Why do I need to change engine oil?
It’s simple: Dirty oil is less effective than clean oil. The oil in your car is like the blood in your veins. If it’s not there or it’s dirty, your vehicle can’t function properly. Over time, the contaminants in the dirty oil actually begin to erode the metal in the engine, causing parts of the engine to malfunction. Dirt collects and rust reducers fail causing the oil to become useless. Changing the oil isn’t just a pesky chore–it’s a necessity if you want your vehicle to last. Changing your oil with regularity can prolong the life of your engine and save you a lot of money and headaches over time. The bottom line: Buying oil is cheaper than replacing an engine.
So how often should you change your oil?
Knowing when to change your oil is tricky because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Different cars and engines require different maintenance schedules. The old rule-of-thumb required that you change your oil between every 1,000 to 3,000 miles. This rule was black and white–about as basic as any rule of the road–and was drilled into drivers. Ask anyone who learned to drive a car before 1990 and they will probably say “3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever occurs first.” But times have changed. Your car may respond differently to oil than other cars. Additionally, your car may experience rougher driving conditions or more wear and tear than other vehicles.
Can perform these operations with all of the needed tools and equipment. Otherwise, save time and money by visiting Curt's Truck and Auto Repair. Have any needed repairs done by a trained and experienced technician without the hassle of performing the fix at home. Battery diagnostics and maintenance includes:
This type of test includes determining the electrical draw of the starter and the output of the alternator.
Curt's Truck and Auto Repair has the equipment to meet all of your car battery inspection, service, replacement and installation needs.
If you don’t regularly inspect and service your tires, you may experience a blowout, a flat, or worse. Curt's Truck and Auto Repair has the right tires for your vehicle and offers services you need to keep your tires in good working order. We will inspect your tires, perform a tire repair, or replace them entirely.
Tire Rotations Services
When to Rotate Tires Generally speaking, tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. A technician can thoroughly inspect your tires as well as your wheels to determine if they have an acceptable amount of wear and can also check the tread depth and ensure they are properly balanced. Do not make the mistake of neglecting your vehicle's tires. A regular tire rotation will maintain or improve your vehicle's handling, boost traction and balance out the amount of wear endured by each tire. Regular rotations also offer performance advantages and wear evenly, will last much longer and help the car maneuver better.
Tire Replacement Services
Curt's Truck and Auto Repair can service and replace your tires, valve stem, wheels and rims if necessary. Once your tires reach a tread depth of 4/32 of an inch, it is time to replace them.If the tread is all the way down to 2/32 or less, you are driving an unsafe vehicle that cannot properly grip the road.Those who live in snowy areas should be especially conscious of their tread depth.Tires that travel over snow require tread depth as they must press the snow into their grooves and then release it as they roll.
Tires without ample tread depth will merely nibble at the snow and traction will be severely compromised. Insufficient traction, annoying vibrations, steering instability and premature tire wear are all things that can develop if you go too long without having your tires rotated or replaced. Do not put yourself at risk by delaying your tire rotation or replacement. Curt's Truck and Auto Repair can fully inspect your tires and recommend any necessary repairs.
Q : How much does a tire rotation cost?
In order to prevent uneven wear and tear, your tires and wheels should periodically be switched from one position to another process that’s referred to as tire rotation. This is an important step in the preventative maintenance process, and it’s generally recommended that you have it done at least twice a year. Pricing can vary depending on your vehicle; make an appointment with Curt's Truck and Auto Repair and get a specific quote today.
Q : How often is a tire rotation needed?
Tire rotation is an important step in the preventive maintenance process, and it’s something we recommend having done roughly two to three times a year. This figure can vary just depending on how much you drive the vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to always have a tire rotation performed when you get the oil and filters changed.
Q : What does a tire rotation consist of?
The tire rotation process consists of moving the tires and wheels from one position to another, in order to ensure even wear. During this process, we will also inspect your tires for any signs of damage, and let you know of any issues we see.
Q : Can tire wear affect alignment?
Actually, the opposite is true; if your suspension isn’t in proper alignment, it can cause the tires to see some uneven wear. As such, it’s generally recommended that you take your car in for an alignment before investing in new tires.
Q : How do you read tire sizes?
Your tire size is indicated by a series of letters and numbers printed across the sidewall. These letters and numbers signify the tire’s class; the width of the tire from one sidewall, measured in millimeters; the height of the sidewall, listed as a percentage of the section width; the maximum speed for which your tires are approved, measured in mph; radial construction; wheel diameter, in inches; and load carrying capacity.
Q : What do tire sizes mean?
Tire sizes actually provide you with a wealth of information including the maximum speed at which your tires are safe; the maximum carrying capacity of those tires; and the size of your tires, including height and width. We can tell you more about the specific sizing of your tires.
Curt's Truck and Auto Repair has the equipment to meet all of your tire inspection, service, replacement and installation needs.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Tire Rotation and Replacement Services
Brake maintenance is important in helping ensure the safety of you and your passengers. There are a number of signs that indicate your brakes need attention and you want to give them the best attention there is.If your brakes are making a squealing sound or you hear grinding when your car comes to a stop, these may be signs that you need brake service immediately. Consult a certified technician for a brake inspection any time you notice any irregularities in your car’s braking performance.
