Here, at Kearney Tire & Auto Service, we want our customers to be in the know about how to properly care for their car or truck. We want you to understand why and how your tires wear; how to get the best gas mileage; and overall how to get the most out of your tires. Hopefully, with these helpful tips you will be able to improve gas mileage and reduce tire wear when driving in and around Kearney, NE and Holdrege, NE . We understand how important your vehicle is and why your car needs to be serviced by a Kearney, Nebraska auto repair shop. So give us a call at (308) 237-5534 today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.
Car Maintenance and Care
Keep your car in top working order and make it last longer than the payments do, by performing the maintenance services recommended in your owner’s manual! Timely changes of your vehicle's vital fluids will add years and miles to the life of your car or truck. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! By performing prescribed maintenance at recommended mileage intervals, we can help you prevent potential problems for the life of your vehicle. Plus, we can help improve your vehicle's fuel economy, overall performance and safety. A small investment in routine maintenance can save you a lot down the road.
Tire Maintenance and Care
Gas Mileage Tips
And most important of all……
Did you know your car has more than 30,000 parts? Here are just 5 of the most commonly asked questions--with answers--from the experts at Kearney Tire & Auto Service.
1) Why did my tires wear out prematurely?
There are many possible reasons why tires don’t last as long the manufacturer’s warranty. A common issue is the vehicle’s wheel alignment. Incorrect wheel alignment is the leading reason tires do not last as long as designed. A vehicle that is only 1/8 of an inch misaligned in the toe angle will cause 28 feet of sideways scrub in every mile traveled. This issue will likely not be noticed when driving, only seen after driving some time and when the tires are being inspected and the wear spotted. It is recommended to have wheel alignment angles measured and evaluated every year to ensure your vehicle is rolling as efficiently as possible as well as protecting your investment in tires!
2) What do you mean I have a cabin air filter?
Yes, most late model vehicles have a filter to clean the air coming into the passenger compartment. It is called the cabin air filter or heating/ventilation/air conditioning filter. Cabin air filters started being installed in vehicles in model year 2000 vehicles. The purpose is to filter the pollen, pollutants, smog, dirt, and mold spores from reaching the passenger compartment. Replacement recommendations are between 15,000 and 30,000 miles. The interval may vary based on where the vehicle is driven.
3) My tire pressure monitor light is on, what do I do?
The little yellow horseshoe with an exclamation point is lit. This is an indicator one or more of the tires have a low air pressure condition, if the light is on solid. If the light is flashing, that indicates a failure within the tire pressure monitor system. In either case, examine your tires, test and ensure the air pressure in all tires is properly set and then proceed to your service provider. A tire may need repaired or testing may need completed to determine where the system fault is located.
4) My vehicle makes a squeaking noise when I’m turning a corner, what is causing that?
Noises can be frustrating. Duplication of the noise is critical to finding the origin of the noise. We suggest to pay close attention to when the noise is evident so it can be duplicated when the technician is present. Once the noise is duplicated the technician can start the pinpoint testing procedure to determine the source and correction necessary.
5) I got a “maintenance required” message displayed on my dash. What does that mean?
The maintenance required message is displayed when the vehicle’s odometer passes a predetermined mileage interval and then sets the flag (maintenance required message) signaling services are due per the current mileage. The details will be in the vehicle’s owner’s manual or stop in to discuss needs with your automotive service provider.
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