Welcome to our Auto Repair and Towing Blog.
Here are a few tips that will help keep your repair costs down to a manageable level.
Keep an Eye on the Maintenance Intervals
Don’t overdue the maintenance suggested by the manufacturer. Much has changed in how trucks are maintained and when they need service. It used to be that we needed to change the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Nowadays it’s about 10,000 miles with synthetic oil. A transmission flush can be done about every 5 years and the brake lines can be flushed about the same. You should flush your radiator at about 60,000 or 5 years, too. Newer trucks these days require less maintenance than they use to. Of course, you have to have a computer science degree and a $10,000 piece of diagnostic equipment to do it yourself, so you gotta take it to the shop. Just less often. And, they seem to be as dependable as ever. No towing service needed. That buddy of mine that’s been Towing Mesa folks around for 20 years tells me all the time that he sees 10 cars for every 1 pickup truck. They are just so dang dependable. RAM, Chevy, Ford, Toyota, and even Nissan. These trucks are tough.
Replace The Air Filter
Change your air filters. The cabin air filter will save you money for miles and for years if you keep it clean. New ones can be washed and re-used for up to 100,000 miles or more. Look for a K&N filter. They seem to be most popular.
Keep and Eye on the Tire Pressure
Checking your tire pressure really is a big deal. The right pressure can help them last longer and perform better. Low tire pressure wastes gas and causes tires to wear down faster. And, of course, check the tread to ensure they are wearing evenly. If not, check the alignment or the suspension and get it fixed before you end up buying another set of tires. That’s easily $1500 for a set of truck tires, when you could have paid $150 for an alignment.
Look Into Putting a Nan0-Glass Ceramic Coating on your Truck
A nano-glass ceramic coating is a paint coating that will create a hard, clear surface that is resistant to damage from harmful UV rays and can also protect the paint from scratches. You can put this on yourself with a cloth. Duragloss seems to be the preferred option here.
Taking a little time can really pay dividends on the life of your truck.