A Few New Years' Resolutions -- For Your Car
New Year’s resolutions seem like such a great idea. We all have the best of intentions to lose weight, stop smoking, drink less, save money, get fit, etc. and we end up walking away from most of them by the end of January. Notice how gyms are so full after the first of the year…for only about three weeks.
Here are some resolutions that make good sense, though, and your car will thank you for keeping them:
Wipers: Even top-quality windshield wipers only last about a year. If you’ve been noticing streaks or smears in your field of vision when using the wipers, or if your wipers are losing strips, chunks or chips of rubber (or are cracked or dried out), go ahead and change them. It’s not very expensive, and it’s your safety that’s on the line here.
Tires: Every vehicle puts more stress on the front tires, due to the weight of the engine and the forces of cornering and braking. That’s why it’s so important to even out tire wear by having the tires rotated at a 5,000 mile interval. Also remember to check your tire pressure monthly (when tires are cold). Underinflated tires mean poor handling and braking performance, premature tire wear and poor fuel economy due to added rolling resistance.
Oil changes: True 50 years ago, and still true today – the best way to get the most miles out of your engine is by changing the oil at regular intervals. It cuts wear, keeps the engine clean internally and increases engine efficiency by reducing friction.
Wheel alignment: If your steering wheel consistently pulls to one side on straight pavement, it’s more than just an annoyance for the driver. It also means tires that are wearing prematurely and unevenly, and compromised fuel economy. Schedule a wheel alignment and get that fixed!
At Free Service Tire Company, we hope you have a great 2017, and that includes having a solid and dependable car to get you through the new year. Make an appointment with us for your next scheduled maintenance!