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If your car won't start it could be a dead battery. The auto part professionals at McCarley Transmission Service Inc. can test your battery and install a new one if needed.

Battery Testing
Battery testing is the process of examining an automotive battery to gather useful information about individual cells and the battery. Although battery testing is fairly simple and straightforward (and only requires a few basic tools), the test results are not straightforward. For this reason, you should let an experienced auto parts professional handle your battery testing. For all your battery testing needs, call 334-297-1038 or visit McCarley Transmission Service Inc. today.

Battery Installation
Are you aware that an automotive battery needs to be replaced every few years? This is true no matter how often you take your car for maintenance. When the time for battery replacement comes around, most car owners don't have the time and necessary experience to install a new battery. At McCarley Transmission Service Inc., we will help you determine whether your car needs a new battery or not. If the battery is dead and can't be recharged, we will help you with new battery installation. Call 334-297-1038 or visit us today.

Battery Recycling
Since automotive batteries contain a number of toxic chemicals and heavy metals, dead batteries should be recycled to save the environment from pollution. Battery recycling is the process aimed at reducing the number of batteries being disposed of as solid waste. The process reduces the risks of soil contamination and water pollution. McCarley Transmission Service Inc. provides a battery recycling service. Visit our auto parts store in Phenix City, AL 36867 or call us today.

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Vehicle Tips

  • According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
  • The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
  • Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
  • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
  • A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
  • Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
  • Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
  • Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
  • Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
  • Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
  • Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
  • Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
  • Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
  • Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
  • Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
  • Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
  • Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.