Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Preventative Maintenance

According to recent studies, 5% of all motor vehicle fatalities are caused by auto maintenance service neglect. The following simple and inexpensive preventative checks will greatly extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit the environment:

  • Always consult you owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles

  • Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent, and antifreeze - these fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of the vehicle

  • Check tire inflation - under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventative and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month. 

  • Keep your engine tuned - a fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30%

  • Have the chassis lubricated frequently - this step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle's suspension system

  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid should also be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery. 

  • Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, brake lights, and tail lights

  • Check windshield wiper blades for cracks, tears, and windshield contact - replace at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins

  • Inspect engine belts regularly - worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.

  • Have the air filtration system checked frequently - the air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.

General Maintenance

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Today's cars, light trucks, and sport utility vehicles are high-tech marvels with digital dashboards, oxygen sesnsors, electronic computers, unibody construction, and more. They run better, longer, and more efficiently than models of years past. 

But when it comes to repairs, some things stay the same. The following tips should help you along the way: