You know that summers here in Alabama can get pretty sticky – it’s important to make sure your car’s up to the rigors of summer driving! Here’s a quick breakdown of things you’ll want to check over:
Cooling system maintenance: Coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. It helps act as a heat sink and dissipate the normal heat of operation, and it also contains anticorrosion agents that prevent scale from building up in the radiator and heater core’s tiny passages. It can still become contaminated, though, which is why it should be flushed at regular intervals. If you’re not sure how long your coolant has been in the radiator, it’s a simple matter to check its specific gravity using a hygrome ...[more]
- Inflation Levels: There’s hardly anything that’s more important to your tires than proper inflation. Underinflated tires will wear prematurely, drive and handle poorly and cost you more money in terms of fuel economy due to their increased rolling resistance. Worse, underinflated tires generate more heat, which breaks down the tire’s internal structure and raises the chances of tire failure. Check your recommended inflation levels, usually on the driver’s door jamb, and regular ...[more]
Who doesn’t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.
Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire’s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn’t be used as your vehicle’s primary tires.