To keep your automobile in the best condition possible, vehicle manufacturers recommend maintenance services. These services make sense. Your car, truck, crossover, or SUV is a machine, and all machines have limited life spans because their parts have limited life spans. Stringer Auto Repair takes preventative maintenance seriously because we want to ensure you stay safe on the road and get the most out of your automobile. Here are 10 automotive services your vehicle needs on a scheduled basis.
Air Conditioner Charge
We recommend that you have your AC checked each spring to make it’s ready to go during the summer. This gives us a chance to test the parts, check for leaks, and refill the refrigerant if it’s low.
Generally, brakes should be inspected about every 15,000 miles. Some systems can wait until 30,000 miles. Because brakes are crucial to your road safety, make sure to have them checked regularly.
Cooling System Flush
To prevent your automobile from overheating, have your cooling system checked and the coolant flushed and refilled per the owner’s manual. This is crucial to avoid costly engine damage.
Your battery will last about three-to-four years; the alternator about seven. Regular electrical system tests ensure you don’t end up stranded with a dead battery or alternator.
Exhaust System Test
Vehicle emissions tests for registration will let you know there’s a problem with your exhaust system, but that’s waiting until it’s too late. An annual exhaust system test detects problems early.
Fuel System Cleaning
Your vehicle’s fuel system needs attention, too. Every 30,000 miles, it’s a good idea to have a professional fuel injector cleaning. Every 12,000 miles, it’s time to replace the fuel filter.
Ignition System/Spark Plugs Replacement
A healthy ignition system includes a functional starter and spark plugs that are firing correctly. Although the plugs can last for 100,000 miles, have the system inspected every 25,000 miles just in case.
Every 3,000 miles; this should be your motto. If you use synthetic motor oil, your motto can be every 5,000 miles or 7,500 miles, depending on what your owner’s manual says.
If you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, tire rotations are easy to remember: every other oil change. Check your air pressure once a week to make sure the tires are at the right psi.
Transmission Fluid Flush
Finally, most transmission services are every 30,000 miles, and these automotive services are essential. Your transmission is made up of hundreds of parts, and the fluid protects them from damage.