Everyone needs a way to get to work, school, run errands, and meet up with friends and family. Our cars are an important part of achieving these tasks. Cars are expensive to buy and if not maintained, can become very expensive to repair. We highly recommend completing factory maintenance, as outlined in your owner's manual, to help you reduce the amount of downtime you will experience. These services are required to help keep performance and fuel economy at their peak. Our mission at Car Clinic is to help educate you so you can get the most out of your automotive investment. We firmly believe the following maintenance items are critical for every vehicle.
The first and most important thing you can do for your car's longevity is to consistently change the engine oil. We believe this should be done every 4,000 to 7,500 miles depending on the additives in the specific oils you select. Stick with approved oils (not just any old oil!) Properly timed oil changes ensure sludge and contaminants in the oil are removed to keep the everything moving appropriately.
In addition to your engine oil, your vehicle uses a number of specialized fluids to help certain systems operate. These fluids need to be periodically drained and refilled to keep them free of contaminants. In our climate, we recommend the following timelines for each fluid:
- Coolant & Brake Fluid every other year
- Differential Fluid & Power Steering Fluid every 30-50K miles (approx every third year)
- Transmission Fluid &Transfer Case Fluid every 30-100K miles (approx every third-fifth year)
Begin with your owner's manual for timelines but there are other things to take into consideration. The first being how you drive your car (short stints or long drives). The second being the weather where your car spends most of the time (wet, dry, hot, cold). These vary based on each individual and make a difference on how quickly a system can become contaminated.
A third, and very important maintenance item is your timing belt. This is a rubber belt that wears over time. If your car uses a timing belt, be sure to have it replaced as called for by your owner's manual. Should the timing belt not be replaced, it will be highly subject to snapping. This can cause your engine massive damage.
Another maintenance item is what many call a tune up. Cars have drastically changed over the last two decades. If you notice your car just isn't performing as it normally does, it is definitely time to find a mechanic to check it out. Fuel economy may drop, an idle may roughen or your car may have trouble getting up to speed, for example. These issues are often caused by small problems that can be resolved with quick services that many reference as a tune up. Some of the common services include changing spark plugs, wires, coils, cap/rotor, replacing filters or conducting fuel system cleaning.
Finally, we should talk about the 30K 60K or 90K mile services. Most of the items we discussed above are included in these mileage marker service points. Most other services, such as wear and tear items like belts, hoses, and brakes, battery and light services and more are usually inspected during 30,000 mile check ups. While many people believe a dealer must perform these services, a qualified independent auto shop can also do it.
So, when your car is due for service be sure to visit your local auto repair shop. For dealership style auto maintenance in Lowell, AR or the surrounding areas head to NWA Car Clinic. Our team of expert technicians service all makes and models. Give us a call to schedule an appointment!