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Monthly Archives: January 2017

"How often should my cars' air filter be changed?"

"How often should my cars' air filter be changed?"

CHANGING AN AIR FILTER“How often should my cars’ air filter be changed?” One important item to remember to change is your Vehicle’s air filter. What an air filter does is eliminate dust and grit from entering into the intricate workings of the internals of your car or truck’s engine. When you bring your vehicle in for it’s regular Oil Change, we check all your filters and let you know how they look, if they need to be changed or not. It’s always good to check your cars’ manual, but it also depends on your driving habits, most say 15,000-30,000, if you don’t drive al lot replace after 3 years because it does become brittle with age.

Lubricating Door Latches.

Lubricating Door Latches.

Lubricating Door Latches This is an easy one that you can do...have your doors been driving you crazy because they squeak? This doesn't particularly extend your cars lifespan, but you won't feel like nails on a chalk board!!! Using a good spray lubricant-graphite-you can get at a hardware store. Or, when you are in for your regularly scheduled oil change, we can do it for you and save you a trip

Check your vehicle at 12 Months/12,000 miles.

Check your vehicle at 12 Months/12,000 miles.

We are now a year later for checking out your Vehicle here is the list(always remember to check your vehicles manual for exact mileage). Check every 12 Months/ 12,000 miles Automatic Transmission Fluid       Battery and Cables Belts                                                   Brakes Cabin Air Filter                                  Chassis Lubrication Dashboard Indicator Light On       Coolant (antifreeze) Engine Air Filter               ... read more

What to check every 6 Months/6000 Miles.

What to check every 6 Months/6000 Miles.

So, it's 6,000 miles later and here are some items to get checked out for your vehicles safety(remember that you should double check what your owner manual says). Check Every 6 Months/6,000 Miles Automatic Transmission Fluid                       Battery and Cables Belts                                                                Chassis Lubrication Dashboard Indicator Light On                       Engine Air Filter Engine Oil   &nbs ... read more

What to check every 3 Months/3,000 miles on my vehicle.

What to check every 3 Months/3,000 miles on my vehicle.

Going thru our Maintenance Schedule, here is what you need to get checked every 3 Months/3,000 miles (always double check your manual for their schedule) Check Every 3 Months/ 3,000 Miles Automatic Transmission Fluid Battery and Cables Belts Dashboard Indicator Light On Engine Air Filter Engine Oil Exhaust Hoses Lights Power Steering Fluid Tire Inflation and Condition Windshield Washer Fluid  

What to check every 6 Months/6000 Miles.

What to check every 6 Months/6000 Miles.

So, it's 6,000 miles later and here are some items to get checked out for your vehicles safety(remember that you should double check what your owner manual says). Check Every 6 Months/6,000 Miles Automatic Transmission Fluid                       Battery and Cables Belts                                                                Chassis Lubrication Dashboard Indicator Light On                       Engine Air Filter Engine Oil   &nbs ... read more

What to check frequently on your vehicle?

What to check frequently on your vehicle?

Ever wonder with your car if you kept an eye on your Maintenance what that would look like? Well, over the next week, I will be blogging by mileage what your vehicle will need(always check your cars manual because some vehicles are different) Check Frequently Dashboard Indicator Lights On Lights Tire Inflation and Condition Windshield Washer Fluid Engine Oil Level    

Being a Severe Driver 6th way.

Being a Severe Driver 6th way.

Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned. Drive Smoothly: braking and accelerating hard, you use more fuel, it also can wear the tread on your tires faster. Take it easy when you accelerator and stop. Let your car warm up: especially on our cold mornings, when you go without warming up the car oil is thicker and that makes it more difficult to move around in your engine, putting a strain on the parts of your engine, it will wear quicker. Drive light: If you are carrying a heavier load it will consume more gas. Also if you have a load that is more than your car can handle, the engine runs out faster. What are your driving conditions? Whe ... read more

Keeping a dirty car 5th way.

Keeping a dirty car 5th way.

Keeping a dirty car. When you allow your vehicle to go to long without a wash, leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the chance for rust from road salt and can interfere with proper visibility needed for safe driving. (windows). OK A LITTLE OVER THE EDGE!!!!!!  

Not following a service schedule 4th way.

Not following a service schedule 4th way.

Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road. The Key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is rountine maintenance. 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil 13%had low or contaminated brake fluid 18% had dirty air filters 17% had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels 16% needed new windshield wiper and 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid 18% needed new belts Overall, 89% of vehicles were in need of a least one service or repair.  

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