Properly maintaining your automobile is crucial to how many miles you will realize from the machine. Even if you buy a new vehicle every two years, scheduled preventative maintenance visits ensure your car, truck, or SUV always runs at peak efficiency. This saves you money in the end, which is why Gulf Breeze Automotive in Gulf Breeze FL, is your one-stop-shop for vehicle maintenance.
Lube, Oil, and Filter
Most people refer to this as an oil change and depending on your vehicle’s make, model, year, and engine type. You’ll need one at least every 3,000 miles. Engine oil lubricates crucial engine parts to prevent damaging friction. Over time, the oil loses its viscosity and effectiveness. Check your owner’s manual to see how often you should have your oil changed.
Your vehicle’s chassis also requires regular lubrication. Front-wheel drive vehicles have CV joints that drive the wheels. U joints provide propulsion for rear-wheel-drive vehicles. If the joints run dry, they will fail, which can be a costly repair. A chassis inspection is recommended every six months to ensure the joints are lubricated properly.
Your vehicle has other fluids besides the engine and chassis oils to ensure it runs as it should. Your transmission fluid (also called oil) isn’t lifelong despite the recent hype from automobile manufacturers. You also need to have your brake, power steering, and windshield wiper fluid checked regularly and flushed and refilled when dirty or low.
Speaking of transmission fluid, your vehicle’s transmission, whether automatic or manual, should be serviced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If necessary during the service, the transmission fluid will be drained and replaced with fresh transmission oil. We will also drop the pan and inspect it for rust or other damage and replace the transmission filter.
Today’s tune-up is a bit different from the tune-ups of old. Spark plugs last longer these days, up to 100,000 miles in some cases, but we still check them alongside the plug wires and fuel injectors. Our tune-up service includes checking all belts, hoses, and fluids even though we’ve discussed the fluids above. We’ll also inspect the engine and perform a diagnostic check.
Tire Balance and Rotation
Every other oil change is the recommended tire rotation schedule, so every 6,000 miles. If you fail to rotate and balance your tires regularly, they will wear down unevenly. Uneven tire wear reduces the lifespan you’ll get out of your tires and also causes unsafe conditions such as blowout risk. Bring your vehicle in, and we’ll rotate and balance the tires.
If you pull your owner’s manual out of the glove compartment and flip to the maintenance section, you’ll see you need 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 mileage services. Whether you drive a foreign or domestic vehicle, our ASE-Master Certified Technicians have vast experience in mileage milestone maintenance to keep your vehicle road-ready at all times.
Preventative Maintenance Near Me
Gulf Breeze Automotive in Gulf Breeze, FL, are vehicle maintenance experts. Call us today to schedule an appointment.