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Car Maintenance and Repair: What You Need to Know

Owning a vehicle is a huge responsibility.

If you want it to last a long time, you have to take care of it!

Just like you go to the doctor for check-ups and when you have the sniffles, your vehicle needs the same kind of attention.

Let’s look at some of the common maintenance and repair issues you’ll probably face at some point over the life of your car.

Batteries, starters, and alternators

If your car isn’t starting as quickly as it should or if you notice your lights dimming, there’s a good chance there’s something wrong with one of your electrical components.

Here’s what to watch out for:

  • Problems starting
  • Charging problems
  • Dimming lights
  • Charging system indicator light on your dashboard is lit

If your vehicle exhibits any of these symptoms, you’ll need to bring it in so that one of our ASE certified technicians can figure out what’s going on and fix it!

Brakes

Your brakes are the most important safety system on your vehicle! Be attentive to changes you may experience.

Bring your car in to be evaluated if you notice:

  • Squeaking.
  • Grinding.
  • The brake pedal having a soft feel.
Sometimes your brakes won’t give you much of a warning at all that something is amiss.

Why not come in for Conrad’s free, no-obligation brake inspection?

Engine and transmission repair

Any time that your check engine light comes on, you need to have your vehicle looked at.
At Conrad’s, our technicians have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to figure out exactly what’s going on and to repair it!

Oil changes

Keeping up with your routine oil changes will lengthen the life of your vehicle.

At Conrad’s, we give you loads of free “extras” when you come in for an oil change:

  • Lubricate steering linkage
  • Top off under-hood fluid levels
  • Check tire pressure and tread depth
  • Lube all the door hinges
  • Inspect wipers, headlights, bulbs, and your air filter

With over 30 locations throughout Northeast Ohio, you’ll have no trouble finding one that’s convenient for you!

Shocks and struts

When’s the last time you had your struts and shocks inspected?

We offer a free, no-obligation inspection so that you don’t experience expensive or dangerous problems with your suspension or steering components.

After the inspection, we’ll give you a full report about your struts and shocks and our technicians will make recommendations based on their observations.

Suspension and steering services

A breakdown of steering and suspension parts can lead to alignment issues and damage to your tires.

Have your vehicle evaluated by one of our skilled technicians today.

Tune-ups and engine performance

Here are the warning signs that your car may need a tune-up:

  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Less power or acceleration
  • The check engine light comes on
  • Stalling
  • Rough idle

Our expert technicians can diagnose the problem and fix it by cleaning or replacing:

  • Air and Fuel Filters
  • Spark Plugs and Wires
  • Fluid Levels
  • PCV Valve
  • Distributor Cap and Rotor
  • Battery Terminals
  • Belts & Hoses

At Conrad’s, we can provide the total car care you need! Make an appointment today!