Automotive Repair West Frisco TXAt Meineke, we are specialists in automotive repair in West Frisco, TX and we know how important preventive maintenance is to keeping your car on the road and out of our service bays. Preventive maintenance is less expensive and less time-consuming than major repairs; but many car owners still don’t understand the point of bringing their car in to us when it’s not broken.
If you are one of those car owners, here are some of the regular, preventive maintenance tasks that must be done to keep your car in top shape and why you shouldn’t skip them:
1. Oil and Filter Changes
Regular oil and filter changes are the single most important thing you can do for your car. Motor oil lubricates and protects every part of your car’s engine. When the oil gets old and dirty, it loses its viscosity, which translates to increased friction in the engine. Increased friction means more wear on parts that can lead to an engine breakdown.
2. Tire Rotation and Balancing
In normal driving, the front tires take more punishment than the rear tires because they handle the cornering forces in turns. Because they take so much punishment, they wear out faster. That’s why it’s important to rotate rear tires to the front and front tires to the rear periodically to make sure the tires wear evenly. This extends the life of the tires and can prevent a blow-out in a worn-out tire.
3. Battery Check
Losing battery power in the middle of a busy highway is one of the worst car problems you can have. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on your battery and to visually inspect it for signs of corrosion or leaking. You must also remember to keep the age of your battery in mind so that you can replace it before it’s too old to run your vehicle.
4. Change Windshield Wiper Blades
In Texas, the sun can damage all of the rubber parts of your car including your wiper blades. Check them yourself from time to time or have your mechanic check them when you take your car in for automotive repair in West Frisco, TX. A sudden downpour and wiper blades that won’t clean your windshield can lead to a serious accident.
5. Check Belts and Hoses
Your mechanic should also routinely inspect your car’s belts and hoses to look for cracks, leaks or stretching. A belt, usually the serpentine belt, that has stretched from age and heat will slip and cause major systems in your car to fail – like the electrical and air conditioning systems. Hoses, like those leading from your radiator to your engine, that are old and brittle will become compromised, leading to a loss of coolant. A loss of coolant could mean a cracked engine block.
6. Check Fluid Levels
Always make sure to check and top off fluids when necessary. You must check your engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and even your windshield washing fluid regularly. If you’re not sure how to check them, take your car in to a mechanic to have them checked. Fluid levels that are too low can cause systems in your car to work less efficiently or to break down altogether.
For the best preventive maintenance and automotive repair in West Frisco, TX, bring your car to us at Meineke. Call us at (214) 307-6166 to schedule an appointment and visit us online at www.northtexasmeineke.com to look for valuable service coupons.
Automotive Repair West Frisco TX
North Texas Meineke
2972 FM 423
Little Elm, TX 75068