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Keep Your Car Running Great

One way that you can avoid big repairs is to make sure you have regular maintenance done on your vehicles. In most cases, these are recommended by the manufacturers. Doing regular maintenance keeps your car running great and because I usually will spend a few minutes checking common problem areas each time I see your car, it gives you the opportunity to head off problems before any major damage can occur.


Recommended/Typical maintenance:

These are common maintenance items that will be needed for most vehicles at some interval. We've listed what's typical for most vehicles but we make specific recommendations for our customers vehicles based on the make/model and their driving habits:

  1. Tire rotation and balance (every 6,000 miles)

  2. Oil change (depends on oil grade/type)

  3. Air filter change (depends on vehicle and driving habits)

  4. Cabin air filter replacement (annually)

  5. Transmission flush (depends on vehicle and transmission type)

  6. Spark plug change (depends on vehicle and plug type)

  7. Timing belt change (depends on vehicle/engine)

  8. Brake inspection and pad/rotor replacement (depends on vehicle and driving habits)

  9. Coolant flush - every 2-3 years

  10. Induction system service - an important way to make sure fuel injection systems

  11. Brake fluid flush (every 30,000 miles)

Small Ways to Avoid Big Problems

Here are some things you can learn to do between visits to your trusty mechanic:

How to check your Oil Level


1. Make sure your car is sitting level

2. Check before starting or wait a few minutes after shutting vehicle off

3. Oil level should be midway or higher in fill range

4. Note the color of the oil. Dark or sludgy indicates the engine is overdue for an oil change

5. Check twice to be sure

Check Your Brake Fluid


1. Locate reservoir

2. Remove cap, check seal

3. Check level

4. Check color (dark fluid is bad)

5. Add fluid (if needed)

6. Close cap (clean if needed)

Good tire pressure = better fuel economy, better traction, even tire wear

How to Check and Adjust Your

Tire Pressure


1. Manufacturer's decal on driver door will list correct pressure.

2. Use tire gauge to determine current pressure

3. If low, add air a little at a time.

4. If high, release some pressure

5. Check all wheels even if they look ok

6. Don't forget to check your spare!

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