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General Vehicle Maintenance

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General Vehicle Maintenance

The long-established centerpiece of the automobile sector, known as the "tune-up," has experienced significant transformations over the years. Despite certain misconceptions, contemporary vehicles still necessitate tune-ups for optimal functioning.

With the swift advancement of technology, the methods involved in conducting a traditional tune-up have undergone a considerable evolution. Sophisticated ignition and fuel systems have become standard, integrating one or more onboard computers to regulate critical engine and transmission functions.

Neglecting proper vehicle maintenance can impede your ability to reach your intended destination. For modern vehicles, a thorough inspection of various systems is essential during the 21st Century Tune-up, including the battery, charging and starting engine, mechanical powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks), fuel ignition, and emissions.

To ensure peak performance, fuel efficiency, and reduced emissions, the Car Care Council recommends that drivers invest time in familiarizing themselves with their vehicles. Study the owner's manual meticulously to grasp the operation of all systems, paying special attention to indicator lights and instruments.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Some of the ensuing advice can be managed by any do-it-yourselfer, while others necessitate the expertise of a professional auto technician.

Mechanical Troubles

An inconvenience at any time, mechanical failure can be perilous during winter. Preemptive maintenance is imperative. A well-maintained vehicle not only offers a more enjoyable driving experience but also has a longer lifespan and may command a higher resale value.

Engine Performance

Resolve any engine drivability issues (like hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) at a reputable repair shop. Replace clogged filters, such as air and fuel filters.

Fuel

Add fuel de-icer to your tank monthly to prevent moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Maintaining a full gas tank also deters moisture build-up.

Oil

Follow the manual and change the oil and oil filter as directed, especially if your driving primarily consists of frequent short trips or stop-and-go traffic.

Cooling Systems

Regularly check the coolant level, condition, and concentration, and ensure a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water. Refrain from removing the radiator cap until the engine has cooled down. Have a professional examine the drive belts, clamps, and hoses.

Windshield Wipers

Replace worn wiper blades with rubber-clad (winter) ones to combat ice build-up. Always keep a sufficient amount of windshield washer solvent, and carry an ice-scraper.

Heater/Defroster

Ensure that the heater and defroster are functioning correctly for passenger comfort and optimal driver visibility. Remember to replace the cabin air filter periodically.

Battery

Detect a weak battery accurately with professional equipment. Routinely remove corrosion from posts and cable connections and check the fluid level if the battery caps are removable.

Lights

Regularly inspect all lights and bulbs, replacing any burnt-out bulbs and cleaning lenses as needed.

Exhaust System

Elevate your vehicle and examine the exhaust system for leaks. Inspect the trunk and floorboards for small holes as exhaust fumes can be dangerous.

Tires

Worn tires are ineffective in winter weather. Check tire pressure monthly, examine tread life and for uneven wear, and rotate tires as recommended. Also, ensure the spare tire and jack are in good condition.

Emergency Kit

Stock up on essential emergency gear such as gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flashlight. Keep some high-energy snacks in the glove box as well.

Preparing Your Vehicle For Summer

The heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic of summer can take a toll on your vehicle. Combine that with the wear from the previous winter, and you might be at risk of a breakdown. However, regular maintenance can reduce the chances of mechanical failure, ensuring that your vehicle lasts longer and retains a higher resale value. Some of the following tips can be easily implemented, while others may require the expertise of a skilled auto technician.

Air Conditioning

Have your air conditioning system examined by a qualified technician, especially if it's showing signs of marginal operation. Check and replace cabin air filters as directed in the owner's manual.

Cooling System

The primary cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Ensure that the cooling system is flushed and refilled regularly, with a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water. Check the condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses.

Oil

Adhere to the manual and change the oil and oil filter as recommended, especially if you frequently make short trips, travel with heavy luggage, or tow a trailer.

Engine Performance

Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, and address any engine drivability issues promptly.

Windshield Wipers

Keep a clear windshield by replacing worn wiper blades and ensuring an adequate supply of windshield washer solvent.

Lights

Routinely check all lights and bulbs, replacing any that are burnt out and cleaning lenses as needed.

Tires

Rotate your tires regularly, check tire pressure monthly, and inspect them for tread life, uneven wear, and cuts. Have your alignment checked if there's any uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.