Get a brake service inspection if:
Many brake pads today have a built-in metal component that creates a slight squeal. The squeal increases in volume over time to alert you of the need for service. If you begin to hear a loud squeal, make sure to bring your vehicle to Curt's Truck and Auto Repair for a full, 23-point inspection.
The exhaust system ensures toxic fumes stay out of your car cabin and works to make your engine run correctly. It also helps give you the best possible fuel efficiency and cuts emissions that pollute the air.Because the process is loud, a muffler is used to cancel out the sound. However, the muffler not only reduces the noise level, but also controls the back pressure of the engine. If your car’s muffler has a hole, then you can experience a carbon monoxide leak, so it’s important to fix it right away.
Keeping Your Car Exhaust Pipe Maintained:
The exhaust pipe plays a key role in diverting exhaust fumes out of your engine, which in turn keeps your vehicle running smoothly. Built-up exhaust fumes can ultimately cause engine deterioration, which makes it important to have your exhaust pipe regularly inspected at a professional muffler shop.
If You Hear a Vibration:
When your car is running or if it experiences a loss of power, bring it in for a free exhaust inspection. Let the shop know where you noticed the vibration coming from: the steering wheel, operating pedals, or even the seat. This symptom could be a result of a hole, disconnected part, or a leak in the exhaust system.
A Failing or Failed Catalytic Converter:
The catalytic converter is the most costly part of your exhaust system. If your catalytic converter begins to fail, you will hear loud sounds. A failing catalytic converter sounds like someone shaking a metal box filled with pennies while your car is in idle. You may also notice your check engine light is illuminated.
Increase in Exhaust Volume:
A deep rumbling noise coming out of your exhaust pipe is an obvious signal that you have a muffler or exhaust issue. Having it repaired quickly is the best option. Delaying needed muffler or exhaust repairs causes other exhaust and engine problems that make repairs more expensive.
Decrease in Fuel Efficiency:
If you notice your regular fill-ups aren’t getting you as far as they used to, take your car to a local service center for an inspection. As with vibrations, loss of fuel efficiency might be a sign of a car exhaust system problem. Exhaust leaks makes your motor work harder, which requires more gas.
Proper steering function is reliant on the quality and performance of your suspension components. Inspections, routine maintenance and front end alignment services will keep your ride smooth and help your vehicle operate in top condition.
Steering Service & Maintenance
Turning the steering wheel of your car seems simple, but a lot happens between your steering wheel and your car’s tires. This complex system relies on a number of processes in order to function properly. Nearly all vehicles today come with power steering, but if this system fails, it quickly becomes a safety issue. Typical steering and suspension services include wheel alignments, shock and strut repair and front and/or rear suspension repair.
Stabilizer Bar Service & Maintenance
Also known as a sway bar, the stabilizer bar is an important component responsible for keeping your car from rolling over while turning. Whereas the shock absorber keeps the ride smooth, the stabilizer bar keeps the car upright when it is turning by spreading weight equally over the tires.The steering and suspension system is very intricate, so it’s important to have work done by a trusted technician. It contributes to the overall quality of your ride, but it is also integral to your vehicle’s safety. Keep up with regular maintenance and inspections, and make sure to address any problems right away.
Car Chassis Repair
Sometimes only a minor repair is needed to bring the chassis back to proper functionality. In other instances, more serious repairs are necessary. Technicians will make sure to check your vehicle's driveshaft, CV joints, universal joints and axles during the vehicle inspection.
Power Steering Repair
If you are experiencing steering problems, have a technician check your power steering column for leaks and other faults. They can also perform a power steering flush and inspect the belts to ensure proper tension. If one component of the power steering system is not functioning as designed, the performance of the vehicle can be easily compromised.
The electrical and electronic systems in your vehicle are responsible for routing power and information in order to dictate the behavior of certain systems. The electrical systems are linked by wiring, fuses, circuit breakers, and relays. Loose or broken wiring, poor pin fits, and broken connectors or switches may lead to intermittent power or a completely inoperative system.
When you begin experiencing trouble with your electrical and electronic systems, ask yourself these questions: How often does this problem occur, and how long does this problem persist? The more information you are able to provide to our staff during an electrical and electronic systems service, the quicker we will be able to recreate the same conditions, and ultimately hone in on the exact problem.
At Curt's Truck and Auto Repair technician are able to diagnose and repair problems during an electrical and electronic systems service. .
If you're experiencing engine noise, including engine knocking, tapping or clicking, or engine stalls, bring your car Curt's Truck and Repair to determine what's going on under the hood. Keep your vehicle's engine performance and efficiency strong by taking care of engine problems right away.
If you're hearing engine noise like engine knocking or engine tapping, it can indicate that the vehicle is running low on oil. It can also mean that an engine part, such as a valve is wearing out. A whistling noise can indicate a cam shaft belt is misaligned or there is an intake leak. A squealing noise can be related to a loose fan belt. A grinding noise is probably coming from your brakes rather than your engine.
You can listen for the engine knocking sounds in the following scenarios:
Engine stalls can indicate an issue with a fuel pump, sensor or possibly an electrical system problem. It can also indicate you're running low on gas, your car is overheating, or that an engine component is worn out, such as a fuel injector or spark plug.
The most common type of engine stalls include:
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