have any concerns, come in and see us.  We’ll help get your car up an running again in no time.  Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment any time.

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Time For A Tune-Up

Spring-Cleaning

Last winter was a long and wet one. Even as late as earlier this month, snow was still coming down and the amount of rain we’ve gotten this spring was pretty unusual. The rain looks like it’s going to keep coming, but the snow is finally over. Now that it’s warming up, it’s a good time to get a quick tune-up for your vehicle. Last time, I went over a few routine spring maintenance and repair tasks you should do. Today, I’ve got a few extra items you should also look over.

1. Wipers and Windshield

Windshield WipersSince the rain doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon, you’ll want to make sure you can see. Check your wipers to make sure they work. The sleet and ice of the winter sometimes causes damage to them. They’re easy to replace and they make a huge difference, so don’t forget to check on them.

 

2. Lights

headlights and taillightsEven though the days are getting longer, you still need to make sure all your car lights are good. Driving around with a burnt out headlight, or taillight is asking for trouble. You need to be able to see where you’re going at night, and people behind need to see you. Not having a headlight can also get you pulled over for a safety violation, and a ticket is an extra expense that nobody needs. Since it’s also easy to replace lights, there’s no reason to neglect this either.

3. Sensors

Cars come with a lot of equipment nowadays. There are cameras, assistors, and automations like you wouldn’t believe. They can smooth your ride, help you see where you’re going, and monitor your car’s performance. What all of these gadgets have in common, however, is sensors. All of your car’s extra features rely on special sensors to keep everything in check. If those sensors get dirty, then those features can fail. Since some of those sensors are responsible for safety features, some of them might even stop your car from running if they’re blocked. Before you get too far into the year, you should take a little time to check the sensors and make sure they’re cleaned off.

4. Clean Everything

Since you’re already cleaning, you might as well do a good job, right? Inside and outside, cleaning the grime off your car will help stave off rust and corrosion. This will help keep your car running for years to come.

Let Us Help Out

tune-upThere’s a lot to go over. While it’s easy to fix or replace some of these issues on your own, you don’t always have the time. Since there’s a host of other maintenance issues you should be looking at this spring, why not let us help you with these minor ones while you’re at it? It doesn’t take us much time to check the wipers, lights, or sensors while we’re checking your fluids, breaks, and tires. We can take care of it all at once for you. Just get in touch and let us know how we can help with your spring tune-up.

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5 Important Spring Car Repair and Maintenance Tasks

Spring is In The Air

The weather is finally starting to warm up. With spring on its way, it’s time to give your car a good checkup from your local mechanic. Car repair and maintenance is a constant process and one you can’t ignore. So, here are a few things you should do to keep your car in top working order this spring.

 

1. Check the Coolant

No matter how hot the weather is outside, your car’s engine always runs a little bit hotter. During the winter, everything is colder, so your car might not need coolant as much as it does during other times of the year. This is especially true if you live at very high altitudes or are up north. In the summer, though, the temperatures can get very warm and if your engine doesn’t have adequate cooling, just a few degrees is all it takes to fry your engine.

Before the heat waves start rolling in, check with a mechanic and get your coolant systems inspected.

 

2. Check Your Fluids

Weathering is a natural phenomenon where going from hot to cold and back stresses solids and can cause them to develop cracks. During the winter, when the weather is cold, your engine is constantly heating up and cooling down as you turn it on and off and drive it around. So, come spring, as the weather starts to warm, you want to have a mechanic check up on your fluids to make sure none of them are leaking.

While he’s in there, have him see if any of them need replacing. Moisture, salt, and other substances can get into your fluid pipes during winter and as the weather warms up, they can expand and cause very significant problems to your system.

 

3. Refill Your Tires

Tire pressure fluctuates with temperature. The cold weather can often mean tires need less air in them to keep their pressure up. It’s a good idea to check your tires in the spring to make sure they have adequate pressure. This is an easy one to do yourself, as any gas station should have the equipment to check and refill your tires.

 

4. Inspect Your Air Conditioning System

You probably didn’t use your air conditioning during the winter. To make sure the long break hasn’t caused anything to go wrong, you should run your AC for 10-15 minutes to let it clear the air. After you’ve done this, you shouldn’t have any strange odors coming from your air vents and everything should work properly. If you do smell something off, or if anything else seems to not be working, check with a mechanic and get it fixed up.

 

5. Wax

Wax is used to protect the paint coating on your car. The outer layers of your car are hard to damage (barring an accident), but are harder to replace. A layer of wax gives you some additional protection and will extend the life of your car’s paint job.

