Service Videos

Car Care Basics

Don’t neglect your car – Making a few checks before heading out on the road could save you from misfortune. Even if you aren’t car-savvy, a few simple observations can go a long way!

  • Check your fluids, always while the engine is cool
  • Check the battery to make sure there is no corrosion
  • Check your tire air pressure
  • Make sure your wipers are operational and that the blades are efficiently removing water from your windshield

Maintenance Schedules

Want to extend the life of your vehicle? Following a strict maintenance schedule will help keep your car rolling.

  • Prevent a breakdown and keep your family safe by getting your car serviced every 30,000 miles
  • Make sure that among the items being inspected are belts, wiper blades, lights and bulbs, fluid levels, tire wear and pressure, brake systems, A/C system, suspension, steering, hoses, filters and exhaust system

Buying And Reading Tires

When considering a tire there are many factors you should consider.

  • Consider price, availability, appearance, and reputation of the tire brand
  • Whichever the reason, always be sure to get the best for your money and make sure the tire matches your vehicle’s performance
  • Characteristics of tires to consider when buying new ones include size, design and tread
  • Tread depth and wear patterns will determine when you should buy new tires, our expert technicians are always available to assist you in making your decision

Preventative Maintenance

Let your car perform as it was designed to by doing simple, Preventative Maintenance on a schedule.

  • This will allow you to do repairs when and where you choose. It saves you time, money, and eliminates almost all break downs in your vehicle
  • Don’t let your car keep you from where you’re going. A well maintained car provides better gas mileage, prolongs the life of your vehicle, and keeps you safe on the road
  • Preventative Maintenance can save you from the large expensive repairs down the road

Engine And Transmission

Your engine and transmission are the most expensive mechanical components in your car, it is important that they don’t fail.

  • Pay attention to your vehicle’s performance, it’s one way to detect irregularities before they become problems
  • Do you hear abnormal noises? Notice a difference in the way the transmission shifts? Has the fuel economy dropped? Are there any warning lights that come on while driving? If so it may be time for a tune-up
  • Prevent unnecessary breakdowns and expenses by having one of our ASE Certified Technicians investigate your concerns as soon as they appear, insuring your vehicle is running properly

Oil Change

There are so many variances that can affect your auto’s oil life that no one “golden rule” fits all.

  • Variances the can affect your oil life include weather conditions, driving conditions, and annual mileage
  • Because each driver and vehicle is different, no one answer fits every situation, but all drivers can start by consulting their vehicle’s Owners Manual for recommendations of a maintenance schedule. Remember, when it comes to an oil change, more often is better than less often
  • Not sure what kind of schedule is right for you? Ask one of our service professionals. Our goal is to implement the right services and schedule for you

Batteries

Nothing is worse than being late for work with a dead battery, but you can save the hassle with proper maintenance.

  • The average life of today’s car battery is 3 to 5 years
  • The two most common variables that determine your battery’s life are extreme temperature and short run times. Cold weather can diminish your battery’s cranking power, while stop-and-go driving lessens your battery’s reserve power
  • Get the most out of your battery by keeping it maintained. It’s best to have your battery tested at least twice a year and to make sure the terminals are free of corrosion.

Belts And Hoses

Most belts on a vehicle have a life expectancy of 50,000 miles, and show signs of glazing and cracking when it’s time to replace them.

  • Hoses deteriorate from age, temperature and chemicals, but may not always show signs of aging because they usually break down from the inside.
  • It’s best to have a trained technician periodically check the belts and hoses for internal and external weakening, assuring you stay safe on the road.

Heating And Cooling Systems

One of the most important parts of your car both for performance and comfort is the Heating and Cooling Systems.

  • The heater core allows hot air inside your car in the winter, and the radiator keeps your engine cool at all times
  • Both systems utilize permanent coolant and antifreeze to operate correctly.
  • Making sure that the engine coolant is clean insures a warmer winter for you and a longer life for your vehicle!

Exhaust Systems

Having your vehicle’s Exhaust System tested regularly is important not only to your vehicle, but to your health.

  • Your car’s exhaust system is made of up Oxygen Sensors, the Catalytic Converter, pipes and muffler
  • All cars today have at least 1 oxygen sensor to measure the amount of oxygen in exhaust fumes to maximize your fuel economy. Your SERVICE ENGINE SOON light engages when an oxygen sensor fails
  • The converter changes harmful carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons to water vapors and carbon dioxide. If it gets plugged up, it causes a loss of performance.

Wheel Balance And Alignment

It’s a fact that tires go out of balance as they wear, and a misaligned vehicle only makes tires wear unevenly, changing the balance of your car.

  • If you’re driving an average of 12-15,000 miles a year, consider having your tires rebalanced and the car aligned once a year
  • Check with one of our certified technicians about how often your vehicle should be aligned to insure a smooth ride and less wear on your car.

Shocks And Struts

Shocks and Struts were designed with more than just comfort in mind. the safety of your vehicle is greatly dependent on them.

  • How well you can maneuver and stop are directly affected by the condition of these parts.
  • Your vehicle and your safety both fair better when your Shocks and Struts are inspected during your regular car service by one of our trained technicians.

HVAC

HVAC simply stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. When this systems stops working, we start to feel the heat (or cold!).

  • HVAC System failures are caused to due to electrical/mechanical failures or leaks.
  • Think twice before deciding you can live without A/C, it powers your defroster, controls condensation inside your vehicle, and aids your visibility from the drivers seat.
  • Your HVAC System is important in hot and cold weather, for both comfort and safety. Have your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning inspected by one of our certified technicians.

Brakes

It goes without saying that the brakes are one of the most important parts of your car, so it’s imperative to make sure all components are working properly.

  • Hydraulic and mechanical forces make up your brakes. Hydraulic components provide brake fluid to the mechanical components that allow your brakes to function.
  • If any of these components fail to work properly, your vehicle ceases to stop properly.
  • Trust Rad Air’s certified technicians to use high quality parts and professionally inspect your vehicle’s brakes to insure your vehicle rides safely and continues to “stop on a dime”.

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