What is Factory Auto Maintenance?
If you rely on your car for getting to and from work or school, running errands, and the occasional leisure activity, it is imperative that you provide it with the maintenance it needs to continue to run well. Factory auto maintenance is generally completed at certain mileage points as dictated by the service schedule in your car's owner's manual. These services are required to help keep performance and fuel economy at their peak. The following are the most common forms of scheduled auto maintenance.
The service that your vehicle will require most is the oil change. For most cars and trucks it is completed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Oil changes are crucial for engine health, as they help remove gunk from interior engine areas while ensuring all moving parts receive the necessary lubrication.
Aside from oil, your vehicle uses a number of specialized fluids to help certain systems operate. From time to time these fluids need to be drained and refilled to ensure they are free of contaminants, which is called a fluid flush. You car generally will need a coolant flush, brake fluid flush, differential flush, power steering flush and a transmission fluid flush at certain times throughout its life.
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, which can cause your engine's parts to be thrown out of sync, resulting in massive damage.
From time to time you may notice your car just isn't performing as it normally does. 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 may be part of a tune up. This includes changing spark plugs, replacing filters or conducting fuel system cleaning.
Most other services, such as belt and hose replacement, computer diagnostics, battery and light services and more are usually completed 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.
When your car is due for service be sure to visit your local auto repair shop, or else your car could fall into despair. 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 at (479) 717-9879 to schedule an appointment for quality auto maintenance in Lowell!