Put Gas in and Go

As each of our kids has grown old enough to get a drivers license and a car, this is something we have said to them repeatedly - "having a car is more than put gas in and go." Cars are intricate machines made out of parts that wear down and wear out. If they are taken care of, however, they can last for hundreds of thousands of miles. A car is usually the second most expensive investment we make, next only to our home, so we should make sure we are protecting that investment by performing the manufacturers scheduled maintenance. 

Maintenance can be anything from oil changes to timing belt replacement, and if it's a maintenance item on the spendy side people have the tendency to postpone it due to the cost. Consider a timing belt maintenance, which also involves replacing the water pump and tensioner. Depending on the vehicle, cost can range from $600-$1300 for parts and labor. Ouch! But consider the cost of not doing this repair. A timing belt is not a drive belt or a serpentine belt. The timing belt does exactly what it implies - it times the camshaft, crankshaft and valves with the engines combustion. If this belt breaks the timing of these components is thrown off resulting in bent valves and more often than not, a ruined engine. That timing belt maintenance looks pretty inexpensive next to the $3,000 or more it will cost to repair or replace a motor, or replace the car. 

Manufacturers usually recommend maintenance on the 30's or the 50's, as in thousand of miles. 30k, 60k, 90k, 120k, and so on, or 50k, 100k, 150k. Check your vehicles owners manual for your specific maintenance schedule. If you've gotten behind, now is the time to catch up and avoid the frustration of a breakdown and costly repair. Call or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!

Don't Neglect these Vehicle Maintenance Essentials

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