Scheduled Maintenance

Car repairs can be expensive. Performing regular scheduled maintenance can help you keep you apprised of what your car will need in the near future as parts wear. Checking the brakes, suspension, and steering are just part of keeping track.

Power Steering flush will help keep steering rack in good condition. Contaminated fluid can cause the power steering pump and the rack to fail. Follow your owners manual and only put the appropriate fluid in your power steering reservoir.

Broken coil springs can be spotted during a scheduled maintenance. Most people are unaware when a coil spring is broken. Usually coil springs break on the bottom coil where it isn’t always visible.

Ball joints and control arms wear out. They wear slowly, and spotting it early can help you prepare for the expense of replacing the control arms on your car or other suspension components.

Exhaust systems do need attention over time. While exhaust pipes and mufflers are made of more rust resistant steel than in the old days, the clamps and brackets still rust and can break. In modern cars you may not even notice if your car has an exhaust leak until it becomes a major one. Making sure the exhaust hangers are all intact with periodic inspections will help the exhaust system last. Missing hangers allow the exhaust to flex and will stress weld joints and gaskets to the breaking point.

Belts and hoses. Drive belts should be inspected for and replaced when excessive cracks are spotted. Radiator hoses will become soft and begin to swell, they should be inspected with every service as well.

Checking for oil leaks is also important. Not only do you have the problem of losing motor oil or smelling burnt oil under the hood but oil leaks can cause other problems. Motor oil softens rubber. That leads to swollen hoses or broken engine mounts, to name a few.

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