Regular automotive maintenance will ensure a long life for your vehicle. The most common or regular maintenance tasks include checking the engine oil, filters, light bulbs, brake pads and rotors, and brake shoes and drums. Other important parts that need less frequent maintenance include sensors, coolant, transmission oil, clutch, tires, and gaskets. These parts are all designed with engine mechanics and natural wear in mind. That means they are designed to wear out instead of a more sturdy expensive part. When you maintain your vehicle by having these parts serviced and replaced as they wear, it prevents damage to more expensive parts and will extend the life of your vehicle.
Automotive maintenance schedules are published in owner’s manuals. Depending on the manufacturer and the specific parts used in your vehicle, some parts may last a longer or shorter time than the same part on your friend’s vehicle. At Joyce Automotive in Lakeland, Florida, we are familiar with each make and model and will be able to recommend an appropriate service schedule for your vehicle.
Some regular automotive maintenance will be similar across different vehicles, such as changing your engine’s oil, oil filter, and brake pads. Other things will need to be maintained, but will have more variation across makes of vehicle. For example, transmission fluid works just like the engine oil does, only inside the transmission. It does need to be changed, but the time intervals between each change are different depending on who manufactured your car. Some manufacturers may recommend changing transmission fluid every 20,000 miles, while others say it is okay to wait 150,000 miles. Our technicians are always paid on salary, which means you can trust our automotive maintenance recommendations.