When owning a vehicle, you will want to keep it operating efficiently and effectively. This will help with the overall performance of the vehicle when you drive. If you notice that the vehicle is operating poorly, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. we can inspect the vehicle and parts for you. Bringing your vehicle in for regular maintenances will help keep it operating properly, as well as extending the life of the vehicle. By keeping the vehicle maintained, you can also help to improve the fuel mileage when you drive. If you notice poor mileage, it could mean a part is staring to wear or fail. Bring the vehicle in and we can advise you to the options you have to fix the part.
Checking the Tread on the Tires should be done regularly
Check the tread on your tires. Using a penny, put the penny into the tread of the tire, if at least half the penny shows, your tire is good. If less than half of the penny shows, it is most likely time to start looking for new tires. Also, check the condition of the tire by looking at the tread and the tire wall. If there are puncture marks or cracks, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for the safety when you drive.
Notice if the Tires Pull
On a straight road, drive at a decently slow speed and let go of the steering wheel. If the vehicle goes straight, then the alignment is good. If the vehicle pulls to one side and you are not braking, the alignment is off. Making sure the alignment is good will keep driving straight easiest as possible. Doing the same thing as above but not letting go of the steering wheel, and braking will tell you a bit about the brakes. If the vehicle pulls to one side as you are braking or the brakes feel squishy, it is time to get your brakes both checked and replaced.
Check the Air Pressure in the Tires
Tires lose pressure every month. If you are unsure how much air should be in the tires, make sure to look it up in the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also look at the insider of the driver’s doorjamb for the correct amount. If you cannot locate it, you can also contact us and we can recommend the correct air pressure. You can also bring the vehicle in anytime the air needs to be added to the tires. This will help keep them operating and rotating correctly when you drive. Also make sure to drive cautiously and safety. If you drive faster and turn fast, it will put extra stress on the vehicle. Hitting the gas is unneeded and will give you worse gas mileage while making the engine work hard for little reason. Braking really hard will put more strain on the brake pads. Turning hard is unsafe and puts extra stress on the shocks and tires.