Maintenance will help increases the reliability of your vehicle by preventing unexpected failures. By sticking to your own customized maintenance schedule, you can avoid these costly repairs and reduce the over all cost of your car.
My Car Services
Vehicles need to be serviced when they reach certain mileage. We offer all services for your vehicle when they reach these milestones. Click the links below to find out what services need to be performed at what mileage.
Springs & Suspension
- Shocks – How long do they last?
- Shocks typically should be replaced every 40k to 50k miles. It is not uncommon for shocks to fail before they reach 50k miles. They are a very important piece in the steering and suspension systems; without proper shock performance, tires will wear quickly and vehicle handling will be drastically reduced.
- Springs Vs Shocks – whats the deal?
- When a vehicle hits a bump or an irregularity on the road surface, the job of the springs in the suspension system is to lessen the impact of a bump to the body/frame and passengers.The springs also bring the tires back in quick contact with the road surface after being bounced up in the air by a bump. The job of the shock absorbers is to dampen the springs — to help still them after they have done their job going over a bump.
- Safety First- Keep control
- The Car Care Council points out that on a rough, winding road the driver of a car with worn shocks is in danger of losing control. Weak shocks permit excessive rebound of the wheels, allowing them to become airborne. During this brief period that the tires are in the air, they lose contact with the road surface — and steering and braking control can be lost. If shocks and struts were like tires or windshield wipers, you would immediately know when they’d gone bad. But they’re not.
What is the Difference Between Maintenance and Repair
- regular maintenance – reduce costly repairs
- Maintenance is preventive in nature. The idea behind changing operating fluids such as engine oil, coolant, gearbox oil, differential oil and brake fluid, for example is to prevent the need for premature repairs. Replacement of consumable parts such as brake pads, brake rotors, wiper blades, filters, bulbs etc also comes under the head of maintenance.Repair work is completely different. A repair is necessitated by a parts failure of some kind. If you keep up on your regular interval maintenance you will reduce the expense on repairs.
- General Maintenance – Oil Change
- Interval Maintenance – Shocks, Struts, Spring, Suspension
- Repairs – Water Pump Replacement
- Brake Pads – Stopping power
- Brake pads should be inspected during every oil change. When they reach a minimum thickness, they should be replaced. Always use quality pads when its time to get your brakes done.
- Brake rotors – take the heat
- Brake rotors are the surface that the brake pads press against to stop your vehicle. They get very hot during braking periods. They should be inspected for proper surfacing and heat damage during oil changes.
- Brake calipers – hold it together
- Brake calipers hold the brake pads in position so when the brakes are applied, the brake pads contact the brake rotor properly, and bring your vehicle to a stop. Brake calipers are inspected during brake inspections. Call today to schedule, or schedule here on our site.