When to Change Your Car’s Filters

According to a 2013 report from AAA, the cost of owning a car is up about 2% over 2012, driven largely by higher maintenance costs. All told, this same AAA reports goes on to say, on average, the cost of driving 15,000 miles a year rose 1.17 cents in 2013 to 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year. […]

By |2014-08-22T09:36:50+00:00August 22, 2014|Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on When to Change Your Car’s Filters

Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip

The weather’s warming up and everyone’s getting antsy to get outside. With spring fever comes a need for freedom, and this is the season for planning out the road trips we’ll be taking for the rest of the year. Before you heed the call of the open road, you need to make sure your car is up to the challenge with a pre-trip checklist. […]

By |2014-04-08T12:33:35+00:00April 8, 2014|Driving Safety, Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip

The Importance of Having Your Car Aligned

Having your car aligned is part of normal maintenance, and manufacturers recommend your alignment be checked periodically, and adjusted whenever a problem crops up. Having your car aligned is an inexpensive repair, while ignoring an alignment problem can end up costing you a lot of money. The Mechanic’s Job in Aligning While many people refer to alignment adjustments as a “wheel alignment,” it’s actually the suspension that’s being measured and balanced. In state-of-the-art shops, [...]

By |2014-02-27T11:48:09+00:00February 27, 2014|Preventative Maintenance, Tune Ups|Comments Off on The Importance of Having Your Car Aligned

Why You Shouldn’t Skip an Oil Change

The oil in your engine keeps the pistons moving smoothly within the cylinders. It allows the pistons to come in close contact with the cylinder walls without causing damage. Depending on manufacturer’s recommendations, the engine oil and filter in your car need to be changed about every 5k miles. Missing this deadline by a few hundred miles or so won’t make much of a difference, but the longer you go without an oil change, [...]

By |2013-11-20T11:23:09+00:00November 20, 2013|Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Skip an Oil Change

Maintenance Milestones

Regular maintenance on your car needs to be performed every 15,000 miles, but which tasks need to be completed depend on the number of miles on your car. Some services are done every 15k miles, while others only need to be done every 30k, 45k, or 60k. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from your next trip to the mechanic. Service at 15k Miles Oil and Filter Change: This service should [...]

By |2013-11-13T17:22:10+00:00November 13, 2013|Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on Maintenance Milestones

3 Steps To Care For Your Battery

One of the most important parts of your car is your battery. It gives life to your car and ensures that you aren't left stranded by the side of the road. So, when your battery dies, it can lead to a lot of worry, stress, and expense. While every battery will have a certain life span and will need to be replaced eventually, there are regular maintenance steps you can take to help improve [...]

By |2013-10-07T12:09:23+00:00October 7, 2013|Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on 3 Steps To Care For Your Battery

Saving Your Car From the Summer Heat

Hot summer days are great to spend out at the pool, lake, or indoor shopping mall. However, when you take your car to one of these locations and then leave it under the hot summer sun, you have the potential to do some serious damage. In this article we’ll take a look at the two most common problems that occur due to the sun's rays and heat and how to avoid them. Problem #1: [...]

By |2013-08-27T13:17:30+00:00August 27, 2013|Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on Saving Your Car From the Summer Heat

Caring For Your Transmission

Your transmission is an extremely important part of your vehicle. It is what transmits the power from your engine to your drive mechanism. Without your transmission, your vehicle would simply not function. It is also extremely expensive to repair or replace. For these reasons, it is important that you take the steps necessary to car for your transmission so that it serves your vehicle for as long as it possibly can. The first important [...]

By |2013-08-13T13:16:54+00:00August 13, 2013|Preventative Maintenance, Tune Ups|Comments Off on Caring For Your Transmission

Ways to Make Your Car Last

Whether you’ve had the opportunity to buy your dream car or are praying that your clunker will last through school, it is important to all car buyers that the life of your vehicle is long and healthy. Here are a few tips to making sure that you car is still running throughout the years. Buying One of the best ways to have a car that lasts is to buy a reliable car. Not all [...]

By |2013-08-08T10:47:48+00:00August 8, 2013|Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on Ways to Make Your Car Last

Summer Car Maintenance

More people take to the road during the summer than at any other time of year.  These trips can be simple day trips, weeklong family vacations, or long cross country trips.  While your mind is on soaking up the sun or finding that perfect vacation spot, car maintenance can quickly fall to the bottom of your priority list.  However, without proper maintenance, you can find yourself stuck on the side of the road with [...]

By |2013-06-25T15:48:20+00:00June 25, 2013|Preventative Maintenance|Comments Off on Summer Car Maintenance
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