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Maintenance Tips from Your Mechanic

Maintenance Tips from Your Mechanic


Auto Maintenance Tips

Things You “Auto” Know,

In the automotive repair world we are asked many questions about general maintenance. When should my tires be rotated and why? We agree that it is always good to be in the know about your vehicle and what you can do to keep your vehicle in good running condition.

For most of us when we think of general maintenance we think Oil Changes. In most cases these should be done every 3-5k miles depending on your vehicle. There are also different types of Oil that can be used. You can either get a Conventional Oil change which is “Non Synthetic”. The other options would be: “Semi Synthetic”, “Full Synthetic”, or Diesel Oil Change.  If you get a “Full-Synthetic” Oil Change it is typically more expensive but the oil offers more protection against ware and tare. When it comes to what type of oil you should use, this information is usually readily available in your owner’s manual. Along with regularly scheduled Oil Changes there are also other general maintenance procedures that can help prevent costly vehicle repairs.

Tire Rotation and Tire Wear and Tear

For instance, did you know that every other Oil Change you should rotate your tires? If you have your tires rotated every other Oil Change it will help you get the full life out of your tires and not have to buy new ones prematurely. Rotating your tires will allow the tread on your tires to wear evenly. There is on occasion a nominal fee associated with this procedure but it is an inexpensive measure to take, considering the cost of new tires. Next time you get your Oil Changed ask your shop to inspect the tires and check for unusual tire wear. Once the Technician has inspected the tire and if the Technician recommends rotating your tires ask to see the wear. The Technician should be able to talk to you and show you why they recommend the rotation.  If you have rotations you should also have your Alignment checked as well. Alignments and other general maintenance procedures will be covered in our “Things You Auto Know” article next month! Don’t forget to keep all your automotive repair records so you and your Automotive Shop can keep track of repairs done.

Watch for our article next month as we journey through your automotive questions and concerns together. And if your vehicle is in need of repair work or maintenance please contact either of our shops – Surprise Shop or Goodyear Shop. We’re always happy to help!


The Mechanic

The Benefits of Alignments and Suspensions

The Benefits of Alignments and Suspensions

Vehicle Suspension and Alignment Checks

Regular suspension and alignment checks are a critical part of vehicle maintenance. Your vehicle’s suspension parts are designed to cushion the blow when driving over imperfections in the roadways and contribute to keeping your tires in contact with the road as much as possible, creating a smooth ride and decreasing your stopping distance. Your vehicle’s steering parts keep you going straight down the road and of course, steer your vehicle when you turn the wheel.

Wheel Alignment

Suspension and steering parts can wear and bend as your put miles on your vehicle. Worn or bent steering parts can cause the wheels to become out of alignment. When your wheels are not going straight down the road, it can cause premature tire wear, pulling, and can even affect your vehicle’s fuel mileage. As a manufacturer standard, it is recommended you have your vehicle wheel alignment checked every 6,000 to 12,000 miles as preventative maintenance to help extend the life of your tires and make steering your vehicle easier and safer.

Don’t Wait to Have Auto Maintenance

Waiting until you need new tires to have your vehicle’s alignment done can cost you extra dollars in the long run. Maintaining your suspension helps prevent steering parts from wearing prematurely and also aids in maintaining better control of your vehicle, keeping you and your family safer, especially when making emergency stops and turns in today’s busy traffic.

Remember, Champs Family Automotive technicians can perform suspension and alignment checks on most vehicle makes and models. Contact our shops today for an appointment. Goodyear Shop or Surprise Shop…..Make an appointment today!