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Master Car Maintenance Without Breaking a Sweat

Maintaining your car seems like a no-brainer. But you’d be surprised how many people neglect the important tasks that keep cars running smoothly.

Get the most out of your vehicle and avoid unnecessary and costly repairs by paying attention to these systems and following some simple tips.

The engine

Here are the services that should be performed periodically to keep your engine humming along as it should:

  • Change the oil according to your owner’s manual’s recommendations.
  • Change the oil, air, and fuel filters.
  • Have the PCV valve checked.
  • Spark plugs and spark plug wires should be inspected.

Your transmission

Keep an eye on your transmission fluid to avoid added wear and tear and to extend the life. Sidenote: A transmission is an expensive fix that can usually be avoided with preventive maintenance.

The emissions system

If you want your vehicle to run quietly AND efficiently, you’ll stay on top of the emissions system. It does important job, all while hanging on the bottom of your car.

Needless to say, it can take a beating. Having it inspected once a year is standard, but always defer to the wisdom of your owner’s manual and what your trusted mechanic suggests.

Your brake system

You’ll notice a theme here – always go to your owner’s manual. It’s certainly true for your brake system.

Few parts of your vehicle are as critical for safety as your brakes. Have them inspected at the interval your manual and mechanic suggest, but make an appointment ASAP if you notice anything unusual.

The cooling system

This system keeps your engine at the right temperature by pumping coolant between your car’s radiator and engine. It’s a good idea to have hoses checked periodically, as well as the levels of coolant in the reservoir tanks.

The last thing you want when you’re cruising on a warm spring or summer day is for your car to overheat. Avoid this disaster by keeping up with cooling system maintenance.

Your suspension system

Your vehicle’s suspension system consists of:

  • Shocks.
  • Springs.
  • Exhaust system.
  • Struts.
  • Steering.
  • Tires.

All these components work together to keep your car safe and comfortable on the road. Diagnosing an issue with this system can be tricky because an obvious problem in one area may be caused by something elsewhere.

Sound confusing? Here’s an example:
If you notice that your tires aren’t wearing evenly, it could be that your alignment is off. A skilled mechanic like the ones at Conrad’s will have no trouble diagnosing your problem.

Trust your vehicle’s care to the experts

A trusted mechanic is a vital component of a preventive maintenance strategy. The expert auto technicians at Conrad’s will treat your car like it belongs to their own mother.

That’s service you can count on. Stop by or give us a call today!

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