Recommend Inspections and Maintenance Service
Prior to 1995, most car manufacturers recommended to change the oil and filter every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Since the use of synthetic oils and flexible service scheduling that no longer holds true. Therefore your service schedule will depend more on your driving habits and the make and model of your vehicle. Please give us a call or contact us to discuss the maintenance schedule specific to your vehicle.
Given the complexity of today’s computer-controlled vehicles, Discount Tire & Service uses state-of-the-art equipment combined with old-fashioned persistence to repair your automobile properly. We subscribe to multiple online information systems for access to the latest technical service bulletins and updates that affect your vehicle. Below is a list of the types of services we provide:
Air and Fuel Filters • Air Conditioning • Alignments • Alternators • Batteries • Belts and Hoses • Brakes • Coil Springs • Cooling System • CV Boots and Joints • Driveline Service • Exhaust and Muffler Service and Maintenance • Fuel System Cleaning • Fuel/Air Induction Cleanup • Headlights and Tail Lights • Heating Service • Lube, Oil and Filter • Power Steering Flush • Radiators • RV Services • Shocks and Struts • Starters • Steering and Suspension Alignment • Tire Balancing • Tire Repair • Transmission Service • Tune-up • Wiper Blades
Air and Fuel Filters
Every time you press the gas pedal you control how much air and fuel enter the engine. The pedal tells the throttle valve how much air to let in and the computer tells the fuel system how much fuel to deliver. These calculated amounts of air and fuel are typically mixed together before being sucked into the combustion chamber of an engine cylinder. There the spark plug ignites the mixture, producing the controlled burn that powers the vehicle. The air filter helps keep debris from entering the engine and a fuel filter helps protect the fuel system. A clogged fuel or air filter can slowly restrict air or fuel flow and cause poor acceleration and reduced engine performance.
If your A/C is blowing hot air, you may only need a recharge of refrigerant. Bring your vehicle to Discount Tire and Auto Service and we will inspect your hoses, lines, seals and other components for leaks and check that your compressor is operating properly. An air conditioning belt that malfunctions can impact more than just your vehicle’s climate.
Difficult steering, tires wearing unevenly, and a decrease in fuel economy all point to bad alignment. With correct wheel alignment you’ll enjoy:
- Better tire wear
- Safer vehicle operation
- Less wear and tear on suspension
- Improved gas mileage
An alternator cycles on and off as demand goes up and down, producing electricity used to maintain battery storage charge and to help run the ignition and engine control systems and all electrical accessories. These are the warning signs that you might need a new alternator:
- Dash lights dim and brighten randomly
- Vehicle needs a jump right after you turn it off even though your battery is in good condition
- Rattling or spinning noise coming from the alternator
- Engine is stalling completely
Interstate Batteries offers over 16,000 different batteries. We proudly offer every battery for every need. Whatever your battery need, we either have it or will find it. The Interstate Battery Program offers:
- Free battery testing
- Nationwide warranty
- Up to 36 month free replacement / 85 month pro-rata warranty
- See store for complete warranty details
- Batteries for all applications
- Maintenance free products
Belts and Hoses
Let us inspect your engine drive belts today. Drive belts on many of today’s late model vehicles are vital for safe operation. Often, a single belt drives multiple engine components such as: water pump, alternator, air conditioner compressor, power steering, cooling fan and emission control pump. Drive belt failure may result in loss of electrical power (depending on the amount of charge in the vehicle’s battery), overheating, steering assist or other related driving problems
Before your brakes reach the point of failure, you can avoid extensive repair by paying attention to these warning signs:
- Brake warning light comes on while driving
- A grinding or squealing sound when you apply the brakes
- Sponginess or pulsing in the brake pedal while braking
- Your vehicle pulls to one side when braking
These are the most common signs that can suggest a potential brake system problem that should be addressed. Any other sights, sounds or sensations in the brake system that seem out of the ordinary should also be taken into consideration. Most times, brake system problems will only escalate if disregarded.
Reduced handling ability and a gradually lower ride height are symptoms of worn coil springs.
Overheating can cause severe damage to the engine and transmission and is the most common cause of mechanical breakdowns on the road. Heat from the engine can damage the components of the engine itself and warp heads, blow gaskets, and cause complete engine failure. Your cooling system should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible if your vehicle overheats. To avoid costly repair and service, have coolant replacement performed according to your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule.
CV Boots and Joints
CV (constant velocity) joints are located on the axles of your vehicle and are protected by CV boots. If your CV boot is cracked, you might as well replace your CV joint, too, because a ripped CV boot will cause your CV joint to fail.
Remove old worn out gear oil from the front and rear differential and transfer case.
