Top Ten Tips for Car Repair

By Tyger Lucas

Many of our patrons have asked us what they can do to prolong the life of their automobiles.

To help keep your vehicle running at its peak performance our technicians have assembled a list of the top 10 repairs and maintenance items that may prolong the life of your automobile.

Change the Oil

Changing your oil at the factory advocated interval keeps the engine freed from sludge and combustion elements that will harm your auto.

Perform Tire Maintenance Regular tire rotation and correct inflation will not just lengthen the life of the tires, but also increase fuel mileage.

Change the Air Filter for the Engine and the Cabin If your air purifier gets too filthy, your engine won't be well placed to pull enough air into the combustion chambers. The engine will then run rich (i.e. Too much gas and not enough air). When this happens gas mileage suffers.

Replace the Spark Plugs Replacing the spark plugs in your engine can forestall misfires and bad performance as well as dramatically lower emissions and improve gas mileage.

Flush the Cooling System Flushing the cooling system lengthens the life of the radiator, engine and heater by washing away corrosive elements like mud and rust particles that will clog up the cooling system and cause Problems in winter and summer. This could be done each 2 years.

Maintain the Brakes If you neglect your brake pads and shoes, you can cause damage to other, costlier brake parts like rotors, drums and calipers.

Perform a Fuel Injection Service Performing a fuel injection service not only prolongs the survival expectancy of the injectors, but can increase fuel mileage with benefits that massively outweigh the price of the service.

Change the Transmission Liquid Changing your transmission fluid at frequent intervals can lengthen the life of the transmission by 50%. If you perform this service on a regular basis chances are you may never experience a major transmission failure.

Replace the Timing Belt Replacing the timing belt, before it breaks can save you tons of dollars. Most makers recommend replacement between 60,000 and 105,000 miles depending on make and model. If the belt fails, the engine will instantly shut down leaving you stuck.

Perform a Seasonal Complete Car Inspection Having your vehicle checked seasonally can prolong the life of many major elements of your auto by diagnosing mend issues before they become major Problems, and do not assume that getting your oil changed at a "quick lube" has a inclusive inspection. Have a qualfied shop perform the inspection to insure that nothing is missed.

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