Car Care Tips from Neal Tracy Automobile Service
It’s always better to fix something before it breaks. The same applies to your car. That’s why regular maintenance is so important on today’s vehicles. Below are some helpful hints and articles that we think will help you maintain your vehicle in good working condition for years to come.
- Change your oil at regular service intervals.
- Replace your wiper blades twice a year for streak-free visibility.
- Screeching or grinding sounds from your brakes can mean trouble. Make an appointment with us to get a brake inspection.
- A loud muffler may not just be annoying, it can be dangerous because harmful exhaust fumes may be leaking into the passenger compartment. Have your exhaust system checked as soon as possible.
- Brake pads are your friends. Check them regularly.
- Maintaining proper oil and coolant levels can help ensure a long life for your engine.
Contact Neal Tracy Automotive to have your vehicle looked for routine maintenance.
What’s the correct tire pressure for my vehicle?
How often should I change my wiper blades?
How often should I have my engine oil/filter changed?
Short hops to the store, stop-and-go rush hour driving, driving on dirt roads and inclement-weather operation are all considered severe operating conditions that can cause impurities to build up quickly in the oil, resulting in increased wear and tear on internal parts. That is why most owner’s manuals and mechanics recommend changing the oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles (whichever comes first) to assure that maximum engine lubrication occurs while a minimum of impurities are suspended in the oil. To find out what the recommended oil change frequency is for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual or talk with your automotive service professional.
How can I tell if my coolant is OK?
Why is heat coming out of my air conditioner?
What can I do if my car overheats?
How often should my car get a tune-up?
On modern vehicles equipped with electronic ignition, fuel injection and computer controls, the term “engine performance maintenance” is a more accurate term. A “tune-up” for these newer vehicles is an orderly process of inspection, computer diagnosis, testing and adjustment to maintain peak engine performance, maximum operating efficiency and low exhaust emissions. During this process, spark plugs, plug wires, sensors, and modules may be replaced. The frequency at which a newer vehicle needs a tune-up is dependent more upon driving conditions than mileage and recommended tune-up frequencies vary between 30,000 – 100,000 miles, depending on the manufacturer. To learn how often your vehicle needs a tune-up, check your owner’s manual or speak with your local automotive service provider.
Why are my brakes making noise?
Does my transmission ever need service?
By-the-book service, however, may not be adequate if your vehicle is driven hard, tows a trailer, goes off-road or carries a camper. Under these conditions, the fluid and filter may need to be changed more often — every 12 months or 12,000 miles –because dirt and moisture buildup in the fluid can cause internal damage. Heat buildup can also be a problem. The harder the transmission works, the hotter the fluid gets and the quicker the fluid breaks down. To find out the recommended service schedule for your vehicle’s transmission, check the owner’s manual or talk with your local automotive service provider.
Manual transmissions generally need no regularly scheduled service, but may need service due to worn clutch and throw-out bearings and broken synchro-mesh gears. Check your owner’s manual for specific information on manual transmission service or talk with your local automotive service provider.