Dependable Vehicles Require Maintenance

Maintenance Tips

Tips for Saving Gas:

Pump tire pressures to max pressure on tire (most cars 35-44 psi, most SUV 44-70 psi). (Max PSI can be found on the side wall of the tire) Keeping the tire pressure at max can save up to 6 miles per gallon! Keeping your tire pressure up will also save tire wear unevenly thus, saving $$$ !!


 Keeping Your Engine Clean:

The key to maintaining engine longevity is simple: frequent oil changes. The oil, along with the filter, should be changed regularly for maximum engine performance

The role of oil in a car’s engine is to protect internal parts and provide lubrication against wear.  Because the oil is continually circulating throughout the engine, however, over time it breaks down and accumulates substances such as dust, metallic shavings, condensation, and even antifreeze that can damage internal engine parts.

The oil filter works to trap and remove debris and other contaminants. When the oil filter becomes saturated, the oil is no longer “cleaned” and the risks posed by contaminants intensify. Oil pressure can also suffer once the filter becomes clogged. As a result, fuel economy decreases and the risk of emissions increases along with the potential for engine failure.

Change your oil and oil filters according to the recommendation in your owner's manual or follow the "every 4 months or 4000 miles" rule of thumb for getting an oil change.

Always be sure your oil, lube & filter changes include:

  • Changing oil filter
  • Checking air filter
  • Checking and top off all fluids
  • Lubricating all fittings
  • Checking engine for leaks
  • Checking belts and hoses
  • Checking tire pressure
  • Checking entire undercarriage

Routine Automotive Tune-ups

Tune-ups: The Essential Element in Car Maintenance
A Tune-up provides preventative maintenance, while identifying and replacing worn parts.  They ensure that your vehicle will operate at optimal conditions by maintaining the ideal conditions for normal car operation.  Neglecting these basic tasks could result in low gas mileage and damage to critical engine components.

Most cars require regularly scheduled tune-ups around every 30,000 miles, and major maintenance at 60,000 miles.  Some newer vehicles may not even require a tune-up until 100,000 miles!

A thorough tune-up will include:

  • Replacing the air filter.
  • Replacing the fuel filter(s).
  • Installing new spark plugs and replacing any worn spark plug wires.
  • Inspecting and installing a new distributor cap if one is needed.
  • Inspecting and installing a new rotor if the old one has cracks, burning and carbon.
  • Inspecting the valve-cover gasket and adjusting the valves (if your car has adjustable valves).
  • All fluids checked and topped off.
  • A battery check and terminal cleaning, if necessary.
  • A positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve replaced, if clogged.

In addition, cars built prior to 1979 have additional requirements.  Cars without an electronic ignition require changing the points and condenser.  Cars with electronic ignition should have the timing checked.

Fuel-injected cars need to have the throttle plate cleaned and/or adjust the air-fuel mixture.  Cars with carburetors may need additional adjustments.

Maintaining a regular tune-up schedule will ensure your car’s longer life, better gas mileage and performance.