Part 1 - Save fuel in the Quick Lane
Proper vehicle maintenance doesn't just help extend the life of your vehicle - it can help relieve some of the financial pressure brought on by high gas prices. The following are a few key services our factory-trained auto service technicians can perform to help boost your mpg and fuel economy.
Part 2 - Save fuel on the road
Saving fuel after a visit to your Porter Quick Lane is just the start. Here are a few things you can be conscious of when you're behind the wheel to help you squeeze a little more out of your gas dollars.
A flat tire is one of the biggest inconveniences you can experience on the road. If you don't have your cell phone handy to call a tow truck or aren't up for waiting, here's what to do.
Before you start, make sure to consult your vehicle owner's guide for details specific to your car or truck, such as the location of the spare and jack kit. Also, be aware of your surroundings. If you do not feel safe, do not hesitate to call the local police for help.
A dead battery is another common inconvenience that many drivers will encounter in their lifetime. And unlike changing a flat tire, this one requires a little help from your friends. So, if you don't want to call a tow truck and you have a willing helper, here's how to get some life back in your car battery. Pay special attention to the connection order - that's one of the most common and overlooked causes for unsuccessful jump-starts.
Before you start, you'll need jumper cables, so if you don't have any, you may want to make sure your helper brings them. When your helper arrives, have them park close enough to your vehicle so that you can connect the jumper cables to the batteries with plenty of extra slack. Most cables are about six feet long. You should also check your owner's guide for details about your vehicle battery location and terminal placement.
The more you use your brakes, the faster they wear out. By design, all brakes contain special friction materials, referred to as pads or shoes, which keep the metal of your calipers from grinding against - and damaging - the metal of your rotors. This is not a built-in flaw, but simply a result of brakes working normally and safely.
Stop by your Porter Quick Lane for brake service if you notice any of the following:
Your tires are crucial to your car or truck's handling and safety. Regular tire rotations can help distribute wear evenly over a longer period of time, but no tire lasts forever. Stop by your Porter Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center for a new set of tires if you notice any of the following symptoms.
Replace your tires if you notice:
The best way to avoid having to jump-start a dead battery is to learn the warning signs of an aging or worn battery. Stop by your Porter Quick Lane for a battery test if you notice any of the following symptoms.
While you're there, you can get a full Vehicle Check-Up Report to help you monitor your vehicle systems. It's a great way to keep up on all your truck or car maintenance needs.
Shocks and struts help keep your tires in contact with the road and affect your vehicle handling and control. Your Porter Quick Lane can help you keep an eye on the health of your shocks or struts with a Vehicle Check-Up Report. However, if you notice any of the following while driving, it's a sign you may need steering and suspension system maintenance as soon as possible.