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Rotated, properly inflated tires give you a smooth, safe and less costly ride!

Maintaining proper air pressure in your tires protects against tire wear, gives you the best ride and allows you to handle your car safely. You should check your tires’ air pressure when the tires are cool. Most tires require air pressure of between 32-44 PSI (pounds per square inch). Tires should generally be filled according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Both over inflation and under inflation cause excessive tire wear.

Tires are costly, so you will want to get maximum wear out of them. Having your tires rotated regularly will give you a smoother ride and will extend the life of your tires by making sure they wear evenly. Whether you have radial or non-radial tires will determine the type of rotation required.

Convenience is the reason you should have your tires rotated at your AOCA member fast lube. When having your oil changes, simply ask if its time for a tire rotation. Tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles or as specified in your owner’s manual. Why make a trip to the tire store? Let your AOCA member lube professional take care of your engine and your tires.

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Have you ever had a product that you believed was covered under a warranty?

But when you needed the product repaired the warranty was not honored? This is frustrating, to say the least. Your car is one of the most expensive investments you make, and you don’t want to get caught in a warranty predicament.

Keeping your car properly maintained during the first year is an important part of protecting your warranty. Your owner’s manual tells you what is required. It is not necessary to have your car dealership perform services to meet warranty requirements. Be sure to always save maintenance receipts. Your AOCA member lube center can help. They will:

  • Keep your oil and filter changes current.
  • Perform fluid maintenance as outlined in your owner’s manual.
  • Keep you informed about what needs to be done when.


Sometimes consumers think they must replace filters with the dealer brand in order to keep their warranty. This is not true. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a federal law, states that a manufacturer may not require the use of any brand of filter or other article unless the manufacturer provides the item free of charge under the terms of the warranty.

Your AOCA member lube center is happy to answer questions regarding your warranty requirements.

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Your car may be clean on the outside, but is it clean on the inside?

The life expectancy of your car depends on your answer: Motor oil gets contaminated by substances like dust, metallic shavings, and even antifreeze. And did you know that the additive package, which is part of your fully formulated motor oil, will break down in time and become a contaminant too?

As contaminants are whipped into the oil, sludge is formed. This sludge will stick to parts of the engine causing the engine to perform less efficiently. Eventually, this sludge can cause engine failure.

Neglecting oil changes is hazardous to your engine’s health, especially if you drive under severe driving conditions, which most people do. Severe conditions include making short trips, driving in stop-and-go traffic, extended idling, driving in dust or dirty air, towing trailers and cold weather driving.

Changing your oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first, is generally recommended. However, you should follow the recommendations in your owner’s manual. Even a car that is not running will get oil contamination as a result of accumulated moisture. If the car isn’t run long enough to get rid of the moisture, it becomes damaging.

Your AOCA member lube professional can help you determine the best oil change schedule for your care and your driving conditions.

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