- Batteries/Charging system: How old is your battery and did your engine crank slowly last winter or during the dog days of summer? Extremes in temperature - Heat or Cold - battery age, and cranking power are determinants in whether your car will start. And while you’re at it, have the alternator checked too, to help your battery maintain its charge when the temperature dips.
- Tires: No tread equals no traction. If your tires are worn close to or at the wear bars, it’s time for a new set. It’s a good idea to do an under-car inspection including shocks and struts, and an alignment may be in order if that hasn’t been performed in the last year or so.
- Thermostat: If the temperature gauge doesn’t get much above the C when driving in cold weather, it may be time for a new thermostat. A properly operating thermostat helps keep the engine at its ideal operating temperature that in turn provides heat for the cabin.
- Antifreeze: In extreme cold, weak antifreeze can freeze up in parts of your engine, and that can lead to disaster.
- Belts: Make sure your belts are tightened properly and in good condition. Cracks are a sign that it’s time for replacement.
- Wiper blades: Cracked, split or worn wiper blades can cause skipping or poor contact with the windshield. Replace them twice a year.
- Fluids: Make sure the power steering, brake and transmission fluids are at their correct level for proper operation.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A dirty oil filter can shorten the life of your vehicle.Did you know having your oil and oil filter changed, at least as often as recommended by the manufacturer, is likely to generate the single biggest return on your routine-maintenance investment.
Replacing the dirty oil and filter will help protect the internal parts of the engine from premature wear. It's important to use the recommended grade of oil for your vehicle for the best protection and fuel mileage.
At 60 Minute Tune the lowest grade of oil we carry is synthetic blend because we care about your care we only want the best for your car. See your vehicle owner's manual for the recommended oil change interval, or follow the oil-life monitoring system or give us a call and we can help you out.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
- Absorbent compress dressings
- Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Antibiotic ointment packets
- Antiseptic wipe packets
- Packets of aspirin
- Blanket (space blanket)
- Breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- Instant cold compress
- Pair of non-latex gloves
- Hydrocortisone ointment packets
- Roller bandage
- Sterile gauze pads
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
- Triangular bandages
- First-aid instruction booklet
- Screwdrivers—Phillips and flat head
- Set of good socket wrenches
- Duct tape
- Electrical wire tape
- Electrical wire spray
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Small fire extinguisher
- Jumper cables
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The most important tip to keep your family safe while driving is to always use safety belts and proper child restraints. Children are safer when placed in the rear seat in the appropriate infant, child, booster seat, or safety belt—appropriate for size and age. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an active air bag.
Both Hands on the Wheel
Always drive with both hands on the wheel. The best place for your hands are the nine and three o'clock positions, which helps provide greater control when steering.
Lights on, Please
With your safety in mind, most new vehicles come equipped with daytime running lamps. To help with safe driving, turn on your lights in rainy weather to make sure that your headlamps, tail lamps and other exterior lamps are on. Even if your visibility is good, other drivers will have a better view of your vehicle.
If you need to veer suddenly to avoid hitting an object in your vehicle's path, before turning, make sure you look in the direction you're headed to make sure the path is clear.
Alcohol is a factor in 39% of traffic fatalities in the U.S. These visual signs may help you spot an impaired driver:
- Stopping problems (too far, too short, or too jerky)
- Straddling a lane line
- Swerving or drifting
- Weaving across lane lines
- Accelerating or decelerating for no apparent reason
- Slow response to traffic signals
- Turning with a wide radius
- Driving without headlights at night
- Varying speed
- Stopping in a lane for no apparent reason
- Failure to signal or signal inconsistent with action
- Almost striking a vehicle or other object
- Slow speed (10+ mph under the limit)
- Driving in opposing lanes or wrong way on a one-way road
- Following too closely
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
- Simply call the toll-free Consumer Assurance Program number at 1-800-ACDelco PROMPT #3.
- The call center technician will arrange for any necessary towing assistance (free of charge) to the nearest participating Independent Service Center featuring quality ACDelco Parts.
- Present your original receipt to the repair facility for authorization. If the failure occurs within 25 miles of the original repair facility, please return to that facility for possible ACDelco warranty coverage (parts only).
- The installing dealer will conduct the warranty repair. After the repair facility authorizes your receipt, the repairs will be made and you'll be on your way. It's that easy.
Monday, March 5, 2012
- If necessary, Roadside Assistance is available.
- Present your original receipt to the repair facility for authorization.
- After the repair facility authorizes your receipt, the repairs will be made and you will be on your way.
- If the failure occurs within 25 miles of the original repair facility, please return to the original facility for possible ACDelco warranty coverage. The installing ACDelco Professional Service Center will conduct the warranty repair.
- Lock-out service
- Flat-tire assistance
- Fuel, oil, fluid and water delivery service—you must pay for the costs of the actual fluids delivered
- Jump start
- A photocopy of the original invoice identifying the participating repair center and the services performed. The invoice must identify the year, make and model of your vehicle.
- Your complete name, address and telephone number.
- A photocopy of the paid invoice for Roadside Assistance from a valid auto service provider. This paid invoice must detail the name, address and telephone number of the service provider. It must also identify the specific vehicle receiving the service.
Denver, CO 80233
- Importance of maintenance
- Interactive automotive systems guide
- Troubleshooting performance problems
- Tips for the road
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Everyone knows, or seems to know, that synthetic oils are better than conventional oils, but do you know why?
The fact is synthetic oils have several material advantages over their non-synthetic counterparts. Synthetic oils are structured with very specific properties, which leads to stronger oxidative protection against breakdown and lower evaporation rates under high temperature conditions. Synthetics also excel at low temperature operation and provide superior film strength.
What do all of these features mean to the vehicle owner? Longer service life, excellent component protection, better fuel economy, enhanced performance and power, eased cold starting and quicker circulation during the initial warm-up period.
Unfortunately, due to high cost, full synthetic oils are still not the norm for most automakers. But, even synthetic blends, which can range on average at 20-50 percent synthetic base oil use, can offer substantial performance increases over non-synthetic versions.
Ready to make the switch?
Don't pop the hood yet. If your engine has been running on conventional oil for a while, don't switch to synthetic oil without proper preparation.
If you plan to switch over to full synthetic oil, prepare your engine with a BG Performance Oil Change Service, used with one of BG's full synthetic oils, BG MOA,® BG CF5® and BG 109 Compression Performance Restoration. Used together, these products will remove tough carbon deposits from the piston ring area as well as the rest of the oil system. Then, the BG Performance Oil Changer uses shop air to purge the entire oil system of dirty, contaminated oil and deposits before replacing it with new oil.
So when it comes to conventional vs. synthetic oil, why should you switch? Because, price means nothing if performance doesn't follow. Synthetics offer benefits that are worth the higher price. How much do you value your engine?
Courtesy of BG