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|Below you will find coupons we provide as an
incentive to have the necessary routine maintenance done to keep
your vehicle running smoothly for it's lifetime. Please take some
time to read through the section below the coupons that describes
why preventative maintenance is very important for your vehicle.
Why do cars need preventative maintenance?
Manufacturers know that a properly maintained car will be more dependable,
safer, last longer, and increase your satisfaction with the product.
Car makers and owners also have a responsibility to make sure emission
controls receive regular service and are functioning properly. Regular
maintenance helps accomplish these goals by keeping your engine running
efficiently and eliminating potential problems that may leave you
What's in it for you?
A more dependable car
A car that retains the "new car feel"
Less chance of a costly breakdown
A safer car for you and your family
Doing your part for cleaner air
A car worth more at trade in or sale
An intact warranty
Manufacturer Maintenance Schedules
The manufacturer creates maintenance schedules outlining specific
operations to be performed on various components and systems. This
is done at different mileage intervals to ensure proper operation
and prevent premature wear. The manufacturer also indicates what services
must be done to maintain the factory warranty and extended warranty.
AllData Automotive Information System
This service facility is equipped with an automotive information system
that provides this detailed data. The AllData system even lists high-tech
specialty lubricants required for your particular car. Other information
includes vehicle specific repair and diagnostic information and factory-issued
Technical Service Bulletins. The bottom line is efficient, dependable,
and cost-effective service for you.
Quick Reference Maintenance Chart
Change oil & filter every 4,000 miles or four months.
Rotate & balance tires every 8,000 miles. This also gives us an
opportunity to check brakes as well.
Major tune-up at 60,000 miles (Cap/rotor/wires & minor tune-up)
Minor tune-up at 30,000 miles. This includes spark plugs, air filter,
fuel filter, PCV valve. Additionally, clean fuel injectors or carburetor.
Belts, hoses, and timing belt (if equipped) at 60,000
Battery at 60,000 or every 4 years.
Why timing belts need replacement?
What is a timing belt?
Timing belts have replaced timing chains on many of today's engines.
Both belts and chains ensure that crankshaft, pistons, and valves
operate together in proper sequence. Belts are lighter, quieter and
more efficient than chains.
Why replace the belt?
Like other components, timing belts wear out. Proper maintenance requires
belt replacement at regular intervals, before they break.
Where are timing belts located?
Timing belts are on the front of the engine, protected by a plastic
or metal cover.
When should timing belts be replaced?
When a timing belt breaks, the engine stops. Replace belts before
this occurs. Most manufacturers provide a suggested service life and
replacement schedule for this critical component.
How do I know if my car has a timing belt?
Your vehicle manual may tell you, but you should ask your technician,
they will know for sure.
What is a free-running engine?
If the timing belt breaks on a free-running engine, the engine stops
and you will need a tow to the repair shop. No mechanical damage occurs
and the installation of a new belt is usually all that is needed to
get you on your way.
What is an interference engine?
If the timing belt breaks on an interference engine, mechanical engine
damage occurs. It most commonly involves open valves being struck
by pistons, resulting in the need for expensive repairs. In extreme
cases, a replacement engine may be required.
What should a complete tune-up include?
Electronic ignition, computerized engine controls, and electronic
fuel injection have eliminated many adjustments that were once part
of a "traditional" tune-up. Most would agree that a tune-up
today is a preventative maintenance service and engine performance
Call it what you will, a complete tune-up should combine
elements of preventative maintenance, adjustment and performance analysis.
One of the main reasons people bring a vehicle in for a tune-up is
because they are experiencing some kind of drivability problem.
Things like hard starting, stalling, hesitation, misfiring,
poor fuel economy, or lack of power are seldom cured by a set of spark
plugs and a few turns of a screwdriver. Every tune-up should include
a comprehensive performance check to verify that no drivability problems
or trouble codes exist.
Another item that should be included is an emissions
check. Thirty-five states now have some type of annual vehicle emissions
check program, and all but two include a tailpipe emissions check.
Most mechanics will check EGR valve operation, the PCV valve , and
make a visual inspection of other emission control components and
plumbing. But unless an actual emissions performance test is made
at the tailpipe, there is no way to know whether or not the vehicle
will meet applicable emission standards. An emissions check is a must.
Taking into account longer service intervals and reduced
maintenance requirements of today's vehicle, a tune-up is probably
only necessary every 30,000 miles, or once every two or three years.
This is altered when a drivability or emissions problem arises that
requires diagnosis and repair.
The best guide to tune-up frequency is probably the
recommended spark plug replacement interval in a vehicle's owner manual
Our list of items that should be included in a complete
tune-up are the following:
Replace spark plugs
Check distributor cap (replace if necessary)
Check timing (adjust if necessary)
Check ignition wires (replace if necessary)
Check ignition performance (firing voltage and
Check idle speed (adjust if necessary)
Check choke (on carburated engines)
Clean fuel injectors
Check compression and//or power balance (identifies
bad fuel injectors as well as compression problems)
Check manifold intake vacuum (reveals exhaust
Check battery/charging voltage
Check exhaust emissions (verifies fuel mixture,
ignition and emissions performance)
Check vehicle computer for trouble codes
Install new air filter
Replace fuel filter
Replace PCV valve
Check all emission controls (EGR valve, air pump,
Check all vital fluid levels (engine oil, transmission
fluid, coolant, brakes, power steering)
Check belts and hoses
Check safety items such s lights, wipers, tires
(including tire inflation pressure), horn, etc.