Scheduled Maintenance

 

Following the maintenance schedule provided by your auto manufacturer will help you avoid common vehicle maintenance pitfalls. Here are some of the items you’ll want to pay close attention to:

Oil Changes

Some cars call for 5,000-mile change intervals, some up to 15,000-miles. Others have a variable timer. Follow the schedule and use the oil called for by the manufacturer. Thinking of taking your vehicle to one of those Lube Specialty shops that lure you in with that $29 oil change? Did you know that their average sales ticket is over $XX? It’s their job to lure you in with a low price and then upsell you once your car is in their bay. Don’t be fooled. At Colchin, we’ll do a quality oil change (you’ll actually spend less with us if you sign up for our Oil Service Club) and we won’t try to sell you anything you don’t need. We want to be a shop you know you can trust. That’s why we guarantee all auto work 100%!

Dirty Air Filter

Semi-clogged air filters hurt your vehicle’s fuel economy. If you go near dirt, the air filter may need changing twice as often as the schedule calls for.

Brakes

You should have your brakes inspected regularly but if, in between inspections, you notice anything different about your brakes — sound, feel or response — they are telling you to visit a mechanic. Now. And please, don’t get lured in to some brake shop advertising $99 brake replacements. No reputable shop can do a decent replacement for that price, period. When it comes to the safety of your vehicle, stick with the pros not the cheap guys. Just my opinion …

Timing Belt, Spark Plug Wires and Coolant

Check your manual to see when your manufacturer recommends servicing these items. We’ll also inspect these as part of your FREE 6-month Inspection just to be sure everything is in safe working order.

What Octane Should You Use?

The rule is to supply whatever octane the engine is rated for. Higher-than-required octane does not yield more power or mileage so save your money.

Often times you can even get away with using a lower grade octane than suggested by the manufacturer. Todd, not sure what your stance on this one is. Edit as you see fit.

Proper Tire Inflation and Rotation

Tires leak naturally and need the occasional check. Underinflated tires cause your vehicle to use more gasoline. Under- or overinflated tires wear out sooner, and can be a safety risk in emergency situations.

Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation on both pressure and rotation periods.

Windshield Wipers

We recommend installing heavy-duty Winter wipers in the Fall so that you’re sure to be able to count on them when the snow begins to fly. Then replace those with fresh new wipers in the Spring to get you through rainy season.

You’ll find more detailed information in your owner’s manual. If you have questions about scheduled maintenance, please feel free to call us at 303.431.5321 or contact us via email.

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