Road conditions and automotive design causes front and back tires to wear differently from one another. In order to get the most from your tires, it is important to have them rotated a couple of times a year.
There are a handful of ways to tell if your tires need to be rotated. One of the easiest ways is to check the tread on each of your tires using a penny. If there is much discrepancy between tires and you have not recently had your tires rotated, it is probably time to visit your local auto repair shop. Another way to tell if the time has come to rotate your tires is by keeping an eye on your mileage and making a note to change it in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
While tire rotation schedules vary from vehicle to vehicle, most manufacturers recommend rotating your tires after every 3,000 to 7,000 miles. If you are due for a tire rotation and you live near Pleasanton, Alamo, or San Ramon, call Walt’s Danville Service at (925) 394-7839. We can handle all of your auto repair and maintenance needs.
Car ownership is a privilege. Like all privileges, it is accompanied by responsibility. Practicing defensive driving is the most important responsibility that a driver has, but automotive maintenance is a close second. If you take into account the fact that automotive maintenance and car safety go hand-in-hand, maintenance becomes even more important. To avoid the most common automotive maintenance mistakes, be sure to do the following:
Inflate and Rotate Your Tires
Changes in temperature and regular use cause tires to lose air. Because this deflation occurs gradually, drivers rarely notice a difference in their car’s performance. Underinflated tires can also affect your vehicle’s fuel economy. Another necessary maintenance step that is far too often ignored is the regular rotation of front and rear tires, a cheap and easy step that prolongs tire life.
Use the Right Fuel
Many automobile owners assume that high-octane fuel, being more expensive than regular unleaded gasoline, burns cleaner and is better for cars. In reality, high-octane fuel is only better for cars that are designed to run off of it. Fill your car with the type of fuel for which it is rated.
Listen to Your Brakes
Through noises, vibrations, and reduced responsiveness, your brakes will let you know when they need to be serviced. Listen to your brakes and schedule an appointment as soon as your hear or feel something funny or your brake light is illuminated.
Follow Maintenance Schedule
There is a great deal of information circulating about how often you should change your oil, switch out your oil filters, and perform other routine automotive maintenance tasks. Since the needs of cars have become increasingly diverse, it is important to refer to the owner’s manual to decide how often to have your car serviced.
While there a handful of routine maintenance steps that the ambitious automobile owner can take care of, a year should never pass without taking your car to the auto repair shop. To work with a friendly and experienced mechanic in Northern California who can help keep your car in prime operating condition and prolong its life, call Walt’s Danville Service at (925) 394-7839.
Highly responsive and well-maintained brakes save thousands of lives each day. If you are not already in tune with the brakes in your highly cherished automobile, now is the time to become better acquainted with them.
In this video clip, automotive expert Richard Dobbs discusses the most common brake-related problems car owners can expect to deal with. He also highlights the signs that can help us diagnose these issues. From screeching noises to pulsating vibrations, just about anything out of the ordinary that occurs when you engage your brakes should be taken as a sign that your brakes need to be serviced.
From brake repair to smog checks and more, Walt’s Danville Service is the full-service auto maintenance and repair shop you can trust to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. Our highly-trained auto repair technicians can meet all of your automotive needs. To set up an appointment, call us today at (925) 394-7839.
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