Like routine dental care, most people understand the value of routine automotive service and maintenance. However, in the course of the busy life of a typical American, setting aside precious time to perform routine tasks is often avoided in deference to more urgent matters
Inasmuch as oral hygiene has a cumulative effect on the health of a human, ignoring the routine care of an automobile can have similar negative consequences on the “well-being” and longevity of the car.
An Overview of Regular Maintenance Practices:
- Hoses should be inspected regularly, especially during cold and hot seasons, and replaced if there is potential for leakage.
- In hot weather, flush dirt, bugs and leaves from front of radiator gently with a brush and garden hose.
- Run your air conditioner monthly, year-around, to keep the compressor in proper running order and lubricate the seals.
- Use the “fresh air” setting of your heater instead of “recirculate” to reduce fogging of your windows, during the winter months.
- Replace your windshield wipers once a year.
- Lubricate door hinges/latches and hood hinges periodically.
Routine Maintenance and New Vehicle Warranty:
If your car is less than three years old and has fewer miles than the terms of your warranty dictate, mechanical problems will be fixed under the bumper-to-bumper warranty for no charge. This doesn’t cover “wear” items like brake pads and wiper blades as well as routine maintenance for which you will have to pay.
Routine maintenance is most often oil and filter changes, tire rotations and various inspections. After the length of your warranty, the routine maintenance often becomes more involved and more expensive.
Scheduling a Service Visit:
Before you schedule your visit, review your car’s manual to familiarize yourself with the actual work that is required at the appropriate mileage interval. You should check for recalls that have been issued for your car. Print out any information you find on this and give this to the service advisor.
If your car is not running properly, you should bring it in to be inspected, before a relatively minor issue becomes a major problem. Early diagnosis of potential problems could save you hundreds of dollars in automotive repair charges.
Call Suburban Autoworks at 215-345-5211, or contact the Auto Repair Service Center to discuss your automotive concerns or to schedule a visit.