At Steve’s Tire and Auto, we pride ourselves on helping our customers take care of their vehicles. When it comes to having a reliable vehicle, preventative maintenance is necessary to not only extend the life of your vehicle but to keep it safely performing at a high level. By trusting the skilled professionals at Steve’s Tire and Auto, you can rest at ease with the peace of mind knowing your vehicle is prepared for future travel, weather related events, and general wear and tear.
What is Preventative Maintenance?
Preventative maintenance includes any form on work done on your vehicle with the interest of preventing future problems. This would encompass anything from rotating your tires and changing your oil to checking your lights and windshield wipers. Some manufacturers require that you complete preventative maintenance checks throughout the life of your vehicle to guarantee warranty coverage.
Preventative maintenance will benefit you in the long run. By addresses small fixes now, you can alleviate the costly expenses of large fixes in the future. You will save money while ensuring proper adjustments are made, fluids are at optimal levels, parts are working correctly, and any concerns are addressed early. The resell value of your vehicle will also be higher.
Recommended Maintenance Schedule
Allowing professionals to routinely check your vehicle parts is vital for the upkeep of your vehicle. Taking into consideration your environment, how much you travel, age of your vehicle, and duration of drives can all help determine the most beneficial service schedule that you can stick to consistently. Specific factors like excess road salt or extreme heat can also determine which vehicle components may require extra attention.
Preventative Maintenance Checklist
Your vehicle will be serviced according to a checklist that includes a series of key assessments. Each individual inspection plays a role in extending the life of your vehicle and providing a safe and reliable form of transportation. We will help you determine how often the inspections should take place, whether it is by mileage or a timeframe. The following checks will be executed on your vehicle as we look at every detail of its performance.
Air filter replacement allows your vehicle to efficiently filter out dust, dirt, smog, and other intrusions before they enter the engine intake manifold. Your gas mileage can be affected by an inefficient air filter. Air conditioning filters also need to be periodically replaced for optimal air flow and efficient removal of pollen, dust, and other airborne irritants.
Fuel injectors can be clogged and lead to a low acceleration rate and rough idling. We will make sure yours work correctly.
Oil and filter changes may be the most common form of vehicle maintenance, and there is a major reason why. Oil keeps the engine running smoothly, so if your oil is contaminated or low, it could result in major engine damage. Oil lubricates moving parts, prevents corrosion, and cools the engine. It is vital to replace your oil and filter regularly.
Brake component checks are necessary for the safety of both you and your car. Old or worn-down brakes can lead to unfortunate accidents, expensive repairs, and possibly injury.
Tire upkeep, wheel balancing, and wheel alignment are also important for safety reasons, as well as driving performance, and convenience. Professional tire inspection on a regular basis could help you avoid a flat tire in the future, saving you time and preventing hassle. Tire rotation and correct tire pressure will help your tires last longer and provide a smoother ride for you and your passengers. Your wheels also need to be balanced for equal weight distribution to protect your wheels. Proper wheel alignment will improve your fuel efficiency and ride experience.
Belts and hoses will wear down over time due to environment, usage, and age. Inspection can help find potential breaks or holes before they happen.
Spark plugs do not need maintenance checks as often as other components, but they are especially important. These small parts are used to start your vehicle.
Exterior and interior lights will be checked to see if any bulbs need replaced and to make sure they are working properly.
Battery replacement may be necessary at some point, especially if you have an older battery. We will monitor the battery output by running a quick test. We can then determine if you should replace it before you are stuck with a dead battery.
Transmission performance will be checked, including fluid levels.
Steering and suspension play a role in the handling of your vehicle. For a smooth ride, we will inspect them to make sure they are correct. We will also inspect shocks and struts, which absorb the impact from bumps, helping to maintain proper steering ability.
Windshield wiper blades are essential for safe driving in weather conditions that produce rain and snow. They may be one of the smaller components of your vehicle, but they are extremely useful. High usage and environmental exposure like sun, heat, salt, and sand will deteriorate your wiper blades quickly. Replacement is inevitable, so regular inspection should be performed.
Exhaust system checks ensure that your exhaust pipe and muffler are properly working to expel gases from your vehicle.
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