(217) 235-3331
1300 Charleston Ave. | Mattoon, IL 61938
(217) 345-3331
515 Lincoln Ave. | Charleston, IL 61920

Car Care Tips

Car Care Tips in Charleston, IL

Here, at Inyart Tire & Auto Center, 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 Charleston, IL and Mattoon, IL. We understand how important your vehicle is and why your car needs to be serviced by a Charleston or Mattoon Illinois auto repair shop. So give us a call at (217) 235-3331 in Mattoon or (217) 345-3331 in Charleston today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

Follow the car care tips below to keep your vehicle running reliably:

  • Change the oil within the suggested service intervals. Checking and changing your oil and oil filter will help your engine and vehicle run smoothly. While changing your oil as required is important, using the manufacturer’s recommended oil for your vehicle can improve gas mileage by 1-2%.
  • Moving components require regular lubrication and should be checked as often as the oil is changed. Driveline components, like CV and u-joints, are flexible components that, if not properly lubricated, can break down and cause other major components to go with them.
  • Transmission and differential fluid are other important fluids to check during service intervals. Unusual noises, sluggish shifting, or abrupt gear changes are all signs that your transmission service interval is quickly approaching or has passed. For fluid specifications, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommended transmission fluid type and viscosity.
  • Pay attention to battery life. Battery connections should be kept tight, clean, and free of corrosion. Batteries rarely provide warnings before failing, so be sure to seek battery replacements as necessary.
  • Brake fluid can attract moisture, which will corrode components. Brake fluid should be replaced once a year to keep calipers, hoses, and other components in top operating condition. Other important fluids to consider changing on a regular basis include power steering fluid and coolant. Each fluid has its own service interval, so be sure to check with the manufacturer.
  • Fully functioning climate control systems are important to your comfort and your overall safety. A complete flush and fill of the coolant system is necessary for ridding the system of dirt and rust collected from the engine, radiator, and various hoses. Refrigerant may also be checked prior to the onset of warmer seasons.
  • Wheel alignments can realign your wheels to your manufacturer’s specifications. Wheel alignments improve straight-line tracking and reduce tire wear. If you feel unusual pulling to one side, it is time for a wheel alignment.
  • Avoid stop-and-go driving. This wastes fuel and adds unnecessary wear and premature age to crucial components.

By following these tips and the service intervals listed inside your owner’s manual, you can guard against major repairs and unexpected failures. Proper vehicle maintenance can save you money in the long run, and improve your safety and the safety of your passengers, while neglecting suggested services at regular intervals will void vehicle and parts warranties.

Stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance and visit us today or contact us online when your vehicle needs to be serviced by our professionals.

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Inyart Tire & Auto Center in Charleston, IL

Inyart Tire & Auto Center has the same familiar faces and award-winning service that customers have trusted since 1990. As a leader in the car care of our community, we offer quality name brand tires, auto repair and brake services for customers located in and around the Charleston, IL and Mattoon, IL area. Our goal is to focus on out of the ordinary customer service. It is the very foundation of our business. Inyart Tire & Auto Center employs a highly-trained staff specializing in tire repair or replacement and installation, convenient and fast oil changes, brakes, shocks, struts, alignment, exhaust systems, and engine diagnostics, all at very competitive prices. We invite you to browse our Inyart Tire & Auto Center website to see the breadth of products and services we offer, or give us a call for personalized service.

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