If you want your vehicle to run safely and smoothly each season (and for many years to come), it’s necessary to be consistently proactive with its care and maintenance. Instead of waiting for the little graphic indicators on your dashboard to light up (and stay on) alerting you of a current and potentially-costly concern with a particular area of your vehicle, simply routinely schedule maintenance service appointments with your local auto technician. With the latest high-tech equipment and proper tools, here are some of the many services you can expect from your certified auto technician:
Each time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, your auto technician will let you know when it’s time to come back for the next one. This can be in so many miles and/or by a certain date ~ whichever comes first. To avoid damaging your engine, heed this designated timeline provided by your auto technician. Even if you add oil to your vehicle yourself, you still need to have your car’s oil completely replaced as scheduled.
Tire Inspection & Rotation
When rotating your car’s tires to avoid having one of them wear down faster than the others, your auto technician will also carefully inspect them for potential damage. If there’s a slow leak in one of them, a nail or foreign object puncturing one, or the treads are too low to drive your vehicle safely on wet or snowy roads, your auto technician will be able to inform you of these potential issues and offer solutions.
Filter Inspection & Replacement
Road dirt, dust in the air, and seasonal debris can clog your car’s filter and affect its performance over time. While most car drivers don’t schedule a maintenance service appointment with their local auto technician solely to have their car’s filter inspected, this is a regular item inspected during a service maintenance appointment.
Brake Inspection & Replacement
Even if you keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you, maintain each road’s posted speed limit, and never ride your brakes, they still need to be routinely inspected. You can never predict when a deer will leap in front of your vehicle, when something will block the roadway, or a cyclist sharing the road will have trouble controlling his bike; you’ll need fully-functioning brakes to slow down and/or stop completely. If the volume of the music or conversations in your vehicle are always loud and you can’t hear the brakes screeching or scraping, or if your car’s technology doesn’t indicate your brakes need repair, the only way to know your brakes need to be replaced is when they stop working or when your auto technician inspects them.
Belt/Hose Inspection & Replacement
Over time, your car’s rubber belts and hoses will disintegrate. Your auto technician will not only ensure your hoses are firmly in place, but also inspect them for any cracks or fraying.
Battery Inspection & Replacement
Your battery doesn’t have to be completely dead to not be working properly. If it’s not charged fully, not positioned properly under your hood, or has rusty or compromised components, it can affect your car’s performance and safety. Your local auto technician provides a battery inspection service and can replace your battery when needed.
Wiper Blade Inspection & Replacement
Since you don’t typically use your car’s wipers every day, it’s easy to not realize they need to be replace or repaired until you actually need them. It’s impossible to drive safely in a downpour without fully-functioning wipers. During a scheduled service maintenance appointment, your auto technician will inspect your wipers and can replace them if necessary.