One of the most important things you can do as a vehicle owner is ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained. Don't just drive your vehicle, know your vehicle!
Nearly every component on vehicles today have some sort of shelf life. Ensuring your vehicle gets the proper tune-ups and required maintenance will ensure that the life of your vehicle is not cut short. Over time air filters, spark plugs, and other fluids in your vehicle will begin to get contaminated and break down. Although it may not seem like a significant piece of the puzzle, it could cause a negative effect inside your engine/vehicle that could cause further damage and safety issues if not maintained properly
Tip: Maintaining maintenance and repair records not only help you as the customer ensure a safe and reliable vehicle, but also helps technicians find problems created by other shops. It also ensures that all fluid exchanges are done at the appropriate intervals.
MAINTENANCE OIL CHANGES
All vehicle manufacturers design specific intervals for standard oil and maintenance to be completed. Along with these intervals are specifications on types and amounts of oil and fluids specific to each make and model. Going past the recommended time or mileage recommendations can cause carbon buildup in engines and damage to internal components costing hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars.
Tip: Although some makes and models stated oil changes are not needed for 8,000 to 10,000 miles.; It is a good rule of thumb to stick to every 5,000 miles. You can never go wrong with having clean motor oil in your engine!
WHEELS & SUSPENSION
A good majority of all noises heard while driving are tire/wheel or steering and suspension related. Alignment issues due to failed steering components or low tires can feel like a drastic change while driving. Maintaining proper wheel and suspension component operation is key to staying safe on the road.
Tip: If noises are heard from vehicle, take note to a few of the following:
(1) What does it sound like? - popping, chirping, squeaking, tapping, etc.
(2) During what operation does the noise happen? - Running at idle, highway speeds, low speed, etc.
(3) When did the noise start?
(4) Is it continuous or intermittent.
Keeping track of noise and other drivability issues will better help our staff ensure that your vehicle is fixed correctly and expediently so you can be on your way!!!