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Maintain Your Older Vehicle

Are you driving a car or truck with 75,000 miles or more on the odometer? This can be a smart move financially—if you invest the time and money to properly maintain your vehicle. The key is keeping your repair and maintenance costs lower than your car payments, starting with proper tire care.

Protect Your Investment

Tires – An army marches on its feet. Your car rolls on its tires. If they wear out early, it’s like throwing money away.

  • Keep your tires inflated to the correct pressure. Proper tire inflation promotes even tread wear and improved fuel efficiency—a 3% boost, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles. Tire Warehouse is the fastest tire change in the New England area. When we rotate your tires, we inspect the tread, check the tire pressure, balance the wheels, and get you on your way in minutes.

Alignment – Keep your wheels in alignment to get the most out of your tire investment you have in your tires.

  • Preserve your tires. When your wheels are not in perfect alignment they wear out tires fast.
  • Save money on gas. When your wheels are not in perfect alignment they fight each other and the road, significantly reduce your gas mileage.
  • Improve road handling. Proper alignment ensures safe, responsive steering.
  • Ride in comfort. Proper alignment gives you a smoother ride.

Visit these Tire Barn alignment centers. Call your store manager for details.

Keep on Schedule

Oil Changes – An oil change is cheap insurance against engine trouble.

  • We recommend you follow the service schedule and maintenance guidelines in your owner's manual.
  • Consider a high-mileage oil. Specially-formulated oils can help extend engine life. They cost a bit more, but condition engine seals, prevent leaks, and remove harmful dirt and deposits.

Safety First

In today’s economy, many owners hang onto their old cars because they can’t afford a new one. If this sounds like you, take a systematic approach to safety and cost control:

  • Replace brake pads or shoes when they wear thin. The material, usually ceramic, last 20,000-30,000 on cars, 25,000-45,000 on trucks.
  • Resurface or replace brake rotors as recommended. Rotors are the discs in “disc” brakes.
  • Replace worn belts before they break and cost you a tow.
  • Replace cracked hoses before your engine overheats.
  • Check fluid levels periodically and replace according to your service schedule. Much cheaper than a new transmission, for example.
  • Replace leaky ball joints or your wheels can snap off the steering mechanism.
  • Replace worn CV joints before they fail because they connect the drive shaft to the wheel axles.
  • Install new shocks and struts for better road handling, cornering, and a ride comfort.

Take care of your car and your car will take care of you—and your pocketbook. Request an appointment online or stop by your local Tire Warehouse store today.

For even more great information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section!

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