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Car Care Tips

Here, at McKenna & O'Keefe Auto Body & Auto Repair, we know that it takes care and attention to keep your vehicle running at its best. Part of that is understanding what proper car care entails. We want you to understand why and how your tires wear, making the most of your gas mileage, when your oil needs changing, 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 Lowell, Tewksbury, North Chelmsford, Highlands, Tyngsborough, Chelmsford, and Dracut, MA. We understand how important your vehicle is and why your car needs to be serviced by a trusted Lowell, Massachusetts auto repair shop.

As a leading tire dealer and auto repair shop, we service all makes and models. We can help you care for your vehicle so that it runs at its best. So give us a call at (978) 458-0931 today to schedule your next maintenance appointment. Our friendly team is happy to serve your automotive needs at our repair and tire shop in Lowell!

Car Maintenance and Care

  • Change your fluids on time, every time.
  • Change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular, 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 again 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 to 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.
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McKenna & O'Keefe Auto Body & Auto Repair

Need auto service in Dracut? Auto repair near Chelmsford? A garage in Lowell you can trust? McKenna & O'Keefe Auto Body & Auto Repair, located in Lowell, MA, has been a leader in offering name brand tires, wheels, auto repair and brake services for over 30 years. We proudly serve customers located in and around Lowell MA, Dracut MA, and Chelmsford MA. The foundation of our auto business rests on customer service. McKenna & O'Keefe Auto Body & Auto Repair employs a professional team of mechanics that specialize in tires, tire services, and auto services ranging from extensive repairs to preventative maintenance. Custom wheels are also available. Complete under-car services, such as oil changes, brakes, shocks, struts, alignment, and transmission fluid flush are available at competitive prices. Call us today to schedule your next service!

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Lowell, MA 01852

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