4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

May 14th, 2015

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We’ll get a look at the wipers for dry rot, chunks or nicks gone from the rubber, splits and other damage and will replace if necessary so your Mom won’t have to deal with spring showers by looking through a streaky, smeared windshield. 
 
3. Tire Rotation - Tire rotations are another easy and cheap way to get the most out of your investment. Regular tire rotations help ensure even wear on all four 
tires, enhance ride, handling and drivability qualities and extend the service life of tires by thousands of miles. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles or so. You might consider including a tire rotation along with an oil change.  Mom will appreciate it! 
 
4. Wheel Alignment - A harsh winter means potholes in many parts of the country, and hard hits on potholes mean a front end that’s soon jolted out of spec. A front end that’s knocked out of alignment will not only affect drivability and handling, it will also wear tires prematurely by “scrubbing” tread unevenly. That’s not to mention fuel economy -- a tire that’s trying to pull or push the car in a different direction is a drag on the vehicle’s forward motion. Let us put Mom’s car up on the alignment rack and get a look at the crucial alignment angles. 
 
There are plenty of ways to show Mom how much you love and appreciate her. So why not take this opportunity to make Mom’s drive a little safer and more trouble-free? 
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