However, wax doesn’t last forever. Exactly how long a coat of wax lasts varies depending on the brand, how much you drive, where you park your car, and what kind of usage it sees, but a good rule of thumb is to wax your car at least once per season.

 

Check With Your Mechanic

While you’re doing these regular updates with your mechanic, consider getting a safety inspection. While safety inspections are no longer mandatory, it’s a good idea to have one anyway. They can identify problems well before they turn into disasters and that saves lives.

If you live in Logan and need a good mechanic, don’t hesitate to drop by our office for a checkup. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We’ll help you with whatever you need.

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Why You Need Safety Inspections

HB 265: Safety Inspections Bill

safety inspectionsIn March of 2017, Utah passed HB 265, which changed the safety inspection laws. Among other things, this law means that you are no longer required to get safety inspections.  These changes went into effect January 1stof this year.  While the government has argued that this will put more money into Utah residents’ pockets, mechanics around the state see things a little differently.  They see this as a potential safety hazard that will, in the long run, cost more money than it will save.

 

“It Can’t Happen To Me”

We all think that way.  Accidents are things that happen to other people.  We see ourselves as good drivers who take care of their cars.  That’s why so many people don’t get safety inspections unless they’re required. This way of thinking is dangerous. You never know what will go wrong until it does.

Since the senate dropped mandatory safety inspections, state troopers have noticed an increase in unsafe practices.  Many drivers are on the road with cracked windshields, missing headlights, and heavily tinted windows simply because they think the requirement being off means it’s okay.  It’s not safe, though.

 

Safety Inspections Prevent Problems

Even though the law is changed, mechanics still suggest having safety inspections done regularly, at least once a year.  Basic car maintenance is essential to avoiding trouble.  The inspections will catch things like brake problems, engine trouble, worn-out tires, and so many other things that are surprisingly easy to miss.  The problems often seem minor, as the car still runs, but they quickly get out of hand.

 

Safety Inspections Save Money and Lives

accidentYou may think that safety inspections are expensive. It’s true they do cost money, but think on this: how much money will a trip to the hospital cost?  Ignoring regular inspections is setting yourself up to have an accident.  What may seem like a minor problem will get worse over time if not caught and corrected. If you’re on the road and your brakes give out, or your tires blow-out, then a crash is likely unavoidable.  Can you afford the medical bills?

Even if you don’t crash, these problems are often cheaper and easier to repair if caught early during a routine inspection.  You can usually repair a minor break problem easily, but if you let it sit, the extra pressure required to use your breaks puts strain on them and can cause them to break down completely.  A quick replacement of a couple parts is far cheaper than replacing your entire brake system.

 

Safety First

Don’t neglect your safety inspections.  The cost of a routine inspection is nothing compared to the cost of car repairs, or of medical bills due to related crashes. The law may not require you to get them now, but we would still recommend getting one on a regular basis. Better safe than sorry.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had an inspection, then get in touch with us.  We’ll give you a quick and thorough inspection and make sure your vehicle is road ready.

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Winter Brakes in Cache Valley

Winter BrakesWill Cache Valley Winter Break Your Brakes?

Well, not really, no.  Not directly.  The winter in Cache Valley is relatively short and it’s not usually bad enough to cause serious issues.  Don’t let that trick you into thinking that there’s no danger, though.  There are still a few problems your brakes might face.

Corrosion

Cache Valley may technically be a desert, but we still get snow and icy roads.  The cities respond by laying down salt and chemicals to melt the ice and reduce chances of accidents from slipping and sliding cars. The problem with this is that salt, when mixed with water, becomes very corrosive.  While you’re out driving on the roads, this salty slush splashes against the bottom of your car.  This can lead to problems with the rotors by making their wear uneven.  If it eats away the seals, it causes leaking fluids, or seizing pistons and calipers.  The gunk can clog up various mechanical parts under your car as well.

While the brief winters in Cache Valley may not be enough to cause serious damage in just one year, if you haven’t had your brakes checked recently, they may be weak enough to fail under the added strain of the extra corrosion.  If they fail, the results could be catastrophic.

Freezing Fluids

We may not be Alaska, but it does still get cold during the winters.  While most car fluidshave a freezing point well bellow the average temperature drops of Cache Valley, that doesn’t mean you have nothing to worry about.  If you don’t regularly change your fluids, water and other impurities will get into it over time.  These impurities can definitley freeze inside your lines.  If they do, the expansion can potentially cause them to burst at weak points.  This can be exacerbated by the corrosion caused by all the salt on the roads, too. The combination of the two problems can lead to serious mechanical failures.