Brakes

Regularly inspect your brakes as per the owner's manual, and address any minor issues promptly to avoid major problems.

Battery

Battery failure can occur at any time. Use professional equipment to accurately detect a weak battery. Maintain your battery by cleaning corrosion and ensuring the proper fluid level if the battery caps are removable.

Emergencies

Carry essential tools and a first-aid kit. Include flares and a flashlight, and consider having a cellular phone on hand.

Also being able to maintain your vehicle in harmony with the environment is a mutually beneficial strategy. A well-maintained and efficiently operated vehicle is safer, lasts longer, and according to ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians, can have a 50% longer lifespan.

The following tips can guide you toward wallet-friendly car care practices:

  • Ensure your engine is well-tuned, as a misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
  • Adhere to the service schedules outlined in your owner's manual, replacing filters and fluids as recommended.
  • Regularly check your tire inflation, as underinflated tires lead to wasted fuel and increased engine workload.
  • Address any issues with wheels that are out-of-line, as uneven tread wear and vehicle pulling can cause unnecessary strain on the engine.
  • Observe speed limits, as mileage drastically decreases above 60 mph.
  • Adopt a smooth driving style, avoiding sudden accelerations and jerky stop-and-go movements. Use cruise control on open highways to maintain a steady speed.
  • Avoid excessive idling, shutting off the engine while waiting for extended periods.
  • Modern vehicles warm up quickly, so avoid prolonged warm-ups on cold winter mornings.
  • Remove unnecessary items from your vehicle to reduce weight and enhance fuel efficiency.
  • Store luggage and cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to minimize air drag.
  • Plan your trips efficiently, consolidating errands to reduce unnecessary driving. Opt for travel during lighter traffic times to avoid stop-and-go conditions.
  • Consider participating in a carpool to further reduce car costs.

Remember that how your car runs, how you drive it, and how you handle its fluids, old parts, and tires all have significant implications on your finances.

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what our customers say

They are awesome. We will only use them from now on. Went in for 2 front tires, and had gotten a safety inspection. We were sure we needed drivers side brakes replaced and had mentioned it to them. They really could have taken us for more money but they are truly HONEST. They told use all the brakes on the car were great and the only thing they recommended was an alignment. So glad we stopped there instead of the cheaper place "Walmart". This establishment cares and is honest. I will recommend them to everyone I know.
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, 06/22/2023

I could not be happier with the professionalism and service of the these guys! I had major damage to my daughter’s engine and they made sure I was completely aware of everything that was going on. They sent pictures, emailed, called…. They took their time and did exceptional work. Zero surprises Fees were fair and reasonable I never felt like they were taking advantage of me because I am a girl (which happens sometimes) Absolutely the best repair shop. They gained a forever customer.
D
, 05/17/2023

My truck's water pump gave out, and the serpentine belt flew off on the highway. I had my insurance company tow it to Williams Automotive Inc. I spoke with Jeff, and he informed me of what the damage was. He gave me a best and worse outcome for the fix. It has been my experience that when you are given two options of what may happen from an automotive shop, it's usually the more costly repair that you get to deal with, according to them, when they get back to you about it. However, surprisingly, Jeff got back to me via text with a picture of the object in question and informed me that the cheaper fix will do. I was shocked to say the least, and definitely happy about the good news. I believe they did excellent work, and gave me excellent customer service at a reasonable price. Would not hesitate to go back if/when needed.
B
, 06/09/2022

10 out of 10 as always. The mechanics do great work, no one tries to up sell you on anything. If a new or potential problem is discovered, while your car is being repaired for the original reason it's being worked on, NO additional or surprise repairs are done without the customer's approval first. Customer service is top notch, always professional and courteous, and the customers are always greeted like family. We will not take our vehicles anywhere else.
M
, 08/07/2020

Fair, honest, and good to deal with. They could be a bit faster on getting parts, they could be located better. But really in spite of those two things there is no one I would rather trust with my cars. I tried someplace else just to be closer to the hose. That was a huge mistake.
D

These guys are AMAZING!!!!! They will treat you like family and as if your car was their own. They don't upsell you on anything. They just tell it like it is, and get straight to the point of your problem. They're thoughtful, kind, generous, and they know what they do and do it well. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them!!!!
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