MainStreet Transmissions

and Auto Repair LLC

 

511 SIMS STREET

PALMETTO,

GA  30268


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8:30 am - 5:30 pm


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Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

 

Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance...Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

  • AIR CONDITIONING
  • A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.

  • COOLING SYSTEM
  • The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.

  • OIL
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.

  • ENGINE PERFORMANCE
  • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drive-ability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

  • WINDSHIELD WIPERS
  • A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

  • LIGHTS
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

  • TIRES
  • Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.

  • BRAKES
  • Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

  • BATTERY
  • Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly.Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

  • EMERGENCIES
  • Carry some basic tools — ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTIFREEZE


Antifreeze plays a critical role in your engine. It makes sure the fluids in your engine can stand up to very cold temperatures without freezing, while also preventing the engine from overheating.

Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is mixed with equal parts of water in the engine to form radiator fluid. If the ratio is off, even slightly, it can leave your vehicle at risk for serious problems this fall and winter!

Too little antifreeze means the fluids in your vehicle’s engine could freeze as the temperature cools. Too much water, and the radiator fluid could boil inside the engine.

If the level of fluid gets too low, it can no longer remove heat from the engine. When your engine overheats, it can cause extensive damage to your vehicle and expensive repairs to get you back on the road.

Instead of dealing with a frozen engine block or an overheating vehicle, stop by our shop for a cooling system inspection this fall. Our technicians will make sure the ratio of antifreeze to water is correct for your vehicle. We’ll also test the antifreeze to make sure it is in good condition and able to withstand extreme winter temperatures. Our expert staff knows how to look for warning signs for leaks in the cooling system, so you can take care of them before they cause a problem.

Cold temperatures bring new challenges for your vehicle. Before winter hits, bring your vehicle in to us for a thorough inspection – call (770) 463-0871


 

 

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Don't ignore it!!

Your car is communicating to you that there is a problem.  Come by and let us check it out for you.

We are MainStreet Transmissions and Auto Repair.  We believe in providing quality service at an affordable price.  We are a family owned and operated business and have been in Palmetto for 14 years.  We are members of the community and also live in the community we service.  We stand behind our service...our reputation is important to us and we strive to keep our customers happy.