Auto Repair MD

Get Better Gas Mileage And Save Money

Nowadays we are trying to find as many ways to save money as possible because every time we turn around someone is trying to get into our pockets and take our money.


We all need certain things like food, water, a place to lay our heads and a place to work to pay for all of this. We also need some kind of vehicle to get us to work so we can make the money to pay for all these things. Plus we want to be able to enjoy some of the fun things in life.


If you really want to save some money, keeping your car in good running condition is a great place to start. With gas prices going up all the time and higher gas prices driving up the cost of everything else, saving money at the pump is something you can do right now to reduce your spending.


Keeping you car in good running condition is simple. Some of these items you can do yourself. Unfortunately many people won’t do them until there is a problem. The issue with waiting until there is a problem is that it will cost you more money if you wait.


The first thing you should look at is any extra items you have in your car. Clean out any unnecessary clutter. This is easy to do yourself.  Any extra weight in your car makes your car burn more gas.


I’ve seen cars come into my shop with so much junk in them that I’m surprised the car even moves. It is uncomfortable saying something to the owners of these cars but feel it is important to say something because I know that they are just wasting fuel. They are wasting their money by hauling all that extra junk around in their car.


The funny thing is that when I tell them they often say to me that they no idea they were wasting fuel and thank me for saying something.


So take out those extra tires you have been carrying around in your trunk or those golf clubs you haven’t used in three months. The lighter you keep your car the better gas mileage you will get. The better gas mileage you get the more money you will save.


Also something you can do once a month that is very important and will help you save money at the pumps is to check your tire pressure. Make sure you have the proper air pressure in your tires. Your owners manual will tell you how much air pressure you should keep in the front and rear tires.


Buy yourself an air pressure gauge at your local auto store. Keep it in your car so you will always have it with you. Get into the habit of checking your tire pressure and it will save you money. It will also reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle.  


When you go to get your regular oil changed make sure you get your air filter checked also. If it needs to be replaced, replace it. Your car, like humans, needs to breathe air. The difference is that when your car does not get enough air to breath it will suck up fuel like a camel sucks up water.       


Also have your mechanic check your fuel filter. When the fuel filter gets dirty your car will have to work harder to get fuel. That means your vehicle will burn up more fuel and cost you money at the gas station.


Once every three to four months you should use a fuel system cleaner to help keep your fuel system clean. Ask your mechanic what type to use for your car or truck.


People always ask me about when they should change their spark plugs and wires. The timing of changing spark plugs depends on what kind of plugs are in your car. If you have platinum plugs they might get 100,000 miles. If you don’t have platinum plugs you may want to have them changed every 30,000 to 40,000 miles.


Your spark plug wires should be looked at every time you get your oil changed. Wires do last a long time. But if you get them checked regularly you won’t have to worry about them letting you down at the wrong time.  


These are just a few things you can do to help you save money at the gas pumps and reduce costly repairs later. Nobody likes to get their car or truck worked on but it is necessary to keep them running in tip-top shape.


If you have any other questions stop in to Forest Hill Car Care and say hay. We will answer any questions that you have about your vehicle and car repairs.

Winter Readiness For Maryland Cars

Winter Readiness For Maryland Cars

Your Maryland auto repair shop can help get you ready for the cold and wintry weather. While it has been a mild start to winter here in Maryland the temperatures are once again dropping. This makes it a good time to think again about whether your vehicle is ready.

Not only can some preventative car maintenance save you money but it can also reduce your stress.

One item to consider is the battery in your car. When the temperature drops your car battery must work harder to start your vehicle. Also the cold can reduce the charge on your car battery. If you don’t know when you last replaced your battery now is the time to check. Open the hood of your car and look at your battery. It should have a sticker with the date right on the battery.

Having a dead battery in your car won’t damage your vehicle. However, jumping your car to get it started can be dangerous. It also seems that a dead battery happens at the worst possible time. It usually happens on some frigid cold day when you are in a hurry to get the kids to school and yourself to work. These are the same days that the auto road services take longer to respond because there will be a lot of people with similar issues on a very cold day. Being late for work is not good and a dead battery is preventable if you take the time to replace your battery if it is getting old.

