The key to keeping your vehicle running well today and down the road is routine preventive maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday automotive basics.
A survey by the Car Care Council found:
- 54% of vehicles had low tire pressure
- 38% of vehicles had low or dirty engine oil
- 28% of vehicles had inadequate cooling protection
- 19% of vehicles needed new belts
- 16% of vehicles had dirty air filters
- 10% of vehicles had low or contaminated brake fluid
Keeping up-to-date on your routine preventive maintenance can not only increase your gas mileage, but it can extend the life of your vehicle. It can also save you money down the road by keeping you from unexpected repairs. AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair is dedicated to helping our customers maintain their vehicles.
Preventive maintenance is the key to improving gas mileage and keeping your vehicle running for years. Part of that preventative maintenance is keeping up-to-date on your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance of system flushes. These flushes not only keep your vehicle’s systems well-lubricated, but they often help fight corrosive build up, which helps your vehicle run more efficiently.
At AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair, we perform several automotive flushes, including:
- Coolant Flush
- Power Steering
- Transmission Flush
Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle performing efficiently, but with all vehicles, replacements and repairs are inevitable. Your manufacturer suggests mileage intervals for most replacements and repairs to help you avoid broken belts and worn parts. At AAA Auto Repair, we follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for all replacements and repairs so you will know what to expect before your vehicle is due for service.
At AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair, we perform the following replacement and repairs:
- A/C and Cooling
- Electrical System
- Transmission and Clutch
The automotive braking system is a group of mechanical, electronic and hydraulically-activated components which use friction to stop your vehicle. More specifically, your braking system is made up of a master cylinder, calipers, power brake boosters, sensors, pads and/or shoes and rotors and/or drums.
At AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair, we perform the following brake services:
- Standard Service
- Clean and Adjust Drum Brakes
- Brake System Flush
Your vehicle’s engine relies on properly functioning belts. Your manufacturer suggests having these belts changed at specific mileage intervals to ensure a well-running engine. While having these belts serviced and replaced, it is a good idea to also have the belt idler pulleys and tensioner pulleys checked to make sure the entire belt system is working correctly.
At AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair, we perform the following belt services:
Serpentine Belt Service Serpentine belts transfer power from the crankshaft to engine accessories, such as A/C, power steering, alternator, fan, and various other pumps and accessories. Due to periodic wear, serpentine belts may need to be replaced.
Replacement Service includes:
- Visually inspect the serpentine belt
- Remove and replace old or worn serpentine belt
Timing Belt Service This service is performed based on your manufacturer’s suggested service interval. You can find your manufacturer’s suggested interval for this in your owners manual. Your interval can range anywhere from 60,000- 105,000 miles. Depending upon driving conditions, your belt may need changing earlier than the suggested mileage.
Replacement Service includes:
- Remove and replace old or worn timing belt
- Check all drive belts for wear, rot or fraying
- Check all tensioners
- Replace tensioners as needed
Your vehicle's electrical system consists of the alternator, battery and starter. The battery provides energy to the starter which turns and then the alternator generates direct current for recharging the battery and for powering your vehicle's electrical components. These parts control every electrical item in your vehicle. They also affect the starting ability and performance of your vehicle. Our ASE Certified technicians can perform an electrical system check or EASE diagnostic upgrade for your vehicle if needed.
At AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair, we perform the following electrical services:
- EASE Vehicle Computer Upgrades
- Electrical System Checks
Why You Should Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?
The answer lies in the definitions of “normal” driving and “severe” driving. The Automotive Association of America (AAA) defines these types of driving conditions as:
- Normal Driving Conditions – Highway driving on paved roads in relatively dust-free areas
- Severe Driving Conditions – Trips less than 10 miles; stop-and-go city driving that requires frequent brake usage; extreme weather conditions; dusty roadways; towing a trailer; long periods of engine idling
An ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) survey showed that 90% of surveyed mechanics believe the best thing a driver can do to properly maintain their vehicle is changing their oil every 3,000 miles. As the average age of the vehicles on the road continues to increase, so does the need for routine maintenance, like oil changes every 3,000 miles, to extend the life of your vehicle’s engine.
Changing your vehicle's oil every 3,000 miles is the most important preventative maintenance service you can have performed on your car. Regular oil changes help ensure that your vehicle is performing well by extending the life of your engine. At AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair, our standard oil change is quick, convenient, and includes a 36-point service and safety inspection.