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Wondering what type of check-ups your car should be having to maintain its top running health? For peak performance of your ride, you should be going well beyond an oil change. Take a look at the list below and learn how (and why) you should be showing your car the TLC it deserves.

1. Oil Changes

Regular oil changes are the simplest way to extend the life of your car and save major headaches and expenses related to breakdowns and repairs. Without a regular oil change, buildup will start to occur in the cooler parts of the engine and lead to carbon deposits coming from the old oil. This will likely lead to an expensive engine cleaning or worn-out piston rings.

On the flip side, adherence to routine oil changes

  • Leads to better engine performance thanks to a clean and lubricated engine that provides a smooth, quiet ride.
  • Provides protection from dirt and debris buildup in your engine’s components
  • Improves your gas mileage. Better lubrication means less friction slowing down your engine.
  • Extends your engine life.

When should you have this service performed?

While the historical refrain was traditionally “every 3,000 miles”, improvements in oil chemistry and engine technology have meant that cars can now drive significantly farther before needing that oil change. Consult your car’s manual to find the mileage number recommended for your particular vehicle.

2. Air Filter Changes

Clogged air filters reduce your gas mileage, horsepower and may even cause your engine to run rough and eventually stall.

When should you have this service performed?

When determining when to replace your air filter, you should take into consideration both how many miles you drive annually and the atmospheric conditions of where you are driving. (Rural dirt, roads and urban areas with lots of dust from construction will likely lead to filters getting clogged more quickly). The range can be anywhere from every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Ask your trusted mechanic to examine your air filters and let you know if it’s time for a change.

3. Brake Pad Changes

Brake pads are the friction material that gets pressed against a metal disc or drum to stop your vehicle. Over time, as you use your brakes, it wears until it finally needs to be replaced.

When should you have this service performed?

There is no clear-cut schedule for when to replace your brakes as it is depends on where (crowded urban areas will wear more) and how you drive (if you ride your brakes, etc). Most brake pads come with a wear indicator. As the pad wears down, this small metal tab comes closer and closer to the brake rotor until it ultimately comes into contact and makes a slight screeching or scraping sound. When you hear that sound, it’s time to change the pads. It is also a good idea to have the pads checked whenever you rotate or change your tires.

4. New Tires

Driving on worn tires is a danger to yourself and others on the road due to the loss of traction which can lead to anything from difficulty stopping to a complete loss of vehicle control- particularly during South Florida rainy conditions.

When should you have this service performed?

You should inspect your tires on a regular basis. Look for any bulges, cracks or gouges on the surface of the tire. You should also check the wear on your treads, which can be done with a penny. Simply hold Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger and put his head into one of the grooves where the tread appears to be the lowest. If any part of Abe’s head is covered by the tread, you are still driving on safe tires. If not, your tire’s ability to grip the road is compromised and it’s time to head to the shop for a replacement. Once your tires have been in use for five years, you should have them checked annually by a professional. If your tires reach ten years past their manufacture date without replacement, you should have them replaced even if they aren’t showing other signs of wear.

5. Fluid Change

Over time, your transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant can break down- reducing its efficiency.

When should you have this service performed?

The best thing to do is have all your fluids checked and topped off at every oil change. Transmission fluid should be flushed out around every 50,000 miles.

There are numerous services that you car should be receiving if you want to maintain its health and extend its life. A good repair shop should be able to create and provide you with a schedule for these services so it is one less thing you have to remember.

Griffin Auto Care, Inc. is a full-service automotive repair and body shop. From routine maintenance to complete collision repair to custom fabrication & accessories, we service all brands and will treat your car with the utmost care and professionalism. To make an appointment for your car, please contact Griffin Auto Care or call 561-659-0765.

Sources: Primer Magazine, Cars.com, Angie’s List

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