Each car manual has a suggested maintenance schedule. Referring to this schedule will help guide decisions on your best course of action for your specific vehicle. However, driving styles vary and some climates cause cars to operate under what is termed "Severe Driving Conditions". Using your car's specific maintenance schedule in addition to a thorough inspection of your car by a trusted professional as well as your driving habits will help you pinpoint a more accurate maintenance plan for your vehicle.
The following are general guidelines and a brief description of several common fluid flushes:
Brake System Flush: Avg. every 30,000 miles
Brake fluid is hydroscopic and absorbs water. At some point, brake fluid absorbs as much water as it can hold. The unabsorbed moisture lowers the boiling point of the fluid causing a loss of brake pressure, the seals to deteriorate, increase corrosion and decrease brake performance. Changing the brake fluid extends the life of the brake system, removes damaging deposits and improves brake performance.
Coolant System Flush: Avg. every 30,000 miles
Keeping an engine operating at a proper temperature ensures a safely running car. Your cooling system is designed to prevent motor oil from overheating in normal or hot driving conditions or freezing in the winter. Your vehicle's radiator and entire cooling system needs to be clean in order to cool an engine properly. An overheated engine is a costly mistake. This flush service can help prevent engine failure!
Power Steering Flush: Avg. every 30,000 miles
Neglected, dirty power steering fluid can possibly compromise the performance of your car and create damage to your steering system. Not flushing contaminated power steering fluid may lead to difficulty steering, a reduction of steering effectiveness, leaks and wear acceleration. A power steering flush improves performance and car safety, provides proper lubrication, quiets system operation, and prolongs the life of the power steering system.
Fuel Injection Service: Avg. every 15,000 miles
Over time, some cheaper grade gas fuels can cause build-ups of wax, dirt and other impurities which clog fuel injectors, affect air flow and decrease fuel efficiency. Think lower gas mileage and decreased performance! The fuel injection service cleans your system from the tank forward. It removes these deposits and restores optimal engine performance.
Transmission Fluid Exchange: Avg. every 30,000 miles
Transmission fluid lubricates, cleans and cools the automatic transmission ensuring a smooth operation. Heat destroys the lubricating qualities of the fluid and over time causes the transmission to slip, the clutch to burn out, and eventually transmission failure. A fluid exchange prevents expensive transmission repairs and promotes smooth shifting both while extending transmission life and validating compliance with your manufacturer's recommendations so you don't void your manufacturer's warranty!
Start 2015 off right by letting our trained professionals at Honest-1 help provide you with an accurate maintenance schedule for your car and your specific driving needs. Detailing a plan and keeping track of it in our computer system will allow you to rest at ease knowing you are doing all you can to help you, your car and your budget. Make an appointment today!