Monthly Archives: February 2019

Engine Air Filters

Today in the Hometown Garage car care blog, we want to talk about your engine air filter. That's the filter that cleans the air before it's burned in your engine. Portland residents wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is: when it's dirty. That's a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your service advisor will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter. But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled. If you drive where there's lots of dust, pollution or pollen around Hartford, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That's why we check the air filter with every full-service oil change at Hometown Garage in Portland ... read more

Tire Rotation and Balancing

Portland drivers can make their vehicle tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing. Let's start with tire rotation. In normal driving around Portland, CT, your front tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires. At Hometown Garage in Portland, we rotate the tires so that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as getting a little break on the back end. That way, all four tires wear more evenly over their life and last longer for Portland car owners. For most vehicles in Portland, CT, tires are rotated front to back. Some recommend a cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some high-performance vehicles have different size tires on the front and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only be on the left or the right side of the vehicle. Your friendly and knowledgeable Hometown Garage can help you s ... read more

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