Regular maintenance/ inspection of your vehicle is what keeps it in reliable, safe condition. Here are some basic ways how.
#1) Oil Changes
How often depends on your oil; if you have your car serviced for this, there should be a sticker on your windshield with the time frame. We do a special on a synthetic blend oil [which lasts 5k miles] and costs $29.95 + tax.
#2) Your timing belt / drive belts
The rule of thumb is to replace it every 60,000 miles or every four years. In newer cars, you can get away with every 100,000 miles. Belts make a squeaking or chirping noise when they’re bad, be sure to inspect anyway, even when there is no noise. Occasionally inspect for damage or wear and tear – – or have inspected when you have your car serviced. Average price varies depending on engine cylinder/ necessity of water pump and seals/ brand of car/ etc.
Engine coolant needs to be checked twice a year and flushed and replaced as necessary; and transmission fluid needs to be flushed every two years or 30,000 miles. Brake fluid should be flushed every two years regardless of mileage. And, don’t forget to flush the power steering and change the differential lubricant, as well.
#4)Cabin Air Filter
Filters air/ allergens/ bacteria coming into your car. replace every 12k-15k miles (before the winter season). If clogged or dirty- causes you to breathe in musty odors and nasty contaminants and causes heating/ cooling problems and sickness.
#5) Rotate and Balance Tires
Every 12,000-15,000 miles.lack of rotation/ balancing/ alignment can cause worn/ chopped tires and you may have to replace them sooner than hoped for. Check your tires every other day for pressure and every week for wear.
Brakes squeaking? Maybe you need your rotors resurfaced to get all that warpage off; maybe you need new brake pads.. let your mechanic tell you! Different driving conditions can affect brake noise, including severe braking, dusty or sandy conditions, or even humidity. Brakes are designed to make noises when they’re going bad to warn you, so it’s actually a good thing. It’s certainly better to find out your brakes are going bad hearing a squeak than jamming on the brake and not being able to stop!
#7) Your A/C System
+High Pressure Side
-compressor-powered by the a/c belt. pumps the Freon through a/c system
-condenser- radiates heat out of the system; turns Freon from gas back to liquid
-receiver/ dryer- reservoir removing moisture from the air
+Low Pressure Side
-thermal expansion valve (TXV)[some vehicles have an orfice tube instead, but it serves the same purpose]- changes air from hot to cold. reduces the pressure on the refrigerant, so it can move into the evaporator
-evaporator- Refrigerant enters the evaporator coil as a cold, low-pressure liquid. Freon boils and becomes a gas again. The heat is absorbed and cold air is pushed out.. voila![/learn_more]
[P.S. **Recharging your system is simply a flush and renewal of the refrigerant. You may need this if your A/C isn’t blowing cold enough. We will diagnose your A/C issue and recharge your system for only $59.95 + the cost of amount of refrigerant + tax]
#8) Your Car’s Battery
Maintaining the battery is simple; clean the terminal ends of corrosion – check for this once per month. This will keep a strong connection to your cables. Try not to run it down, yes, you can jumpstart it, but it’s not good for the battery. When you do NEED it replaced, be sure your alternator and distributor are also functioning well.
#9) Catalytic Converter
Nasty exhaust fumes enter the catalytic converter from the engine. A catalyst then turns the harmful fumes into detoxified fumes which will then exit the car through the muffler.