Auto Repair and Maintenance Tips

Caring for your Car in the Spring

Now that spring is right around the corner, you need to start transitioning to a different approach to car care. With the spring comes rising temperatures and pollen, which means you need to change your car care strategies to adapt to the warm weather. Here are a few tips that will help you care for your car in the spring. Cold Weather and Your Vehicle's Performance As you may know from experience, ice, snow, salt, and cold temperatures can damage your car significantly during the winter. Car batteries are more prone to dying in the winter and fluids like oil, brake and transmission fluids, and power steering fluids tend to thicken in low temperatures. Cold air can make the air pressure in your tires drop significantly. [...]

Effects of Different Grades of Fuel on Your Engine

Everyone sees the typical three fuel options at the gas station, but which one is the best for your vehicle? Next time you choose unleaded, plus, or premium, you may want to read further information. Types of fuel are grouped by their octane level. Premium fuel has higher octane points while unleaded has less. A regular octane level is usually around 87, mid-grade 89, and premium 91-93. Usually a higher-octane level fuel performs more efficiently. However, most people choose the lowest octane level fuel available because it is the cheapest option. Which fuel is the best for you? What is the Best Fuel Grade for my Car? 1. Unleaded or Regular Fuel Unleaded or regular gas is usually 15-20 cents cheaper a gallon than premium [...]

Caring for your Car Battery before Cold Weather Hits

This year is passing by quickly, and the cold weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to check your car battery to be sure that it is ready for the cold temperatures because the winter season is the most likely time for a car or truck battery to die. Contrary to what most believe, cold weather is not the culprit that kills car batteries. Summer's excessive heat is harsher on car batteries than cold weather, though freezing temperatures can certainly contribute to shortening your battery's life. Oftentimes, waiting until the deep freeze of winter to replace your battery is too late. Cold weather could pretty much make that heat worn battery "dead on arrival." How Long Do Car Batteries Last? Typically, new [...]

Synthetic Oil vs. Traditional Oil: Four Main Differences

Oil is one of the most important components of your vehicle. You should check your vehicle’s oil level periodically (at least once a month), topping it off if it needs it. Most mechanics recommend you get your oil and oil filter changed every three-five thousand miles. This will be easy to reach if you commute from Cumming to Atlanta every day for work. If your vehicle is not using quality oil, it could be detrimental to your engine and cost you lots of money to repair. But, how do you know what type of oil is best for your car, SUV, or truck? Here are four main differences between synthetic oil and traditional oil. Differences in Synthetic & Traditional Oil 1. Synthetic oil is refined, [...]

Why You Let Your Car Engine Warm Up Before Driving

Taking proper care of your car can be difficult at times. Living in Atlanta, there are always things to do: long drives to work, taking the kids to ball practice, family gatherings, and more. Ensuring you receive oil changes, tire rotations, and other preventive maintenance can be hard to fit into your schedule. However, fitting these activities into your routine every few months will protect the life of your vehicle, keeping you and your loved ones safe on the road. One way to keep your car running smoothly during an Atlanta winter is to let your engine warm up before driving. How To Properly Let Your Engine Warm Up There are many myths on how to warm up your car and whether warming up your [...]

Maintenance To-Do’s For High Mileage Vehicles

American drivers today are hitting the roads more than ever, and keeping your vehicle around as long as possible is a priority many of us share. However, as time passes and the miles add up, keeping your car in good shape becomes increasingly difficult, though there are still some tips you can follow to provide solid maintenance for high mileage vehicles. The Poston Motor Company in Cumming, Georgia has years of professional experience getting vehicles off the line and on the road, and we would be happy to share our know-how with you. The following are just five simple To-Do tips to keep in mind when maintaining high mileage vehicles. #1 Oil Change You need to get an oil change every three months or after [...]