Importance of Routine and Preventative Maintenance
Vehicles have thousands of moving parts and a variety of systems that all must work perfectly. Over time, many of those parts wear out and need replacement to ensure your vehicle continues to run as well as possible. That is why many of our customers at Puklich Valley City purchase optional service contracts so that our certified technicians can provide timely and affordable preventive and routine maintenance. So do others who just want to keep their family cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans in their best possible running condition.
Among the most important maintenance schedules that all vehicle owners must follow is the factory-recommended service intervals. The factory maintenance schedules are based on the expected service life of the parts and fluids that make your vehicle run its best. Those parts and fluids need regular maintenance, occasional repairs, and full replacement at regular intervals.
Instead of waiting for a timing belt to go bad or another part to fail and cause you to spend a lot of money on repairs while dealing with a lack of full transportation, preventive maintenance fixes things before they can become mechanical problems. That helps to keep all mechanical systems working their best while helping you to get the best return on your transportation dollars.
Oil, Filter, and Fluids
Among the most basic services that must be done about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles are a full oil and oil filter and change. We drain the oil, remove the old filter and inspect it for signs of engine damage. When everything looks fine, we install a new oil filter and top off the engine with the oil of your choice We also fill the wiper fluid and can change the wiper blades, fuel filter, and other items that many car owners commonly overlook.
Brakes and Brake Fluid
Brakes are incredibly important and have parts that are designed to wear out over a period of time. Specifically, brake pads are designed to lose just a little bit of material every time you use them to slow down or come to a complete stop. The friction material on brake pads is softer than the hardened steel rotors that they grip to provide stopping power.
When the friction material on brake pads wears down too much, the metal rivets that affix the pad to the backing metal plate start to show. The more those rivets show, the more they will make loud squealing sounds when you use the brakes. The squealing and scraping sounds that you hear are a clear indication of damage being done to the rotors. If ignored for too long, your brakes will fail, and that can be very dangerous.
Brake pads, calipers, and rotors can wear out and require replacement. If they still are within manufacturer specs, the rotors can be turned to restore a smooth surface, too. Your vehicle needs good calipers, brake pads, and rotors to work properly. It also needs a properly functioning master cylinder to properly distribute the hydraulic fluid and braking power. Regular maintenance takes care of all of that.
Another issue with brakes is the fluid, which actually draws moisture out of the air. That moisture can build up in the calipers and degrade the hydraulics and braking power. A simple and quick bleeding of all four brake lines at least once per year and a full change of fluid every couple of years helps to ensure your brakes have their best stopping power.
Suspension and Steering systems
Ball joints, control arms, tie rod ends, bushings, and a whole lot more wear out over time and affect your vehicle’s handling. If you ignore worn suspension and steering parts for too long, really bad things could happen. If you ever saw a vehicle with an obviously broken front wheel leaning into it at about a 45-degree angle, that is what could happen when a tie rod end, ball joint, or other part wears out and breaks while traveling.
Our factory-trained mechanics at Puklich Valley City can replace worn parts with factory OEM parts or your choice of aftermarket parts from our well-stocked parts department. We also can perform two- and four-wheel alignment services to ensure your vehicle drives correctly and has all of its suspension components working their best.
You get the best fuel economy and engine power with good spark plugs, wires, and a properly working ignition system. Our technicians can perform routine tune-ups that help you to get the best power and performance from your vehicle. If your exhaust or other related systems need repair or replacement, we can take care of it and ensure your vehicle will pass an emissions test and give you the best gas mileage and emissions control.