GENERAL MAINTENANCE

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE PROPERLY MAINTAINED

Contrary to some beliefs, today’s vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels. Sophisticated technology has made it seem like vehicles don’t need as many tune-ups and care.

 

The fact is the way technicians have serviced your car has grown along with the development of vehicles. Computerized diagnostics can find underlying problems that need to be fixed to keep your car safe on the road.

Pay special attention to the indicator lights.

The following systems should be

regularly checked | inspected:

  • Battery Electrical System

  • Air Filter

  • Light Bulbs

  • Cabin Filters

  • Brakes

  • Tires

  • Alignment

  • Transmission Fluid | Transfer Case Fluid

  • Differential Case Fluid

MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICLE IS READY FOR EVERY SEASON

General maintenance can prevent your vehicle from breaking down in any harsh weather. Winter and summer months pose different challenges for your car and keeping up with maintenance will help avoid any problems, no matter the weather. Always be prepared on the road. 

 

Carrying emergency gear in your car can help you out of a potentially dangerous situation. Recommended gear includes: gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand, tire chains, and a flashlight.

Fuel

Put fuel deicer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line and keeping your tank full helps keep moisture from forming.

Engine Performance

Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Problems such as hard starts, rough idling and stalling all need to be corrected.

Oil

Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your car’s manual. If your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips, it is recommended you change it every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Brakes

Brakes should be inspected as recommended. If you notice pulsations, grabbing, squealing or longer stopping distances, give us a call.

Windshield Wipers

Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Always have extra windshield washer solvent available.

Heater/Defroster

The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Newer models have a cabin air filter that should be replaced periodically.

Battery

The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections, clean all surfaces, and re-tighten all connections.

Lights

Inspect all lights and replace burned-out bulbs. Periodically clean road grime from all lenses.

Exhaust System

Your exhaust system should be examined for leaks, loose clamps or rusty components by our technicians. 

Tires

Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping. Check tire pressures once a month. Tires should be checked before any long trip and during harsh weather.

Air Conditioning

Have the AC system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system.

Cooling System

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended).

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616-452-0977 Grand Rapids 

616-281-5150  Kentwood

Our experts have the knowledge to service and repair even the most challenging auto problems on all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles.

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Kentwood

5215 KALAMAZOO AVE SE
KENTWOOD, MI 49508
616-281-5150

Grand Rapids

1850 28TH STREET SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508
616-452-0977

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