At Christian Brothers Automotive in Meridian, ID, we believe in the power of preventative maintenance. Especially in the blistering summer months, a short hour of your time could mean the difference between a strong engine and a roadside breakdown. Most time-consuming and expensive repairs can be avoided completely with the help of a simple maintenance check.
Christian Brothers Automotive Meridian has put together the 3 best (and easiest) ways to avoid major auto repair so our loyal customers can survive the summer.
1. Check all fluids
Your vehicle’s fluids are important because they lubricate moving metal parts and keep the engine at a safe temperature. For this reason, it’s essential to keep your fluids clean of contamination. Your owner’s manual will give the manufacturer’s recommended frequency for oil changes, but we suggest scheduling an oil change once every 3,000-6,000 miles (3,000 for conventional oil, 6,000 for synthetic).
In addition to your oil, ask one of our ASE-certified technicians to examine the following fluids:
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Coolant (or anti-freeze)
- Windshield washer fluid
Have the technician check for proper fluid levels and ensure the fluid is clear of pollutants and debris. By regularly inspecting your vehicle’s fluids, you can raise the car’s fuel economy, increase the engine’s reliability and prevent expensive repairs.
2. Rotate the tires
As your vehicle drives, the tires hit the ground at different rates. Every uneven road surface, pothole and curb-check could cause one tire to wear down more quickly than the others. If your car is rear-wheel or front-wheel drive, the tires on the leading axle are under more pressure than those on the following axle.
For these reasons, it’s imperative that you schedule regular tire rotations. Most manufacturers recommend a tire rotation every 7,000 miles, but the frequency required is really dependent on tire quality, vehicle weight and driving conditions. A simple way to keep up with tire maintenance is to request a tire rotation with every other oil change.
Changing the wheels’ location on the car can help them wear down more evenly, which extends their life and allows for safer driving conditions.
3. Inspect the brake system
Your car’s brakes are the key to a safe drive. As you accelerate and then stop the car, the brake pedal is causing the brake pads to push hard against the rotors. Over time, the brake pads can wear too thin and begin damaging the rotors and the entire brake system.
If you ever hear odd sounds during braking, notice the car pulling or feel the brake pedal vibrate, it’s time to have your brake pads replaced. In addition to the brake pads, it’s essential to request a brake fluid inspection, as well as rotor resurfacing.
By keeping up with regular brake system maintenance, you can ensure every drive is safe and your vehicle stops when it should.
Automotive repair can be frustrating and expensive. Luckily, most serious damages can be easily prevented with proper maintenance. To make things even easier, Christian Brothers Automotive in Meridian offers a free courtesy inspection to every vehicle brought into our shop for any reason. During this complimentary service, our ASE-certified technicians check your vehicle fluids, tires and brake system, in addition to other major vehicle systems.
Keep your car healthy and your family safe by following these top 3 steps to vehicle maintenance. Let Christian Brothers Automotive Meridian keep you up-to-date on car maintenance, and keep more money in your wallet!