FAILING TO CHANGE FLUIDS Here are the 5 fluids that need to be changed in your car: Engine Oil-recommended that you check your oil every time you get gas, most modern cars though say once a month. Depending on car, manufacturer and year change oil every 3,000 miles or every 6 months. Transmission Oil-check monthly, typically change between every 50,000 to 100,00 miles but it does vary from car to car and depends on transmission type. Coolant-check twice yearly: before summer & before winter, replace every 2-3 years, again depending on how hard you drive your car and where. Power Steering Fluid-Check once a month, replace between 50,000 miles or never most car manual recommend keeping the power steering fluid levels topped off. Brake Fluid-Check every time you change your oil, replace about every 2 years, or as needed in your driving conditions.
Ignoring Your Check Engine Light. Ignoring this little light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. This warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is a simple fix such as a loose or damaged gas cap. If the indicator light is blinking, the situation is usually serious, such as a severe misfiring of the engine slow the car down, find a safe place to stop and call us at Ricks Auto Service, here in MIshawka, IN. A steady light is not an emergency situation, you can continue driving(not a whole lot though), you should schedule an appoint with us. We do have free loaner cars, so you can get in out and on your way, we will call you before we do any service with your car once it is checked out.
This List says it all, will go into depth on each one in the following blogs
Heed the Warning Signs. Your vehicle has a way of communicating trouble that will come your way. The dashboard has many many Warning Lights, such as check engine light, telling you that key vehicle systems need to be inspected as soon as possible. PAY ATTENTION, to any new or unusual vehicle sounds such as hissing, squealing, thumping or grinding as they do indicate a problem. What about smells? Such as burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, rotten eggs, burning carpet or sweet smell of syrup usually indicate a serious problem
Regular Maintenance is Key. Keeping your Vehicle on a regular Service Schedule is key to the cars longevity. Keeping fluid and filters changed or flushed, tire checks and other routine maintenance up to date continues to keep your car running well. As your car ages, some of the car parts and components do wear our or become damaged, so the smart investment is to replace these normal wear items before long-term damage happens. We send out by email or post card free custom service schedules for your vehicle
Auto Care: An easy resolution that makes sense. Caring for your current vehicle is an easy New Year’s resolution to keep. With our new Reports, we let you know what needs to be done on your vehicle and when. We will email, if no email, send a post card, to let you know what needs to be done. I know the Holiday Season is hard on your budget, but Auto Care makes financial sense, protecting the trade-in value and postponing the sting of new car prices. A new passenger vehicle has risen in price to nearly $34,000 according to Kelley Blue Book, the average vehicle age is 11.6 years. The good news is that today’s vehicles are lasting longer than ever before, by following three simple auto care tips: Regular Maintenance is Key Heed the Warning Signs Keep it Clean We will go into depth to let you know what each Auto Care Tip means for you
What is a Cabin Filter and why should I change it? Changing your Cabin Air Filter before winter sets in is important, that filter has been working hard all fall, summer & spring. The cabin air filter cleans the incoming air and removes allergens. It should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles(check your owner’s manual). The filter helps to trap the pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that try to find their way in the air & hating conditioning and ventilation systems. Bring your vehicle to Ricks Auto Service here in Mishawaka IN
What is Tire Alignment? What it does for you is to help your tires perform properly and help them to last longer. It also improves your handling and keeping your vehicle from pulling in a particular direction or vibrating weirdly on the road. An adjustment to your vehicle’s suspension is alignment, it’s the system that connects a vehicle to your wheels. To properly align your car adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road. How to tell? If your notice any of the following Uneven tread wear Vehicle pulling to the left or right Your steering wheel is off center when driving straight Steering wheel vibration A technician is concerned with 3 things: Camber—inward or outward angle of the fire when viewed from the front of the vehicle. Toe-toe alighnment is the extent to which your tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above. Caster-your caster angle helps balance steering, stability and cornering
DON’T IGNORE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE!!! Regular maintenance is one of the single things you can do as a car owner, keeping your car in tune can do the line save you money on costly repairs. Preventive Maintenance is like getting regular checkups with the doctor, it keeps you healthy and happy, same goes for your car. Catching anything serious before it becomes a major problem! Come by Ricks Auto Service here in Mishawaka IN, we can get you in out and on your way, can’t wait? Don’t forget to ask for one of our free loaners. Here is a list of items on your list, this is in no way the total list. Alignment, Cabin Air Filter, Cooling System Differential Service, Engine Air Filter, Fuel System, Oil Change, Power Brakes, Serpentine Belt, Spark Plugs, Steering, Timing Belt, Tire Rotation & Balancing, Transfer Case Service, Transmission, Windshield Wipers to name a few, will go in depth about each item
Thinking of buying a used car? Please get it checked out, you need to know what needs the car has, and are you paying a fair price for the work to be done. We at RIcks Auto Service, do a new to you car inspection. Come in and get peace of mind, know what you are buying. #used car #maintenance