Today's cars are controlled by on-board computers, complicated ignition and fuel injection systems. Have a Pep Boys technician perform a diagnostic service to ensure all systems are "go".
Quick starts use more fuel than smooth, steady acceleration. Adjust your style and you'll save gas.
Dirty air filters can cause your engine to run at less than peak efficiency. It's easy to spot a dirty air filter, and the replacement cost is minimal.
If there is an external cooling system leak, tighten, repair or replace leaking parts. A pressure test can determine if and where a leak exists.
Tune up an engine that is not running perfectly and it will help start your car during the winter. Have any problems diagnosed and repaired before the onset of colder weather.
Check your car's heating system. Carefully check the radiator for leaks and debris. Also, check the radiator and heater hoses, and replace any that are worn, cracked, brittle or mushy.
Take time to locate your fuse box, and have a slit handy of the circuits each fuse protects. Make sure you have spare fuses for all amperage ratings.
Oil is our car's lifeblood, and winter is especially hard on your engine oil. Make sure you change your oil and use the correct weight for you car and climate. This will aid in starting.
Top off your windshield fluid regularly. You'd be surprised how much you use in the winter and early spring.
Tune up an engine that is not running perfectly and it will help start your car. Have any problems diagnosed and repaired.
Check and top off fluid levels in your transmission, master cylinder, clutch cylinder and washer solvent reservoir. Give the oil a quick check, change it and install a filter according to the manufacturer's recommended interval.
Gas treatment may boost the cleaning performance of your gasoline. A complete fuel system cleaning can help restore peak engine performance.
A complete fuel system cleaning can help remove deposits throughout the entire fuel system including fuel injectors, intake valves and combustion chambers.
May is a good month to take a close look at your tires in preparation for upcoming summer travel. Check your owner's manual for your vehicle's proper interval and rotation sequence.
Do your brakes feel as sure as they did when they were new? Brakes should be inspected at least twice a year. The best times are just before summer and winter to prevent problems in extreme temperatures. Pep Boys provides free brake inspections.
Replace the coolant in your cooling system every 30,000 miles or according to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation. Replace the coolant with the proper proportion of water and coolant when low. (50/50 mix.)
Oil additives work to protect your car's engine. A quality oil treatment helps to protect against engine wear and reduces oil consumption.
Engine coolant protects a vehicle's cooling system from temperature extremes and helps prevent the radiator form overheating during hot weather, or from freezing during cold weather.
Check your automatic transmission fluid. It protects against transmission breakdown and contains additives that prevent corrosion system wear and oxidation.
Engine oil should always be change according to manufacturer's recommended intervals. Understand what "Severe Service" means. Your intervals could be shorter.
Oil that does not have a "W" in its thickness rating might make the engine crank too slow to start. Check your owner's manual for the recommended thickness for the coldest temperature expected in your region.
Windshield wiper blades should be capable of completely clearing the windshield in three passes. Replace the blades if cleaning the edge of the blade does not help.
Follow the helpful tips below to maximize the life of your car or truck.