Auto repairs are unfortunately a fact of life.
No one likes it when their car breaks down, especially in traffic or on a busy highway.
So, how do you avoid these types of problems?
The best way to avoid vehicle break down is to have your car or truck checked routinely.
There is minor maintenance that should be done periodically on any car or truck that will save you money in the long term.
If you check your vehicles' manual, you will notice that routine maintenance is suggested to prevent costly car repairs and breakdowns in the future.
A little preventative maintenance goes a long way to insuring your vehicle stays healthy and on the road without interruption.
We have been working on cars and trucks in the Sioux Falls area since 1977.
We know what we're talking about when we say that regular maintenance is important and key to the lifespan of your car.
Your vehicle needs routine inspection and maintenance to preserve its integrity, and proper upkeep just makes good financial sense.
Don't let a minor problem turn into a major one!
-Consult your owner's manual - It contains a checklist for proper maintenance, and when to do it.
-Change your oil (including oil filter) every 3,000 miles or every 3 months. Newer models don't require 3,000 miles anymore, your car technician will know what to do.
-Periodic changes to belts and hoses - don't get stuck on the road just because a belt breaks. Includes serpentine belts, fan belts, timing belts, radiator hoses etc.
-Tire pressure - correct air pressure as advised by your manufacturer is important for the life of your tires, as well as better gas mileage, saving you money at the pump.
-Wheel alignment, balance and rotation - all crucial for good gas mileage and even tire wear.
-Make sure all lights and blinkers are working including brake lights and headlights.
-Check fluids - having the correct amount of fluid, and clean fluid, is essential for good vehicle maintenance. Includes transmission, brake, coolant, power steering, motor oil, even windshield wiper fluid for dirty snowy days.
-Battery contacts should be clean and snug. If you see the 'white powderish' substance at the base of your battery post or around the battery clamp, it should be cleaned and rectified, so you won't keep having the same problem over and over. Making sure your battery isn't weak and is holding the proper charge is important.
-Filters - includes transmission, oil, engine, and air filters.
-Spark plugs and plug wires - plug wires wear out over time, as do spark plugs. Although newer cars have an ignition system that lasts much longer these days, periodic maintenance is recommended.
-Brakes - your brakes take a lot of abuse, if you wait too long for brake maintenance you may end up ruining other parts like the rotor and more.
-If your 'check engine' light is on or comes on periodically, be sure to have your car serviced soon!
Don't ignore car problems, noises or issues! Make an appointment with us today to perform routine maintenance on your vehicle, and you will keep yourself and your car happy for the long run.
Check out these helpful links:
Find the Manual for Your Car Online
Preventative Car Maintenance
Car Maintenance Tips
Car Maintenance Checklist
Car Maintenance Checklist for High Mileage Vehicles
Basic Car Maintenance Tips (video)