End of Summer Marks Perfect Time for Car Care
Preventative maintenance now can help ensure worry-free driving this winter
The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun. Take advantage of the lull to prepare your vehicle for the winter ahead, advise the pros and the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Breakdowns, never convenient, can be dangerous in cold weather period.
You may not be familiar with all of the automotive services available at our shop. But at Modern Tire of West Hartford our products and services extend beyond just tires. Our team of ASE-Certified technicians perform a wide range of automotive services routinely on most domestic and foreign automobiles. For example, some of the typical services include:
- Fuel System Cleaning:
Over time, the fuel system gets gum and varnish build up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. And helps you save gas as you drive around town.
- Headlamp Replacement:
Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. When one burns out, replace both so they'll have the same brightness. Also, if your headlamp lenses are yellowed or cloudy, you can have them professionally restored to like new-condition.
Drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they’re going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle’s ready for the summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used car and want to give it the once over. An inspection at Modern Tire of West Hartford may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to having a problem.
- Oil Change Service:
Some auto service centers offer just an oil change and new filter as an option. At Modern Tire of West Hartford we will also check and top off all of your other fluids and inspect the hoses, belts, tires etc.
- PCV Valve Service:
PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve. It’s a little part that releases pressure from the engine. It can get gummed up and that can lead to engine damage. It just needs to be changed now and then.
- Power Steering Service:
Often overlooked. Our technician will evacuate the old fluid, clean out the system and replace it with clean fluid. This ensures the system runs well for a long time.
- Serpentine Belt Replacement:
That’s the belt that powers the engine’s accessories like the alternator, air conditioner, power steering and brakes. You’ll want to replace the serpentine belt at Modern Tire of West Hartford before it breaks or wears down too much, because that could lead to other problems.
- Shocks and Struts Replacement:
This starts with an inspection of the suspension components. Shocks last a long time and wear out slowly, so many motorists don’t notice when it’s time to change them.
- If they’re worn or leaking, they need to be replaced.
This involves removing the transmission fluid and replacing it with clean fluid. It’s like an oil change for your transmission.
The tires are rotated from front to back using the recommended rotation pattern. This helps tires wear more evenly. Wheels need to be balanced from time to time to keep them turning without any wobble or bounce. This helps the ride and saves tire wear as you drive around.