6 Most Neglected Auto Services

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At Gary’s Automotive, we’re always here to offer you advice on auto repairs and services. Despite our best efforts, there are many people who still neglect some vehicle services they probably shouldn’t. Some are unaware that these services need more attention, while others may argue that the recommended guidelines  are only there to help the bottom line for garages and dealerships. The truth is, these services are crucial for vehicle performance and reliability and really do need to be paid close attention to. Read on to find out the six most neglected auto  services.

Oil Changes: Oil changes are a vehicle maintenance essential. Next to putting gasoline or diesel into your vehicle, oil is one of the most important fluids you can have in your car. When should you get an oil change? We recommend anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 km depending on the age of your vehicle. Avoiding oil changes can lead to a number of issues, most severe of which is a completely fried engine. If your last oil change a few thousand kilometers ago, call us a book yours today.

Transmission Service: A transmission supplies power from your engine to your wheels and has fluid that helps your vehicle operate.  The system and fluid needs to be flushed and replaced roughly every 60,000 km. It may seem like a long time, but a service as important as this can greatly help extend the life of your car.

Yes, all-season tires exist. Unfortunately in Canada we experience four very different seasons so why only buy tires for one? Our winters are very cold and our summers are hot which makes it difficult for one type of tire to be able to withstand all of the elements. Some choose to have both summer and winter tires, but let them fall into a state of disrepair. Tires are the only part of your vehicle that come into contact with the road. The old adage is to spend money where you spend time, and your tires spend 100% of their time on the road. Investing in the right tires will save you time and money in the long run.

Cooling: Your engine is an intensely strong machine that works hard to keep your vehicle running and on the road. Even though there is plenty of air circulation around your vehicle, the engine needs to stay significantly cooler. The radiator and water pump work together to circulate coolant to keep your vehicle’s engine at a safe temperature. If one vital part fails, your entire engine is at risk of being damaged or failing completely. Have your cooling system inspected during regular maintenance checks is crucial for the life of your car.

Brakes: Brakes are one of the most important components to your vehicle. Without them there is no chance of stopping safely or controlling the speed of your car. After time and frequent wear, certain parts of your brake can become less effective and their overall performance decreases. If you spend your time driving in stop and go traffic, you’ll need to get brake service more frequently compared to someone who often drives on the highway without stopping.  All brake components including the pads, rotors, drums and shoes should be checked at least during every second oil change.

Without belts, your engine wouldn’t work. They are almost more important than the engine itself. Belts work to keep your engine synchronized and in good working order. Neglecting the drive belts in your vehicle can lead to engine failure or a major breakdown. Having them inspected regularly for cracks and wear can save you and your vehicle down the road.


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