Summer is Here, Are You and Your Car Ready?

May 23rd, 2017

Everyone looks forward to the beginning of summer; the warm weather, evening barbecues and frequent outdoor activities promise to put the doldrums of winter behind us for months on end.  But some of the best things about summer, hot days and loads of sunshine, can create some of the worst conditions for your car.  Make sure to take the following precautions to help your car cope with the inevitable heat of summer.Summer Maintenance

  1. Check Your Coolant – Most people are so used to calling the stuff in their radiator, “anti-freeze,” that they may not even know that it also anti-boil.  The boiling point of antifreeze, sometimes called coolant, is higher than water’s boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  If your coolant boils it turns ...[more]
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How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

May 31st, 2016
Oil Changes in St. Lucie, FLFor years, drivers were told to change motor oil every 3,000 miles. Advances in motor oil and vehicle design enable drivers to go much longer between oil changes without causing harm to a car’s engine. Today’s automakers now recommend oil change intervals of 5,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles (always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommended intervals). Even at that, though, there can be exceptions. Conditions like the following can all put a real stress on motor oil: 
  • Extreme cold weather
  • Extreme hot weather
  • Extreme humidity
  • Lots of stop-and-start city driving
Severe duty such as towing or hauling heavy loads with a tru ...[more]
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Synthetic Motor Oil – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

July 16th, 2015
Oil Change West Palm Beach, FLIn the last ten or so years, almost all automakers have recommended synthetic motor oil for their vehicles. At St. Lucie Battery & Tire in West Palm Beach, FL, we do oil changes with synthetic or conventional oil, and occasionally have motorists ask us if synthetic motor oil is really worth it. The answer:
 
An unequivocal yes. 
 
Synthetic motor oil is more chemically stable and uniform at the molecular level. That means it retains its viscosity better across a wide range of temperatures, enhancing its lubricating properties. It’s much less prone to degradation from carbon and other contaminants and won’t break down as quickly in high heat conditions. 
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Driver Benefits of Oil Changes

November 18th, 2014

oil change okeechobee fl vero beach flPrepare for impending seasonal weather with St. Lucie Battery and Tire in the Okeechobee, FL and Vero Beach, FL areas at two convenient locations for prompt auto repair! Knowledgeable technicians of St. Lucie Battery and Tire are thrilled to assist customers improve vehicle operations and safety for potentially hazardous driving conditions this winter. Begin seasonal preparations with routine auto repair, including one maintenance trick with hidden benefits many motorists might not realize: oil changes. Consider these unquestionable advantages when making arrangements for winter weather and dangerous travel circumstances.

Reduce Build-Up: Used oil gradually builds up certain amounts of dirt and debr ...[more]

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Vacation Auto Repair Tips

June 17th, 2014

auto repair suart fkby: Hank Smith

 

Whether you are traveling across the states or simply running errands around town this summer, it is important to keep auto repair a top priority. Vehicles are easily strained by the summer heat and can quickly fall into disrepair without the correct maintenance and auto repair. Consult St. Lucie Battery and Tire in Stuart, FL to ensure your vehicle is ready to travel these long summer days. Begin with one of the most important safety features to any vehicle - the tires. Keeping well-maintained auto repair and tires will be a combination to keep yo ...[more]

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