Cockeysville

10026 York Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030 410-656-8787

Frederick - 355

5616 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704 301-663-4456

Frederick - Rt 40

1427 W. Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21702240-439-6910

Ellicott City

8594 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043410-401-4040

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Hi Lo Auto Sales - Frederick Selling Used Cars in Frederick, MD.

July 7, 2020

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

There are many ways to extend your vehicle's life, but you cannot ignore the importance of tire maintenance. Here are four ways to maintain your tires and the performance of your vehicle. 

Check Tire Pressure Monthly

Under-inflated tires cause accidents. Did you know that your tires can lose up to one pound of pressure a month? If you live in a cold climate, the rate of deflation increases. Purchase an inexpensive tire pressure gauge and mark your calendar to check your tires monthly.

What's the best PSI for your vehicle? Often, you can find a sticker on the door frame of your car. Open the driver's door and look for the label. Or ask the service tech the next time you get your oil changed.

Rotate Your Tires

Get the maximum life from your tires by rotating them every 6K-8K miles. If you have switched to synthetic oil (which we suggest changing synthetic oil every 6K-8K miles), ask to have your tires rotated each time you change the oil.

Many shops will rotate your tires for free or for a minimal cost while purchasing an oil-change package. Yes, it takes a few extra minutes to rotate your tires, and there may be a fee, but the benefit far outweighs the negatives.

Rotating tires extend their life, and it ensures even wear. It is just one tip to provide a safe ride.  

If you are going on a long road trip, be sure to change the oil and rotate the tires before embarking on your journey.

Inspect Your Tires

When you purchase a tire pressure gauge, also buy a tire tread gauge. Inspect your tires often for tread wear. Many tires have a wear-bar that will give a clear indication that it is time to purchase new tires.

While inspecting your tires, also check for bulges and cracks. Look for glass, nails, and stones that may have punctured your tire.

Never Install Mismatched Tires

We will end on the top tip for maintaining your vehicle and preserving the life of your tires.  Many of us have made this mistake…many of us have purchased just one tire as a replacement. 

Replacing just one tire causes unusual wear across all tires and degrades the handling of your vehicle. Frankly, it can cause an accident.

Buy at least two tires and have those placed on the rear of your vehicle. If you drive an All-Wheel Drive vehicle, purchase four new tires. 

Maintain Your Vehicle

As you strive to maintain your vehicle, you cannot ignore the importance of tire maintenance, especially for a used car. Tire maintenance is key to a safe trip for you, your family, and your friends. Mark your calendar and check your tires!


 

June 26th 2020

Why Use Synthetic Oil for Your Used Car

After purchasing a used car, take three steps to prolong the life of your new transportation.  Here are the three steps that we suggest:

  1. Change the oil to synthetic.
  2. Begin an exterior and interior cleaning regimen.
  3. Rotate and maintain the tires.

Synthetic oil costs 2X to 4X more than regular oil, so, why is it essential to change the oil to synthetic? Due to the increase in price, you may need to be convinced. Answer the below questions.

  1. How far do you drive each day?
  2. Is your car a commuter car or for errands around town?
  3. How old is the vehicle?
  4. What's the weather like in your region?
  5. Are you impacted by cold winters and hot summers, or is it moderate year-round?

The Positives of Synthetic Oil

Here are some properties of synthetic oil that may convince you to make the change. We feel that the positives outweigh the increase in cost.

Synthetic oil resists breakdown. It withstands higher temperatures and also flows in cold temperatures. If you live in a region with extreme temperature swings, you want to consider using synthetic oil in your vehicle.

On average, how many miles a day do you drive? If you only take quick trips around town, regular oil does not have time to heat up and burn off impurities. Over time, an impurity build-up will equal gunk. 

It's a known fact that older engines can get sludge build-up. You can protect your engine's lifespan with synthetic oil. Synthetic oil does not build up and create sludge over time.

How Often Do I Change Synthetic Oil?

Another positive of synthetic oil is that your vehicle can go up to 7,500 miles between oil changes.  Compare this to regular oil with a change every 3-5,000 miles, you can see savings over your vehicle's life.  

Synthetic oil is the foundation. To build a maintenance plan for your vehicle, remember to track your mileage and keep a log. In addition to oil, you will also want to maintain both your oil and air filters and other automobile fluids. 

Follow our weekly blogs for news, tips, and ways to keep your automobile rolling down the road. 

June 19th 2020