Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your car running smooth and problem free for as many years as you intend to keep the vehicle. Oil changes, brake changes, engine tuneups, transmission checkups, checking tire tread, and alignments are all imperitive to the condition of your vehicle.
Here is some advice on maintaining your vehicle. Your part is easy. Schedule an appointment and bring the car in! In the neighborhood and due for an oil change? Stop in, we'll try our best to accomodate you!
Maintain your brake system to keep it in optimal working condition so you have the braking power when you need it.
* When your first hear that squeal, bring the car in. It will save you money, by not allowing your rotors to get damaged. Brakes feel mushy? Bring it in soon as you can!
Tip:Tap your brakes a few times after driving through a deep puddle. (make sure there is no one following close behind you.) This will dry the brakes off.
Regular oil changes and regular maintenance will keep your engine running it's best. We put a sticker on your windshield to remind you when your vehicle is due for the next oil change. Pay attention to it, if you go over the recorded mileage before the recommended date, be sure to schedule or stop in for an oil change.
* Give your engine a chance to warm up before driving if possible. This allows the oil to get into all parts of the engine before you put a load on the engine. In cooler temperatures, the oil is cold and sluggish, so taking the time to allow it to warm is even more important.
* With a turbo-charged engine, give the engine a couple of minutes to cool down before turning it off. This allows oil to circulate and the bearings in the turbo to cool down.
*If you ever have to replace your engine, discuss the benefits of buying used versus new.
Wheels & Suspension
Regular wheel alignments go far in keeping your suspension, wheels and tires in top condition. We will rotate your tires when you bring your vehicle in for maintanaince. Rotating your tires regularly helps prevent the tires from wearing unevenly.
Your suspension soaks up the bumps in the road, keeping you comfortable and safe by allowing your brakes and tires to work as designed.
Shocks and struts can wear out and affect handling. If you car bounces excessively over bumps and leans hard in corners, your shocks could be worn.
Your owner's manual will give a mileage estimate for shock or strut life. As a general rule somewhere in the 60,000 - 75,000 mile range depending on your driving style and road conditions.
Ball joints wear and can cause your car to wander while driving down the road. This is dangerous as they can separate and cause you to lose control.
Sway bar bushings can wear out over time and will allow the sway bar to clunk when turning corners or at low speeds.