DLS Tire Centers, Inc. provides preventive maintenance services to customers in Kansas City, MO, Colorado Springs, CO, and Boulder, CO. Many batteries are advanced and they no longer require too much maintenance. To be on the safe side, you should know where your car battery is located and check it periodically to make sure it’s not leaking acid and has adequate water in it to prevent it from failing. Most batteries have a condition indicator that displays different colors to indicate how it’s functioning. The color blue means it’s okay, red means to add distilled water and white means charging is necessary. Simple directions can usually be found on the side of the battery. Our auto repair shop located in Colorado Springs, CO is certified in batteries and will check over your other preventive maintenance areas for you.
Another preventive maintenance area is the antifreeze level in your automobile. Antifreeze keeps your engine temperatures stable in all climate extremes and driving conditions. Always be sure you have the right level of antifreeze because fooling around with the cooling of your car’s complex mechanical parts is an unnecessary risk and can be prevented if checked on regularly. Invest a few dollars in a bottle of antifreeze and keep it handy in your trunk or back seat. Antifreeze should always be added when the engine is cool. If the engine is warm, please take caution. Use a funnel as you would when adding motor oil to avoid splashing this greenish, toxic chemical on other parts of the car.
To receive an accurate assessment of your tire alignment, bring your car to our auto shop and have it put on a computerized tester. Having this test done on a regular basis can really save you money and is very affordable. If you want, you can test the alignment yourself on a flat street. Drive the speed limit and leave a hand on the wheel for safety, but don't actually steer the car for a few seconds. If the car veers in one direction and you need to manually keep your car driving straight, make an alignment appointment with our shop located in Colorado Springs, CO to get your car aligned.
Check for optimized tire pressure as well. About 32 psi to 36 psi on a gauge is about average for a mid-sized sedan, but check your owner’s manual to be sure. Slightly deflated or unbalanced tires will not only cause shakiness when you drive at highway speeds, but will eventually warp the tires and reduce your gas mileage. A way to avoid this is to always buy new tires in pairs so you can put the new ones on the front and move the old front ones to the back. This usually lets you get more use out of them. Our shop carries top of the line tire brands for when your tires are worn and not safe to drive on the road.
The air filter on the engine, called the air intake, prevents dust and dirt from entering the engine. Take care of your engine by replacing your air filter when necessary. Checking the air filter only takes a few minutes. It’s usually hidden under a plastic casing under the hood of your car and you have to unsnap the case to switch out the filter. Our auto repair shop can change the filter for you.
When it comes time to sell your car or make repairs, having maintained some of these basic areas will really pay off. Negligence is the most common and costly way to see your money go to waste on repairs that could have easily been prevented. Our shop is located in Colorado Springs, CO and services all areas of preventive maintenance. Stop in at our location or give us a call to have your vehicles maintenance areas checked over by our highly trained professional mechanics.