Most people in the Triad area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards.
The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.
Protection. Let’s start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your sedan. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance. Over time, the additives are depleted. The oil also becomes contaminated by water, dirt and combustion gases.
Extending your interval beyond the recommendation means that your sedan engine will be operating without the full protection of fresh motor oil. It also means that sludge [...]
Having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. We’ve all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our windshield is just dirty.
It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. But windshield wipers are like most other vehicle parts– they require regular attention in order to work their best.
You really ought to replace your wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If it’s going to be a particularly harsh winter in Greensboro, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall. Winter blades are designed to resist freezing.
Speaking of winter and freezing conditions, if your car has been sitting for a long time [...]
When you hear the word ‘suspension‘, you may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your car’s suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your car up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride. It needs to keep your wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. If you look under your car, it’s basically everything that connects your wheels to the car’s frame. These are heavy duty parts that do a lot of work. They need to be inspected for damage and excessive wear at least once a year. A good time for this is when you get your annual alignment service.
Here are some warning signs that your suspension may [...]
Have you noticed that its hard to see while driving at night? Nighttime driving can be dangerous – especially if your headlights have lost their clarity. The headlight restoration process ensures that your headlights are shining at their brightest and your vehicle is providing you with the best possible on-road lighting. Besides the benefits of increased safety, restoring your vehicle’s headlights can transform their appearance from cloudy to clear in no time!
Headlight staining, yellowing and contamination can be caused by oxidation from salt, UV rays and humidity and results in dull and hazy headlights. While you can perform your own headlight restoration, you might prefer to leave this service to the professionals. Restoring your headlights takes time and patience and, if not properly executed, can scratch your vehicle. All of our Factory Trained Technicians with up-to-date, advanced skills and training, they also use there knowledge of manufacturer-approved repair methods to help restore your vehicle [...]
What if the vehicle you’re driving develops low tire pressure? Wouldn’t you want to be warned? Low tire pressure can create unsafe conditions in a hurry, particularly in bad weather.
Too little tire pressure will eventually cause catastrophic tire failure. Studies have shown that people operating their cars with too little air pressure in the tires is common.
Agencies of the Federal government require manufacturers to installation tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that warn the driver when a tire is significantly underinflated. The standard applies to passenger cars, trucks, and other light commercial-type vehicles.
Keeping your tires at the correct pressure for your vehicle is an important factor in how much load its tires can safely carry. The correct [...]