Keeping up with auto maintenance is an important part of reducing breakdowns, extending the life of your vehicle, and enjoying the best gas mileage. It is not surprising, however, that there are many questions that people ask when making decisions about what to get done and where to do it. Here are the most commonly asked questions about auto maintenance.
- Do I have to take my vehicle to the dealership for auto maintenance? If you purchased a maintenance plan, it is in your best interests to go there because you’ve essentially already paid for each visit. In the absence of that, you can take your vehicle to any auto shop you like without affecting the warranty.
- Will using aftermarket parts void my warranty? The use of parts other than OEM will not cause an automatic denial of warranty work. However, if the part itself has caused the problem, that is a different story.
- What are the most common auto maintenance services? At different points during the life of your vehicle, you can expect to replace the air filters, change the engine and other oils, service or replace the battery, rotate tires, flush the brake fluid, flush the power steering, inspect the exhaust system, inspect and repair the brakes, replace the cabin air filter, replace the timing belt, inspect hoses, and replace the filter and service the transmission.
- What is the timetable for most auto maintenance services? The most frequent service is oil, lube, and filter which is done between 3,000 and 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. Tire rotation can be done at that time too. Most system flushes are done every 1 or 2 years. The best way to know what should be done is to work with an automotive technician that has experience with your vehicle and that you trust to keep your auto maintenance up to date.
Here at Joyce Automotive, you can be assured that your vehicle will be kept in top condition, and we’ll honestly assess the various components to let you know when service or repairs are necessary. We offer a wide range of auto maintenance and repair services to keep your vehicle operating safely and efficiently to give you many years and miles of service. Call today with any questions you may have.