We all hope our vehicles will last a long time, right? And we all hope to avoid having to pay costly repairs to keep our cars running longer, too. By following some simple, common-sense tips to maintain your car, you can lengthen its life without digging too deeply into your wallet.
Perform regular upkeep and maintenance.One of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to ensure your vehicle stays on the road for years to come is to vigilantly pursue its upkeep and maintenance schedule. All vehicles require periodic work, such as oil and air filter changes, radiator flushing, hose and belt replacement and tire rotation. It isn’t flashy, but just following the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual will keep your car running lo ...[more]
As with all mechanical devices, over time, many of your vehicle’s parts will wear down and need to be adjusted or replaced. Belts and hoses are such parts. However, the good news is, if you have them checked and maintained regularly and replaced as needed, you can avoid the much more costly and potentially dangerous prospect of replacing them after they fail.
Hoses convey liquids like oil, coolant and transmission fluids to various parts of a vehicle's engine and gas refrigerant to its air conditioner. They also maintain vacuums or keep pressures steady in various systems. Hose failures can range from irritating problems, such as air-conditioning loss, to dangerous issues, like your engine overheating, to disastrous, like your transmission grinding itself to p ...[more]
When spring is around the corner, pothole season is at its height. We all want to avoid striking potholes when driving if we can, and some ways to do it are presented below. However, if you if you think your car is already feeling the effects of poor road conditions, now might be a good time to consider having Free Service Tire check your wheel alignment.
Potholes can deflate tires, bend rims, and damage your vehicle’s entire suspension system. So the first order of business – not only to preserve your wheel alignment, but also to maintain the well-being of your suspension – is to circumvent potholes’ effects on your car. Here are a few simple rules for doing so.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. An under-inflated tir ...[more]
Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.
Today’s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not ...[more]
Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…
Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all ...[more]
Rapid, steep temperature swings between brutal cold and spring-like warmth. Torrential rains, ice and snow. Typical conditions for the dregs of winter and early spring in East Tennessee? Yes, but these are also conditions that produce potholes in our roads. And pothole season is upon us, so watch out while driving.
Potholes can flatten tires, damage wheels, struts, shock absorbers and suspension systems and throw vehicles out of alignment. On Interstates or busy municipal thoroughfares, potholes can even cause traffic pileups. So it's best to take a proactive approach to avoiding them.
To keep your vehicle safe from potholes, before you drive, make sure your tires are properly inflated. Tires inflated to the correct pressure ar ...[more]
October is Fall Car Care Month, according to the Car Care Council. So here are some quick tips to keep your vehicle in good running condition as the weather turns cooler.
Battery. Cold temperatures can affect your battery's charge, so make sure that your battery connections are secure, clean and free of corrosion. Free Service Tire will test your battery’s charge free too, through the end of this month when you present the coupon found here .
Gas tank. In colder months, remember to fill your gas tank when your gas gauge indicates it is half-full, and don't let it go ...[more]
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