Helpful Tips

When to change your tires:

 

Some tires work well later in their life, while others fail to perform as they wear.  If you notice traction problems, it might be time to replace tires even before they look wore out.

 

Look at the tread pattern, most tires are sold with "tread wear bars."  Check the tires using the "penny test" if you can see the top of Lincoln's head replace the tires immediately.  You may use a tread depth indicator or a gauge as well.

 

If you purchase tires from us, you receive free rotation for a lifetime of the tires.

 

Saving your car from the cold:

 

It is a wise decision to allow your car to warm up for at least ten minutes.  Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage, and make sure your tires are properly inflated.  Keep your gas tank at least half full.

 

Checking brake fluid:

 

  1. Open the car's hood, perferably when the car is on a level surface and the engine is cold

  2. Look for the master cylinder

  3. Check the fluid in the reservoir, it should fall between the "min" and "max" lines

  4. Before you add fluid, check your brake pads first.  Your fluid level is designed to help show if it is time to have your brakes replaced

 

Maintaining your transmission:

 

  • Install an external cooler to deal with high-stress conditions

  • Have your drive train components regularly checked

  • Check your cooling system for leaks

  • Do not rock your car if its stuck in the mud or snow

  • Do not use your shift lever as a substitue for your brakes

 

Maintaining your car battery:

 

Make sure to always keep your battery clean because it is possible for dirty cables to cause a current drain.  Clean the battery terminals, first loosen and remove the negative cable, then remove the positive cable.

 

Reinstall the cables and take precautions to prevent corrosion.  If your battery is low due to extended vehicle use, it is recommended to charge the battery with a battery charger, not by jumping the vehicle and letting the engine charge the battery.

 

Changing Oil:

 

We still recommend changing oil at 3000 miles.  Oil does much more than just lubricate in today's engines.  If you have any questions regarding our recomendations, stop in or give us a call and we would gladly explain.