May 062016
 

blown engine - summer car preparations

The summer heat is right around the corner and that means any small problems your car has are likely to get bigger. The last thing you want interrupting your summer vacation is a mechanical problem. By starting your car preparations for summer now, you can reduce the risk of a breakdown. Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we have some great tips for summer car preparations.

  • Air Conditioning – The last thing any driver wants is to be stuck in a hot car with no air conditioning. Having your system looked at by a professional could keep you cool all summer long. If you have a newer car, check your owner’s manual to see if you need to change the cabin air filters.
  • Oil – As one of the primary functions of oil is to carry away excess heat produced by the engine, an oil change is highly recommended. Check your owner’s manual to see your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. If you plan on taking long trips, an oil change is a good idea.
  • Windshield Wipers – If your wipers survived winter and made it through the heavy spring rains, now might be a good time to replace them. While summer isn’t notorious for harsh storms, getting caught in the rain is the last thing anyone wants. Replace your windshield wipers and stay safe!
Aug 242015
 

Tire Pressure

When it comes to spending money, many people would rather head out on a road trip than pay bills. While a road trip can have its own headaches, money and maintenance shouldn’t have to be on your mind. By maintaining your car’s proper tire pressure, you don’t have to! We here at Hurlbert Toyota are here to tell you the benefits of maintaining tire pressure!

First and foremost, keeping your tire pressure at the optimal pressure as suggested by the manufacturer can save a lot of wear and tear on your tires. By preserving your tread, you also increase the amount of miles between new sets, which saves a good amount of money over the life of your car.

Proper tire pressure also increases your car’s handling. Whether you’re on wet or dry roads, traction is important and the proper pressure is there to provide the most traction possible. By improving handling, you’ll experience an overall safer drive as you have more control over the vehicle.

When it comes down to saving money at the pump, maintaining the proper tire pressure can result in better gas mileage. Considering fuel efficiency is a selling point, you’ll want to make the most of each fill-up.