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Car Care Tips

Car Care Tips in Washington, DCAt Tire Express, we want our customers in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD, Alexandria, VA, and surrounding areas to get the most out of their vehicles. We do that by offering the best in tire and wheel services in our nation's capital. 

If you need new tires or tips for making your tires last, come to see us. Need to fix a bent rim? Want new wheels for your ride? We can help there too. No matter what your wheel or tire needs, we guarantee you'll have a great experience at our shop. 

But in between tire and wheel services, we want you to take the best care of your vehicle possible. What’s the key to keeping your car running for a long time? Following the recommended maintenance intervals outlined in your owner’s manual and checking for potential problems before they happen are essential to overall vehicle maintenance. 

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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Tire Express in Washington, DC

Tire Express is the place to go when you need tires or wheels in Washington, DC. Close to nearby Silver Spring, MD and Alexandria, VA, our tire and rim shop is proud to deliver the best service in our region. You can trust us to find you the best deal on new and used tires, custom wheels, and hubcaps for your car, truck, or SUV. We carry Bridgestone, Firestone, Dunlop, Continental, and other great brands in our selection. Need a bent rim repaired? TPMS sensor repair? Flat tire repair? A new car battery? We can help there too! Call us today to schedule an appointment for tires, wheels, or tire services at our conveniently located shop. 

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