MAINTENANCE


Properly maintaining your vehicle is the most important part of owning a vehicle.

From oil changes to tune-ups, if you do not follow your scheduled maintenance, damage can occur to your vehicle.

OIL CHANGE

It is important to get an oil change regularly is because it helps to reduce the amount of wear that is placed on your engine. The oil helps to lubricate engine parts and keep your vehicle running well. Over time however, the oil breaks down and looses it's viscosity. When this happens, the oil does not lubricate engine parts as well, and your engine becomes more at risk for wear and tear. By routinely changing your oil, you keep the oil that is circulation through your engine thick, which better helps to protect engine parts. This is very important because it will reduce the overall maintenance costs that you will have to pay over time for your vehicle. Without regular oil changes, your engine will break down and need repair which can end up costing a lot of money.

BRAKE FLUSH

The importance of brake flushing Brake fade is somewhat akin to brain fade. Reaction time is slower, usually snappy performance is replaced by a dull, mushy feel, and in critical situations the slow response time can be disastrous. While there are several mechanical reasons for this type of condition, one of the most overlooked causes is contaminated brake fluid. Most car owners are well aware of the importance of maintaining proper fluid levels in the vehicle, and reliably check to make sure that the brake fluid is maintained between the minimum and maximum marks on the reservoir. After all, if there's too little fluid, it's possible for air to be sucked into the lines, which can result in a spongy pedal feel and inefficient braking performance.

COOLING SYSTEM FLUSH

If the coolant is in bad condition, it's time to have the system flushed. The most common service interval for flushing the system is every two to three years, or 24,000 to 36,000 miles. When your vehicle goes longer than that timeframe without fresh fluid, you're engine may suffer some damage. So take care of your coolant—and your engine will keep its cool.  Like any other engine fluid, the coolant needs to be checked on a regular basis.
You're checking for two things: quantity and condition.

TRANSMISSION FLUSH

Manual: Most manufacturers recommend that manual transmission fluid be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Under heavy-duty use, some manufacturers suggest changing transmission fluid every 15,000 miles.

Automatic: Service intervals for an automatic transmission vary from every 30,000 miles ... to never. The typical service interval is 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Changing it more often does no harm.

Why do I need to do this?

Manual: In a manual transmission, the problem is not so much the fluid degradation, but rather fluid contamination. This contamination occurs over time as the synchronizers, bearings and gears in the transmission wear out. The resulting metal particles then float around in the lubricant. And we all know that oil with microscopic particles of metal in it does not lubricate as well as clean oil. So if these contaminants are not drained out, they will shorten the life of your transmission.

Automatic: Because more heat is generated in an automatic transmission, automatic transmission fluid actually degrades and breaks down with use.

What will happen if I don't?

If you don't change the transmission fluid on schedule, you'll be lubricating your transmission with metal shavings and other contaminants. This will shorten the transmission's life. The result could be a hefty boat payment to your mechanic. In other words, changing your transmission fluid at the correct interval is a good investment.