Be Proactive with Affordable Scheduled Maintenance
Scheduled maintenance for your vehicle is one of the best investments you can make as a car owner, which will end up saving you money and ensuring your vehicle’s safety.
Auto Doctors are experts at objectively diagnosing and servicing vehicle components that could become costly problems. The following are brief descriptions of parts that require scheduled maintenance, and the problems they can cause to your vehicle without proper service:
- Oil and Filter Change – Most vehicle manufacturers recommend the oil and filter be changed every 3,000 miles to prevent oil sludge, which has a nasty habit of causing expensive engine repairs.
- Transmission Flush – Transmission fluid is essential to keeping a vehicle’s transmission operating efficiently, serving as a lubricant for all of the moving parts inside the transmission. Without proper flushing, metal particles contaminate the fluid which can lead to a shorter life span for the transmission. Manual transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, while automatic transmission fluid should be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
- Cooling System Flush – Coolant is required to minimize the engine’s temperature, but over time the coolant will begin to form deposits in the radiator. A radiator flush involves draining the old coolant, cleaning the radiator with a mixture of coolant/detergent and water, and replacing the old coolant with fresh new coolant.
- Fuel and Intake System Flush – Fuel injectors provide the engine its fuel at very precise intervals. Fuel gunk and build up can alter the performance of fuel injectors, limiting fuel economy and wearing them out. A fuel and intake system flush can help prevent the breaking down of this important, and expensive, component of the vehicle.
- Differential Service – The differential maintains proper speeds for the individual wheels when making turns. A differential service will keep it and the connecting U-joints lubricated and will ensure it is performing at the highest level.
- Power Steering Flush – Power steering fluid can periodically become contaminated and will require replacement to prevent wear and tear of the vehicle’s steering system.
- Brake Fluid Flush – Moisture can sometimes form in the brake fluid, leading to rust in the anti-lock brake system. Preventative maintenance will prevent any problems with the breaks in the vehicle.
- Timing Belt – Choreographing the timing of the intricate components of the combustion process, the timing belt is an important part of the vehicle that should be changed every 60,000 miles. Making sure the timing belt doesn’t develop cracks and ultimately tear is necessary for all vehicle owners, as it could result in bent valves and damaged cylinder heads.
- Tire Rotation and Balance – Every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, most manufacturers recommend rotating the vehicle’s tires to get the most life out of the tires as possible. Balancing the tires will eliminate shaking of the steering wheel and/or seats.
- Four-Wheel Alignment – Unfortunately, wheels gradually come out of alignment from all of the minor hazards of the road, causing the vehicle to drift to one side. A four-wheel alignment will correct this problem, and will increase the life of the tires.
- Shocks and Struts – Suspension, steering and tires are all negatively affected by worn shocks and struts. Shocks and struts should usually be replaced every 50,000 miles to help keep the other systems of the car in top shape.
- Engine Air Filter – Maintaining a clean engine air filter is an inexpensive yet effective way of helping get the most fuel economy out of the engine. It also catches any air contaminates before it reaches the engine.
- Cabin Air Filter – Air contaminates and pollutants can enter the cabin of the vehicle via the vents in the dash. Prevent this from happening with fresh cabin air filters.
- Spark Plugs – Spark plugs ignite the fuel in the vehicle’s engine. Proper maintenance will prevent the wearing and replacing of failed spark plugs.