Keeping your vehicle in peak operating condition helps you enjoy driving it longer and may improve its resale or trade-in value down the road. The old saying goes, “If you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you”. Being current on maintenance and repairs means you’ll be less likely to break down at the most inconvenient time. It’s better to have maintenance done at your convenience rather than a major repair down the road because of missed services.
Tuning & Brakes
Is your engine running rough? Is your yellow check engine light on? These days, keeping your car tuned up is so important. With the rising price of gasoline, a poorly running vehicle can cost you even more at the pump.
Do you hear a squeal noise when you brake? Or even worse, a grinding noise when coming to a stop? These may be indicators of brake problems. If your brake pads or shoes are worn out, it may increase your stopping distance and do damage to your brake rotors and drums. It’s best to catch it before this happens. It could save you a lot of money. Call today to have your brakes inspected.
I always recommend following the manufacturers maintenance schedule for all vehicles.
If you don’t have your owner’s manual, I can tell you what is recommended at your current mileage.
It is best to keep all of your maintenance records in a safe place. That way you know what maintnence and repairs have been done to your vehicle, preventing any duplicate services from being performed. Having all of your records can also increase the resale value.
Steering & Suspension
Is there squeaking or a clunking noise when you turn your steering wheel? How about a whining noise from under the hood when you turn at slower speeds? These could indicate potential steering problems.
Suspension related issues might include a clunk noise when going over bumps or a very bouncy road.
It is important to have your steering and suspension checked regularly. A faulty component in these areas can cause premature tire wear.