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Preventative Maintenance

Auto Repair Technology in Brook Park Ohio knows how important your car is for your daily life. That’s why we want to help you keep it running with preventative maintenance. 

When you properly maintain your vehicle, it extends its lifespan. Whether it’s bringing your vehicle in for its 30,000, 60,000, or 90,000 mile service, we can handle any and all preventative maintenance and automotive repairs you may need. We service both foreign and domestic cars, and all of our services meet or exceed manufacturer requirements.

How to Maintain Your Car

Your car is a complex machine. It has many different moving parts and all of them are important to ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly. You don’t want to leave anything up to chance. You can make sure that all of your vehicle’s parts are properly doing their jobs and that your car remains on the road by following these guidelines:

  • Consult your owner’s manual to see how often you should change your oil filter(approx. every 3K to 5K miles)
  • Check all fluid levels – including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer, and antifreeze.
  • Check tire inflation once a month – under-inflated tires can decrease your fuel efficiency.
  • Keep your engine properly tuned – fouled spark plugs can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 30%.
  • Lubricate the chassis frequently – this extends the life of the suspension system’s moving parts.
  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion – make sure they’re clean or else they can degrade.
  • Check battery fluid level – fill as needed.
  • Regularly inspect engine belts, looking for any tears or breaks.
  • Check air filtration system frequently – typically should be checked at least every other oil change.

Follow these guidelines closely to make sure that you aren’t hit with an unexpected car breakdown. If you don’t think that you have the time or expertise to do the things listed in the guidelines, don’t fret. You can bring your vehicle into our Brook Park, OH auto-maintenance service center, and we can help.

Lubricate and Protect Your Vehicle With Regular Oil Changes 

If you buy a newly manufactured vehicle, the first preventative maintenance service it will have is an oil change at around 500 miles. That’s because a vehicle’s first hundred miles is considered the break-in period and things will start to work in tandem. Just like you would break-in a pair of new sneakers or a new bed, the same goes for a new vehicle. 

Over time, tiny pieces of metal break off and mix with the engine oil. That’s one reason why getting regular oil changes are so important. Oil changes will help flush out debris as well as lubricate all of the parts inside of your vehicle. This will ensure that your engine is healthy and working efficiently. Routine oil maintenance should be done every 3,000-5,000 miles. 

Give Your Vehicles Some Brakes 

Another part of preventative maintenance includes regularly changing your brake pads. You wouldn’t drive a vehicle if you weren’t sure if you could properly stop it, would you? Brake pads can last anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 miles. However, even though this is the case, if you see any of these signs, it’s probably time to have them replaced:

  • Squealing or screeching noises
  • Brake pads are less than a ¼”  thick
  • Grinding sounds when brakes are applied
  • Shaking in the steering wheel
  • Leaking fluid

These signs will let you know if there is a problem, but it’s best to check them often and get the pads changed before you encounter these problems rather than afterward. 

Inspect Your Air Filter and Battery

Two other parts of your car that require regular preventative maintenance are your air filter and your battery. Your air filter is what keeps the air that runs through your engine clean. The filter can get very dirty, and decrease your gas mileage. Replacing our air filters at least once a year will make your car run better. 

A battery will typically last upwards of five years, but could sometimes need replacing as soon as three years. Be sure to check your battery and look for any signs of corrosion. There’s nothing worse than being stranded somewhere because your car won’t start. When it comes to your vehicle’s battery, it’s always better to be on the safe side.

Let a Pro Inspect Your Vehicle 

Cars are complex machines and you’ll want someone who knows what they’re doing to ensure that your car stays on the road. There are preventative maintenance services that you can do on your own, but sometimes you’ll want or need a professional to do it for you. 

Bring your car into our shop and we will perform a vehicle inspection to ensure you are aware of any potential problems with your car or light truck. Always pay attention to your dashboard lights, and always have Auto Repair Technology check it out for you. 

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