What Can I Do?

The solution to these problems is simple. Don’t neglect the maintenance on your breaks.  Before snowfall, give your car a good check-up.  Replace the fluids and check the brakes for any wear and tear.  This should make sure your cars parts are good to last you through the winter.  After spring, do a follow-up inspection and make sure everything is still good. While you’re at it, why have the underside of your car detailed?  Shari from Aatopia Auto Care recommends a good detailing once a year to keep your car in tip-top shape.

Check It Today

If it’s been a while since you last checked your breaks, then get in touch with us today.  Since we offer free brake inspections, it won’t cost you anything just to be safe.  Don’t wait for your brakes to fail you when checking them over beforehand can prevent costly repairs and insurance hikes.  This winter, we’ll be offering a special on brake repair and checkups, so be sure to ask us about it when you call.

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5 Car Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

car maintenanceYour car is an expensive investment and should be cared for as such.  Car maintenance is very important in keeping that investment in good condition.  You’ve got to go to a mechanic if something goes wrong, isn’t it better that things not go wrong in the first place?  If you want to save money on repairs, here are five car maintenance mistakes you should learn to avoid.

Ignoring Your Check Engine Light

This is by far the most important.  When the light is on, but there are no obvious issues, it’s easy to ignore the light.   You do so at your own risk.  There are so many parts of the car that the Check Engine light monitors.  It can pick up problems before all but the most highly skilled mechanics could even guess something is wrong.   If the light is on, have your car checked out by an ASE-certified technician.  Ignoring it will lead to costly repairs later on. It may even get you into an accident.

Driving With an Overheating Engine

Engines overheat if they’re being worked too hard or if the cooling system has a problem.  In either case, you need to stop immediately.  Driving on an overheating engine causes serious damage.   The whole engine might need to be replaced if you stress it too far.  It can even cause your engine to burst into flames.  Keep an eye on your temperature gage while driving and if you see it spike, pull over, turn off the engine, and open the hood to ventilate it.  Give yourself at least 20 minutes before you attempt to drive again, and call a tow truck if the problem persists.  For long driving trips, keep a spare gallon of coolant and distilled water on hand.

If you find yourself in a position where stopping is impossible, there are a few steps you can take to keep your car going until it’s safe to stop.  First, turn off your AC.   Then, turn your heat to max hot and the blower fan to high.  This will cool the engine by pulling heat into the passenger compartment.  This will be horribly uncomfortable for those inside, but it will keep the engine going long enough for you to find a safe place to pull off.

Not Checking Tire Pressure

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 1/3 of all the cars on the road are driving with at least one underinflated tire. Underinflated tires allow too much of the tire’s surface area to touch the ground, which creates heat from friction. That heat can cause several problems, including premature wear, tread separation, and blowouts.  Blowouts especially can cause accidents, either from the driver losing control of the vehicle, or other drivers swerving to miss debris launched at them by the blowout.

Many people don’t check the tire pressure unless the tire looks low, but this is a mistake.  Tires can lose much of their pressure and still appear to be mostly inflated.  Manufacturers recommend that you check your tire pressure at least once a month.

Not Checking Wheel Alignment

The wheel alignment isn’t something that you need to do very often if you’re driving on good roads and following safe driving laws.  That makes it easy to overlook.  It’s easy for the wheel alignment to be thrown off. If you regularly drive on poorly maintained roads, hit potholes, or run over a curb, you should check your alignment and have your tires rotated.  This helps you prevent uneven tread wear, which improves the lifespan of your tires and saves you a lot of money in the long run.  Even if you don’t do anything obvious to put your wheels out of alignment, you should still check them at least once every 6,000 miles.

Not Checking Fluid Levels

Everybody knows that it’s important to check the oil – though many people still forget to do it regularly – but that’s not the only fluid that needs checking.  There are five major fluids that you should check on as a part of regular car maintenance. Engine oil keeps all the parts moving smoothly and prevents damage from friction.  Coolant helps the engine stay cool (see section 2 for why that’s important). Power steering fluid helps your car turn more smoothly, giving you better control of the vehicle.  Break fluid gives the breaks power to stop your car.  You should also check your windshield washer fluid regularly.  A dirty windshield is hard to see through and can lead to accidents.

Do not neglect any of these fluids.  A shortage of any one of them is an accident waiting to happen.

Car Maintenance Matters

Cars are an expensive investment and you want them to last.  You can extend the lives of our cars by not overlooking the small details.  Check up on these five things regularly if you want to enjoy your car for years to come. And if you do have a problem, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We at S&E Performance are ready to help you with all your car maintenance needs.