If you have not had the antifreeze checked in your car then make sure you get this done. Without the right levels of antifreeze some fluids in your vehicle can freeze and cause major damage to your vehicle. This damage is expensive to repair and may not even be repairable. Your auto repair shop can check the antifreeze to let you know if it is low or the solution is not sufficient for the upcoming cold temperatures.

Next to consider are your tires. If the cold weather brings precipitation you will want tires that can handle the conditions. Tires that are wearing unevenly, are low on tread or are not the right tread can create dangerous situations when driving. As if winter driving was not dangerous enough already. Visit your auto repair shop and have them check your tires to make sure you are ready for winter precipitation.

In Maryland winter precipitation means roads that have been treated with salt. Check the fluid in your windshield washer. When you have to drive in these conditions it is important to be able to effectively clear the salt residue from your windshield. Salt on your windshield can make it difficult to see clearly and create a dangerous driving situation. Having a full reservoir of windshield washer fluid will make sure you can keep the window clear and be able to safely see out when driving.

After a storm check the windshield washer fluid again. You can use up a lot of fluid in a short time when cleaning salt off of your windshield.

During the winter weather the oil in your car will get thicker from the cold temperatures. Be sure to let your car warm up a little longer on cold mornings so that your oil is at a consistency that can properly lubricate your engine. This will reduce wear and tear on your engine and help you to prevent other car repairs.

A trip to your local service shop can check these and other items on your vehicle to make sure you are ready for what winter sends our way. At Forest Hill Car Care you’ll receive personal and helpful service when you need auto repair service. If you live in Forest Hill, Bel Air, Fallston or the surrounding area inHarford County,Marylandthen please give us a call for your car repair and car maintenance needs.

Mechanic Forest Hill Provides Ball Joint Repair Service

Mechanic Forest Hill Provides Ball Joint Repair Service

Mechanic Forest Hill Provides Ball Joint Repair Service. If the wheels on your car seem like they are shaking while driving you may need to have the ball joints replaced. If your car is out of alignment you should have your ball joints checked. Choosing a mechanic in Forest Hill can be tough. See what our customers have to say about Forest Hill Car Care. Then you can feel confident when you choose us for your ball joint repair.

Tune Up Harford County MD

Tune Up Harford County MD

Tune Up Harford County MD. If you need a tune up in Harford County check out Forest Hill Car Care. They can get your car tuned up and running great. It can be hard to know what mechanic to trust with your automotive maintenance needs. Check out real customer reviews and you’ll see why you can feel confident when you get your next tune up at Forest Hill Car Care in Harford County.

Brakes Bel Air – Auto Mechanic Bel Air Repairs Brakes

Brakes Bel Air – Auto Mechanic Bel Air Repairs Brakes

At Forest Hill Car Care the auto mechanic inspects the brakes on this vehicle. Properly working brakes on your automobile are important for your safety, your family’s safety and the safety of other drivers. Don’t take a chance – if you feel anything different, feel any kind of pull, or hear any noise when you press the brake pedal bring your car in today for a free brake check.

Oil Change Md. by Forest Hill Car Care

Oil Change MD by Forest Hill Car Care

Oil Change service in Forest Hill MD. Providing complete car care by certified and trained mechanics. Serving Forest Hill, Bel Air, Fallston and Harford County, Maryland. Visit us today.

Forest Hill Car Care
2403 Rocks Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050

Auto Mechanic Bel Air Maryland

Auto Mechanic Bel Air Maryland

Auto mechanic Maryland. Forest Hill Car Care is owned by Bob Hines and Dave Quante. With over 80 yrs combined experience as auto mechanics you can feel confident taking your car to them for service. If you are looking for an auto mechanic serving Bel Air Maryland check out Bob and Dave.

Forest Hill Car Care Power Steering Pump

Forest Hill Car Care Power Steering Pump

Forest Hill Car Care is working on a power steering pump. Customer said they had a very hard time trying to steer… Mechanic found 2 pin holes in the power steering lines… replace the lines, add fluid, test drive, good as new …