A chipped or cracked windscreen won’t stop your car from moving. But, that chip or crack could spread, weakening the windshield and reducing visibility.
If you notice a scrape on your windshield, the sooner you call for help, the better. In some cases, experts can repair a chip or crack without replacing the entire windshield. And the price difference between a repair and a full replacement is significant.
A windscreen wards off debris and gives you a clear view of the road, protecting you and your passenger. But also, some states consider driving with a cracked windshield illegal. So, get yours fixed ASAP to protect yourself from traffic tickets, too!
Spark Plug Replacement
Your car’s spark plugs are small but mighty. The jolt of electricity they generate gives your vehicle the power to start!
Dysfunctional spark plugs can damage your car’s catalytic converter — a relatively expensive part. Get your spark plugs replaced at manufacturer-recommended intervals, before signs of spark plug problems arise.
Besides damaging the catalytic converter, a misfiring spark plug could decrease fuel efficiency by up to 30%, reports the National Institute for Automotive Excellence. Down the road, that could mean spending more on fuel than you would on spark plug replacements.
Compromised fuel mileage or a faulty catalytic converter could turn into significant expenses. But, with routine, manufacturer-recommended spark plug replacements, you can help prevent those issues.
Best solution: Bring your car to Highway Auto Care Rockhampton for a Complete Vehicle Inspection. Our expert auto techs will check out your spark plugs and let you know if it’s time to replace them.
Balancing, Alignment, and Rotation
Proper tyre balancing, wheel alignment, and tyre rotation are critical to a smooth ride. Although these services sound similar, they actually have different meanings and functions.
Tyre balancing is necessary when tyre tread wear causes disparities in a tyre’s weight. If your car’s steering wheel shakes or vibrates, you might be due for tyre balancing. When performing such service, a tech will check the distribution of weight in each tire. If he or she finds weight disparities, the tech will counter them by adding small weights to the sidewall.
During a wheel alignment, a technician adjusts the angles at which your tyres come into contact with the road. This ensures all tyres make even contact with the road. When your wheels are aligned, your car handles better.
Then there’s tyre rotation. Tyre rotation helps prevent uneven tread wear. It’s a simple but smart service that involves moving your tyres to other wheels. Regular tyre rotations extend the life of your tyres and help support fuel efficiency. If you neglect tyre rotations as recommended by the car’s manufacturer, you increase your risk of experiencing a blowout.
Vehicle manufacturers generally recommend having your tyres rotated and balanced every 15,000 km. Double-check your owner’s manual for exact guidelines.
Together, tyre balancing, wheel alignment, and rotation work together to improve tyre lifespan, prevent suspension damage, and boost fuel economy. Put these services off and you could find yourself buying new tyres and investing in your suspension and steering system far sooner than you expected.
Best solution: Stop for a Complete Vehicle Inspection. An inspection includes a full alignment, tyre, and suspension system check.