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(319) 478-8022 | 1788 Hwy 63, Traer, IA 50675 | Hours: Mon-Fri:7-5, Sat:7-12
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Car Care Tips

Here, at Wendt Tire and Service, we want our customers to be in the know about how to properly care for their car or truck. We want you to understand why and how your tires wear; how to get the best gas mileage; and overall how to get the most out of your tires. Hopefully, with these helpful tips you will be able to improve gas mileage and reduce tire wear when driving in and around Traer, IA and Toledo, IA. We understand how important your vehicle is and why your car needs to be serviced by a Traer, Iowa auto repair shop. So give us a call at (319) 478-8022 today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

Car Maintenance and Care

  • Change your fluids on time, every time.
  • Change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular oil, 5,000 miles for synthetic oil.
  • Change antifreeze fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Change brake fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Change transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Schedule a maintenance check every 15, 30, 60, and 90,000 miles.
  • Replace your air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first).
  • Replace your fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Tire Maintenance and Care

  • Rotate your tires every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.
  • Check your tire pressures approximately once a week. Low tire pressures can affect fuel economy, handling and comfort. To accurately measure your tire pressure, check tires when they are cold. Wait at least three hours after driving.
  • Always make sure that your wheels are properly aligned. Badly aligned wheels will lead to dragging of the car on the road.
  • Check your spare tire each month and keep it properly inflated so it¹s ready to go when you need it most.
  • Use the penny trick to determine if the tread on your tires is worn too low. Take a penny and put Abraham Lincoln's head into one of the grooves of the tread. If part of his head is covered by the tread, you're ok. If you can see all of his head, it's time to replace the tire. When the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch, tires must be replaced.

Gas Mileage Tips

  • Check and/or change your air filter every 6 months to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.
  • Don't top off. Don't bother topping off when filling your car's gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out.
  • Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car's gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year.
  • Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also evaporates fuel from your gas tank.
  • Use the right oil. You can improve your car's gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil.

And most important of all……

  • Always check for potential problems before they happen.
About Wendt Tire and Service

Wendt Tire and Service is an active member of the Traer community, often involved with supporting our area's local sports teams and participating as a proud member of our Chamber of Commerce. As the leading tire and auto repair shop in Traer, Wendt Tire and Service delivers automotive repairs, service, rims, and tires for your car, truck or SUV with a promise of quality. With decades of experience in the automotive industry, we focus on delivering great service when you need tires, wheels or auto repair in Traer IA, Gladbrook IA, or Toledo IA. See us for oil changes, brake repairs, new tires from top brands like Cooper and Goodyear, wheels, alignments, and other automotive services. We proudly serve the greater Traer, IA region and we welcome customers from Gladbrook, Toledo, and other surrounding areas. 

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1788 Hwy 63
Traer, IA 50675
Phone: (319) 478-8022
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