Exhaust and Muffler Service and Maintenance
Your car’s exhaust system is responsible for reducing the harmful emissions and noise that your vehicle produces. Because it’s mounted on the undercarriage of your vehicle, the emission and exhaust system is subject to abuse from rough roads and potholes. To make sure your exhaust system is functioning properly, have it checked annually to ensure that it’s functioning quietly and safely. Bring your vehicle in for an inspection as soon as possible if you are experiencing colored smoke from the tailpipe, metallic vibrations, or noises like a steady roar, rattling, or hissing.
Fuel System Cleaning
Fuel/Air Induction Cleanup
Using specialized equipment our technicians will quickly and effectively clean intake manifold, ports, intake valves, and combustion chamber. Install injector cleaning additive in tank. This service will restore lost power and performance and will reduce harmful exhaust emissions.
Headlights and Taillights
Vehicle driving safety from dusk to dawn is often times determined by the condition of your vehicle’s lighting system. Working light bulbs at all four corners of your vehicle are critical. Burned out bulbs, especially headlights, brake lights, and directional lights should be replaced immediately. Inspect the condition of your vehicle lighting on a regular basis, or let Discount Tire and Auto do it for you! Although not as critical, the following bulbs should also be monitored: parking lights, reverse lights, fog lights, and license plate lights. Stay safe and let Discount Tire and Auto keep all of your lighting in working condition.
Tech Tip: Most lighting on your vehicle is set up in pairs, and if one bulb burns out, the matching bulb might not be far behind. So it’s always a good idea to replace your bulbs in pairs. It may save you time and money, as well as improve the overall safety of your vehicle.
Make sure to let your engine warm up before you expect the heater to deliver heat, especially if it’s extra cold outside. Once your engine has built up heat, the various heating components can get to work and allow the heat to be delivered to the inside of the vehicle. If you’re having difficulty getting your heater to blow hot air in the winter months, bring it in to Discount Tire and Auto for a free inspection
Lube, Oil and Filter
Experts recommend changing the oil and oil filter in your vehicle every 3 months or 3,000 miles, which ever is first. It’s an essential way to maximize engine protection. Oil changes at 7,500 miles are usually too long an interval for most common driving conditions). Your Owners Manual is the best guide to knowing how often to change your oil.
Power Steering Flush
Our technicians use a powerful cleaner to dissolve gum and varnish in your car’s power steering unit. Next, we will flush old, worn-out contaminated fluid and install fresh new fluid fortified with a special antioxidant and anti-wear ingredients to prevent expensive mechanical failure.
Discount Tire and Service can provide all your RV service and minor repair needs.
Shocks and Struts
Under normal conditions, shocks & struts wear out gradually. However, many factors can affect how much wear is actually occurring and at what rate it is occurring. The piston rod can easily be nicked or damaged by flying gravel allowing grit and dirt to damage the piston seal. When this occurs, fluid begins to leak from the piston seal and eventually the shock will lose its ability to function properly. Worn shocks and struts not only affect the ride comfort and control of your vehicle, but can affect its braking effectiveness, too.
The starter or starter solenoid may need to be replaced if the engine turns too slowly or not at all when you try to start your vehicle. Electrical parts fail most often because of time and usage, not wear and tear like mechanical parts. Some failures cannot be detected from an outside inspection when the damage is in the internal electric wiring. It’s always best to replace the starter and the solenoid at the same time because they work together.
Steering and Suspension Alignment
- Inspect steering and suspension system including tire condition and air pressure
- Put vehicle on alignment rack, mount and compensate sensors
- Print out initial alignment readings
- Adjust alignment angles to manufacturer’s specifications
- Print out final alignment readings to verify alignment is within specification
- Road test vehicle
- 6-month/6,000-mile limited warranty
Our technicians can determine whether your tires need to be balanced and rotated based on wear or mileage. Correctly balanced tires offer the following benefits:
- Smoother ride
- Increased comfort
- Less driver fatigue
- Enhanced tire wear
Your vehicle’s performance and safety are affected by any puncture or injury to a tire’s tread area, and proper repair of both the inside and outside of the tire is critical. All parts of a tire are engineered to function as a single unit, and that must be taken into consideration before any attempt at a repair is made.
Using the latest in state-of-the-art technology, we will install a safe and effective cleaner to suspend harmful varnish and sludge from the transmission valve body, torque converter and lines. Install new high-tech fluid with conditioners.
Save money on gas and keep your car performing at its best with regularly scheduled tune-ups. Our tune-up service includes inspecting and adjusting all of the systems in your vehicle that contribute to fuel combusting efficiently. If you’re experiencing any type of driveability problem with your car, truck, or SUV and if you keep track of your gas mileage and it worsens by 10% or more, it’s time for a tune-up. Check your car’s owner manual to find out the recommended interval for tune-ups and/or spark plug replacement for your specific vehicle.
When you find yourself on a dark stretch of highway in the rain or snow, your safety will absolutely depend on the condition of your wiper blades. Worn blades can crack and become brittle, which means they will ultimately prove ineffective and pose a serious safety hazard. Those streak marks on the glass are telling you it’s time to replace those old wiper blades.