Car Tips, Maintenance, Tires

How to Know When It’s Time to Get New Tires

Stack of New Tires | Portland, ME

Your tires are some of the most important components of your car, as they are the only things keeping you in contact with the road. That is why it is so important to take good care of them and replace them when they wear out. But how do you know when it is time to get new tires?

Tread Depth

One of the simplest ways to tell if your tires are too worn out is to check the tread depth. Thankfully, you don’t need an expensive tool to check your tires’ tread; all you need is a penny. Place a penny with Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow, and it is time for new tires.

Uneven wear

If your tires are out of alignment, it can cause one or more of your tires to wear out in certain spots faster than the other tires. If you notice this, you will need new tires and an alignment, so it doesn’t happen again.

Age

If you have a car that you don’t drive very much, the tread may appear to be in good condition, but then the age of the tires come into play. Over time, the rubber begins to deteriorate, so most tire manufacturers recommend replacing tires after ten years.

Whether you know you need new tires or just want a second opinion, the experienced team at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland has got you covered. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape in no time.

Car Tips, Maintenance, Oil Change

Why Getting an Oil Change is Important

Oil Change | Portland, ME

Routine maintenance items like oil changes will help ensure that your vehicle operates safely and smoothly. Here are just four benefits of taking your vehicle into Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and getting an oil change.

  1. Improves efficiency

Clean oil improves the lubrication of the engine parts, which in turn, reduces friction. Reduced friction means the engine uses less fuel. This means that you won’t have to visit the pump as often.

2. Keeps the engine clean and extends its life

Old oil usually contains a decent amount of dirt and debris, particles which can damage parts of the engine. By regularly changing the oil and filters every 3,000-5,000 miles, you’ll help protect the condition of the engine and avoid costly repairs.*

3. Reduces emissions

When the oil is old and dirty, it can cause your engine to release a surplus of emissions. New oil, by contrast, reduces emissions because it is better at absorbing debris and other particles.

4. Enhances engine performance

As mentioned above, clean oil improves the lubrication of the engine parts. This will keep the engine parts running quietly and effectively, which in turn, will result in a smoother acceleration and prompter response behind the wheel.

Contact our service department at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland to schedule an oil change for your vehicle. We’re here to make sure you enjoy your Chevy for years to come.

*Consult your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific recommended oil change schedule.

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