An Automotive Shop Guide
Buying a new car is a fun and exciting experience, but it’s also one that comes with certain responsibilities such as regular upkeep and maintenance.
If you want to get the most of your car, you should follow advice from the automotive shop or manufacturer’s suggested service schedule. But for most people, the mandated maintenance schedule is costly, time-consuming, or hard to remember. Many people decide to be their own judge when it comes to deciding when to bring their car to the garage.
According to Edmunds, many car owners usually only carry out basic maintenance such as oil and brake pad changes, with a large percentage failing to keep up with even basic routine upkeep. However, by not following the suggested service schedule, many important services get neglected which could lead to a mechanical failure or inefficiency with your vehicle. If you want to save yourself the headache and expense of regular automotive machine shop visits, then proper maintenance is key.
Below, Sutherland Automotive Mechanic recommends not overlooking these five important services to keep your car in tip-top shape.
Automotive Machine Shop Recommended Car Maintenance Services
1. Fluid Flush(s)
Motor oil isn’t the only fluid that you should routinely change in your car. We recommend flushing the following fluids to keep your car on the road.
- Transmission Fluid Flush: Many car models are marketed as having a “lifetime” guarantee on transmission fluid. However, all car fluids need to be changed eventually. Sutherland Automotive recommends changing your transmission fluid every 50-90,000 kilometers to keep your transmission in good health.
- Brake Fluid Flush: Not only should you routinely get your brakes and rotors checked, but you should also replace the brake fluid too. As time passes, brake fluid can absorb moisture from rain and snow water. This extra moisture can cause your brake system to corrode. Opt to change your brake fluid every 2 years or 35-40,000 kilometers.
- Coolant Flush: Coolant can change PH balance after a while. This could potentially damage your engine if neglected. Make sure to get a coolant flush every 64,000 kilometers to keep your engine healthy.
2. Cabin Air Filter Replacement
Do you want to breathe in dirt, dust, or pollen while you’re driving? Of course not. The cabin air filter in your car is responsible for purifying the air coming from outside the car. Getting your filter changed will help keep the air in your car (as well as that going to the engine) clean. You’ll know you need to get a filter replacement when your car gets a weird odor when you turn on the heat or AC.
3. Wheel Alignment
If you hit a pothole on the road or a curb too hard, getting your wheels realigned is crucial. If you neglect to get your wheels realigned regularly, you may notice your car pulls to one side while you’re driving which could cause an accident. Getting your wheels aligned also will determine how long your wheels will last. You should aim to get your wheels aligned at least once a year.
4. Timing Belt
Timing belts are very important for the car’s engine. A bad timing belt will commonly trigger the engine light on your car’s dashboard. If the timing belt is neglected long enough, it could destroy the function of your engine by allowing the valves and pistons to collide. Make sure to check the manufacturer manual for your car to see when you should replace the timing belt.
5. Power Steering
Checking the power steering routinely is a good idea if you want to keep your car on the road. Just like other fluids in your car, power steering fluid can absorb moisture and dirt which can clog the steering components in your car. Getting a power steering flush will save you a lot of money in the future.
The Bottom Line
Whether you decide to follow your car’s suggested service schedule or not, giving your car some TLC from time to time is important. Many people wait to get service on their car when the problem is much more serious and costly. How well you maintain the different workings of your car will determine its longevity and reliability. You should routinely get fluids flushed, wheels aligned, and replace the timing belt and cabin air filter to keep your car in good health. The mechanics at Sutherland Automotive know how to repair several different makes and models. They can diagnose the problem and perform the right service to get your car back on the road. Visit our website to learn about the services we perform at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.