When it comes to rotating your tires, the decision to do it or not is totally up to you. Some people say that we should rotate our tires at least every 6,000 miles, and others say that we should do it every 8,000 miles. There are even some who say that rotating the tires every 15,000 miles is plenty. The fact of the matter is that there is not a true universal figure that will tell you when and if to rotate the tires.
As you drive your car, the car tends to settle. This usually means that two tires are going to get worn out faster than the other two. A car that is front wheel drive is going to wear down the front tires faster because they are the tires supplying the power to the street and doing the turning as well. The rear tires do not do much of anything.
Theoretically, you might get more out of the tires up front by rotating them to the rear. Then, you have to figure that the back tires you moved to the front are going to wear out faster. Overall, there could be a disadvantage to doing this because now all your tires will wear down faster.
When you rotate the tires, your car will ride differently. This is why some people choose to not rotate their tires. The bottom line is that it is totally up to you whether you rotate the tires or not. Some see it as a benefit, and some see it as negative.
Living in the city is great. City life has unique perks like tasty local restaurants, nightlife, constant activities and community events, just to name a few. However, many cringe at the thought of driving in the city. City driving definitely has hazards different from any other driving environment. Check out our 5 ways to stay safe while driving in the city:
- Know Where You’re Going
Planning out your route is a good idea anywhere, but especially for driving in the city. Familiarize yourself with the important turns on your route as well as landmarks that will help you get there. GPS is helpful, but if you don’t have one, know that your smartphone is not a legal option!
- Keep An Eye On Your Neighbors
One of the items that makes city driving so fun is the close proximity of other vehicles. This ranges widely from buses on a schedule, taxis trying to make a buck, the impatient (and late!) driver, the lost driver, the distracted driver, and so on. You can’t rely on them to keep you safe. Make sure you keep tabs on them while they are around you!
- Pick A Lane
It’s tempting to change lanes frequently to get around those slow going drivers. Even though you may feel this gets you where you’re going faster, there are several risk factors to consider. First, you might miss your turn and then have the hassle of circling around to get to your destination. Also, city traffic can change quickly, making a seemingly empty lane hazardous in an instant.
- Double Check That Parking Sign
One quick glance at a parking sign can be deceiving, and can surely ruin a good day or night out on the town. Make sure you read the parking signs so that you are clear on the rules set on that particular area. A good rule of thumb is to never block a drive, hydrant, or intersection, no matter what you thought the sign said.
- Secure Your Vehicle
The prevalence of police and foot traffic won’t keep your car from getting broken into, especially if it’s not locked. Store your valuables in out of sight areas, lock your doors, and consider parking in a well-lit area if you’re out in the evening.
By driving safely, you can team up with Louetta Automotive in our efforts to encourage safe driving in our communities! Of course, part of driving safely involves making sure your vehicle has passed its annual safety inspection. Stop by your local Louetta Automotive today our inspector is always on duty!
Louetta Automotive proudly offers BG fluids and products. BG creates top of the line automotive fluids and automotive maintenance service products. These include completely synthetic engine oils, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluids and grease and gear lube.
Most automotive fluid companies make their products with crude oil base. BG Products, on the other hand, are manufactured in a lab as fully synthetic chemicals. For humans, synthetic products are bad news, but for a vehicle, synthetic fluids are the best they come. These fluids are capable of handling the higher temps better and for longer, without breaking down. This means longer periods between fluid changes and more longevity for the life of you vehicle.
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There is a saying precaution is better than a good cure. The meaning is simple. Why wait till something goes wrong and scramble to fix it when you can simply avoid something going wrong to being with? This is a line of reasoning that is generally applied to your health. However, this same reasoning can be applied to the care and maintenance of your car as well.
Regularly Scheduled Service & Maintenance
We all go to the doctor every so often for our regular checkup. We do this to make sure that nothing major is going wrong. Perhaps something we cannot see under the hood. The same holds true with your car. Regularly scheduled general maintenance of your car is a crucial part of making sure your car has a long happy life. General maintenance will help identify potential problems such as faulty wires or parts that are starting to go bad. This ensures that what would have been a minor repair does not become a major headache at the most inopportune time. Regularly scheduled checkups and service will also ensure that your car is operating and peak efficiency and performance.
Most car owners understand that regularly scheduled oil changes should be a part of the maintenance routine for their car. However an oil change also provides the technician an opportunity to peer into the inner workings deep within the engine. Much like a blood test can reveal what is happening within your body. The color, consistency or presence of foreign objects (like metal shavings) in your engines oil can speak volumes about the overall health of your car.
Summer Driving Season
As the summer driving season approaches the road may be calling you. Many car owners take road trips during the summer months. Long journeys during the hot summer months can break down a car that is not properly maintained.
Having your car serviced by the car experts at Louetta Automotive will ensure that your car will not only be healthy today, but will also provide many more seasons of enjoyment for you and your family.
Have you ever pressed your gas pedal and.nothing? You double check everything. Car is on? Check. Car in gear? Check. Emergency Brake off? Check. Still nothing. So you think about recent service you may have gotten. Oil, tires, even that new muffler. What could have been missing?
Transmission fluid creates the pressure your transmission needs to move the wheels on your car when you step on the gas pedal. Since getting your transmission serviced is not something that needs to happen as often as an oil change, it can be easy to forget about. However, a proper transmission service keeps your car running smoothly and helps you avoid a very costly repair down the road.
Your local Louetta Automotive Service Advisor has a schedule for transmission service and can tell you what is recommended for your vehicle. Performing a transmission service on a regular basis is a very cost-effective solution compared to a major transmission repair.
Severe Duty Service
Houston is a severe duty service area. Many vehicles list two separate maintenance schedules in the owner’s manual one for regular driving, and one for “severe duty” or “severe service,” which calls for more frequent maintenance.
A severe duty schedule might call for shorter intervals between oil and filter changes, transmission fluid and filter changes, power steering fluid changes, brake fluid changes, air filter changes, radiator coolant changes and other filters and fluids. Give Louetta or Lake Houston Automotive a call to ensure your vehicle is prepared for high heat.
Come by your local Louetta Automotive Service Center to see if your car is due for a transmission service, and ask your technician to check your transmission fluid the next time you bring your car in for an oil change.
We’ve all acknowledged the fact that gas prices are steep, and they probably wom’t come down any time soon. With that pinch on your wallet, especially when traveling longer distances, it may be tempting to drive a little bit longer prior to filling up. But driving on empty can have damaging effects on your vehicle:
Save Your Fuel Pump
Your cars fuel pump brings gas from your gas tank into the engine where it can be used. The fuel pump stays lubricated by the fuel that is in the gas tank. If your gas gets below a certain level, there is nothing to left to lubricate and cool down the fuel pump. This in turn makes your fuel pump work harder. Repairing or replacing a fuel pump can be pricey.
Heat Is the Killer!
Gas prices tend to go up in the summertime when travel is at its peak season. When you combine the heat from the summer air with an already overheated fuel pump, damage is imminent. Once your fuel pump gets overheated, it is likely to start causing problems immediately.
As painful as it may be, it is best to fill up before you reach ¼ tank. Developing this habit will surely save you from a costly repair bill. Check back with us every week for other money saving car care tips!