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Other Auto Services That Xpress Xcels At

Maybe your vehicle needs something besides an oil change. No worries. Standing by are a host of other convenient auto services offered by Xpress Oil Change Plus including front end alignment, air conditioning repair, tire care, new tires, brake maintenance, battery replacement, state inspections, and so much more.

Alignment – Front & Centered

Proper alignment of your vehicle’s front end is a simple, inexpensive part of regular maintenance. But it’s surprising how often car owners let it go for too long. Once you realize how much it affects driving safety, tire durability, and fuel efficiency, you’ll make sure it’s never neglected again.

When your car was brand new, its front end came with specific angles preset by the manufacturer which positioned your tires correctly. With precise wheel alignment, your car steers straight and handles smoothly. Your tires wear evenly and last longer. Your fuel use is reduced because your car uses less energy.

Even slight misalignment can create problems—expensive ones like replacing tires sooner than necessary.

Your car needs its front end aligned if:

It veers to the right when you let go of the steering wheel
You travel over roads with ruts and pot holes regularly
You “curb surf” which means you sometimes hit curbs
Its alignment hasn’t been checked in 6,000 miles

More and more of today’s vehicles are equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and traction control. Manufacturers may require these systems to be electronically reset after a front end alignment. That’s why it’s smart to let Xpress Oil Change Plus keep you aligned just right.

Get A Grip On Tire Care

A sturdy, dependable set of new tires makes getting on the road feel safer. It also makes your wallet feel lighter. To protect your investment, we’ve made a list of tire care recommendations. After reading them, you’ll notice one thing. We can help you with all of them.

Regular Tire Pressure Checks

Maintaining proper air pressure in your tires is the single easiest thing you can do to help them last longer. The manufacturer’s recommended for your vehicle can be found in your owner’s manual and often appears on a sticker in the door jamb. Keep a tire pressure gauge handy in your console or glovebox so while your car is filling with gas, you can go around a do a quick pressure check. Average tire pressure is typically between 30 and 35psi.

Annual Wheel Alignment

If your car’s wheel alignment is off, the result will be excessive and unnecessary tire wear. Road conditions like potholes, speed bumps, uneven pavement, and even bumping a curb can jolt your alignment off its true setting. Count on Xpress Oil Change Plus to make sure it’s adjusted and back to specifications at least once a year — more often if you travel rough roads.

Regular Inspections

Even if you don’t suspect any problems, it’s always a good idea to get your car up on a rack and get your tires examined on all sides (especially before a trip). A hidden nail may be about to cause trouble down the road.

Regular Tire Rotations

To make sure tires experience evenly distributed wear, follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for a rotation schedule. For most tires, it’s about 6,000 miles. The rotation pattern depends on a number of factors including tire pattern, size of spare tire, and whether your car is a four-wheel drive or not.

Choosing New Tires – Tread Carefully

If you’re like most people, you’ll postpone the purchase of new tires as long as you possibly can. Besides the expense, there’s the amount of time it takes to get them installed properly. And don’t forget there’s the challenge of choosing the right tires for your car and the conditions you drive.

How many tire manufacturers sell in the U.S.? Twenty-five, each company with dozens of choices.

How many types of tires are there? Plenty:

Performance all-season
Ultra-high performance
Ultra-high performance summer tires
All-season truck tires
All-terrain truck tires

A variety of winter/snow tires also exist but unless you’re bringing us a vehicle driven in Colorado during snow season, we won’t bore you with the details.

You’ve probably heard of the coin test for checking how much tread you have remaining on your tires. Just insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down facing you on each of your tires. If Lincoln’s whole head is visible it means less than 2/32 of an inch is all the tread you’ve got. It’s time for a new set. You can also use a quarter and Washington’s head as a reference point.

Unless you want to spend a lot time turning yourself into a rubber researcher, we suggest letting our tire experts solve this problem for you. Besides our huge in-stock inventory, we’ll take less time to get your new tires installed and we’ll save you more money!

Braking Bad? Stop It Now

There are two types of brake problems. Noisy ones and scary ones. Fortunately, if you pay attention to the noisy variety, chances are you’re far less likely to experience the scary type.

Your car’s braking system contains many components, all of which are supposed to perform as a team, consistently and instantly. Calipers, pads, drums, shoes, master cylinder, and other parts need to be checked to make sure they’re ready to go—and stop.

Brake pads and shoes should be inspected and replaced if worn. Brake fluid needs to be changed every 48,000 miles or every four years. And if any of the issues listed below happen while you’re driving, get your ride into Xpress Oil Change Plus as soon as possible.

You should have your brakes checked if:

Noises like grinding, clicking, squealing when applying the brake
Car “grabs” or jerks to one side
ABS (antilock brake system) light comes on
While accelerating, you notice the feeling of “drag”

Batteries – Take Charge Now

We’ve all been there. You try to start your car but nothing happens. The dead silence is a dead giveaway you’ve got battery trouble. But let’s be honest. Your battery may have been sending you signals about its impending failure. Did your battery exhibit any of the following symptoms leading up to the “Oh no!” moment?

Slow to crank, taking longer to get started
Low fluid level, especially below the interior plates
Swollen, puffy looking case (usually caused by high temperatures)
Corrosion around the cable connection posts
Sulfer (rotten egg) odor
Appearance of check engine or other system warning lights

The age of your battery is also an indicator of its dependability. Battery lifespans can vary from three-to-five years.

Two other factors influence your battery’s reliability. First, if you drive a lot of short trips (under 25 minutes), your battery won’t have time to charge up sufficiently which lessens its life. Second, where you live does, too. Scorching summers like ours here in Central Texas drain the life out of car batteries.

But if you think you’re out of the woods once cooler weather arrives, think again. A battery worn out by a long hot summer may decide to fail on the first chilly winter morning.

Let Xpress Oil Change Plus can keep track of your battery’s maintenance and help put the chance of a dead battery in your rear view mirror.

One last tip? Unplug the power adapters and make sure all the exterior and interior lights are turned off when you’re turning off your car for the night. These power leaks can cause a battery to go dead even if it’s brand new.

States Inspections

The purpose of the State of Texas vehicle inspection isn’t to startle you if you notice your sticker has expired. It’s to help make all vehicles on Texas roads perform as safely as possible. In case you’ve ever wondered exactly what we’re “inspecting”, here’s the list:

Exhaust system
Foot brakes
Gas caps
Parking brakes
Rear-view mirrors
Seat belts
Steering mechanism
Stop lights
Tires for tread depth & damage
Turn signals
Warning lights
Wheel assembly
Windshield wipers
Window tinting or coating

Once your ride passes inspection, we automatically notify the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles so your vehicle’s registration renewal is good to go. We’ll give you paperwork that shows you’ve passed. Carry it in the car with you until you receive the sticker from the TDMV to display on your windshield.

Heads up to new-to-Texas folks! You have 30 days after arrival to get your vehicle inspected and registered. Xpress Oil Change Plus is happy to help your car, truck or SUV get offically settled in.

Assorted Extras

One car is composed of about 30,000 parts. That’s why our skills and expertise go bumper-to-bumper. From “it’s making a funny noise” to “my child dropped a toy dinosaur inside the gear shifter”, we’re happy to figure out how to fix it. Quickly and as inexpensively as possible.

Have a Different Auto Problem?

Contact us if you have an issue with your vehicle that we have not covered. If it’s too big for Xpress, we have a full service shop right next door at Don Hewlett.

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