PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Preventive maintenance is the care and protection of your vehicle against potential major auto repairs. Negligence is the most common and costly way to see money wasted on repairs that could have easily been prevented through regular service intervals. Depending on your vehicle’s manufacturer, avoiding preventive maintenance on certain parts and components has the potential to void warranty coverage. Car maintenance intervals have been designed to improve the reliability, durability, and resale value of your vehicle. Based upon your driving conditions, these service intervals may arrive sooner than you expect. For example, short commutes can actually hurt a vehicle because most engines thrive during long drives. Driving short commutes, experiencing stop-and-go traffic, and carrying heavy cargo are all aspects of severe driving. However, severe driving can also be reinforced by your environment. Hot or cold weather, mountainous or rough roads, and dusty or salty environments can all affect your vehicle. Because of these innumerable factors, adhering to a rigid service schedule can keep your vehicle operating at maximum efficiency for years to come.

OIL AND FILTER CHANGE

Oil is a lubricant that keeps your vehicle functioning properly. Oil plays an essential role in the engine of your vehicle, where it helps alleviate friction between various moving components. Without the protective layer that oil provides, the heat created from friction would melt an engine’s parts together. As oil runs through your vehicle’s system, it also collects sludge, grime, and other contaminants that can harm the engine. In turn, the oil filter catches these contaminants and helps to prevent them from mixing with the oil. However, the filter can only hold so much. Over time, the small bits and miscellaneous muck will break down the filter’s defenses. When this happens, the result is dirty oil. In addition to being less effective overall, dirty oil can cause permanent damage to some parts of your vehicle. As such, oil and filter changes are considered an important part of vehicle maintenance.

AIR FILTER REPLACEMENT

An air filter allows outside air into an engine’s intake manifold, where the air mixes with fuel to power a vehicle. Playing a defensive role, air filters prevent dirt particles, bugs, and other contaminants from entering the engine and causing destruction. Unfortunately, engine air filters lose effectiveness over time and require replacements. Drivers looking to replace an air filter can choose from three common types: paper, foam, and cotton. Paper air filters are usually cheap, but they generally wear out faster than their counterparts. Foam filters are a popular choice for off-road vehicles, because they have strong filtering capabilities. However, they also tend to clog engines if used and left unchecked. Cotton filters are commonly found on race cars, but can be also used as aftermarket upgrades on everyday vehicles. No matter the type of air filter in your vehicle, it is important to replace the air filter as needed. A dirty air filter can negatively affect gas mileage and make an engine run roughly.

SPRING CHECKUP

A spring checkup helps prepare your vehicle for the hot months of summer. During a checkup, multiple components may be reviewed for efficiency. The battery, an essential component that works particularly hard during the winter months, may be tested and its age considered. If snow tires are equipped on your vehicle, a spring checkup is a good time to replace them with summer tires. In addition, the tread depth and tire pressure of summer tires may be looked at because they can affect gas mileage. Belts and hoses may also be checked to make sure they are intact and sturdy. Potholes usually become more pronounced after winter, so it is important to see if the shocks and struts are in healthy condition as well. From the starting and charging system to the transmission fluid and antifreeze levels, there is much to review during a spring inspection. However, a checkup can ultimately help keep your vehicle safe and save you money in the long run.

WINTERIZATION CHECKUP

When winter is near, many motorists begin winterizing their vehicles to prepare them for the cold, ice, and snow. Winterization involves checking and changing many different components. Coolant should be changed to help ensure that liquids do not freeze and prevent the engine from starting. Likewise, the starting and charging system should be checked. It is important to keep in mind that an old battery is especially prone to failure in winter, because cold weather can slow the chemical reaction required to generate electricity. Other items that may be checked include the windshield wiper blades and tires. During winter, increased precipitation can hinder visibility. As such, it is good to have working blades. Under winter driving conditions, underperforming tires can be especially dangerous. Many motorists switch their regular tires to snow tires, which tend to handle winter conditions better than regular tires. Ultimately, during pre-winter maintenance, our service staff will make sure that your vehicle is equipped to handle the tough winter conditions.

VIP MAINTENANCE SERVICE

We recommend that you take advantage of this service every 6,000 km or 3 to 4 months.

Our technicians will:

  • Change oil
  • Replace oil filter
  • Inspect and top up (if necessary) these fluids:
    • Cooling system
    • Brake
    • Power steering
    • Transmission
    • Windshield washer
  • Inspect drive belt
  • Lubricate hinges, locks and latches
  • Lubricate chassis, steering and suspension components (if applicable)
  • Visually inspect front/rear wheel drive systems, steering system, suspension component, universal joints and boot
  • Detect leaks
  • Visually inspect exhaust system
  • Inspect tires and adjust air pressure
  • Inspect and replace (if necessary) outside lights
  • Inspect and replace (if necessary) windshield wipers
  • Inspect horn

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ANNUAL VIP MAINTENANCE SERVICE

We recommend that you take advantage of this service every 24,000 km or 12 months.

Our technicians will:

Perform the 6,000 km Maintenance Service, plus:

  • Road test vehicle
  • Align wheels
  • Rotate/balance tires and inspect spare tire
  • Service brake system:
    • Disassemble and inspect primary components at all four wheels
    • Clean
    • Lubricate/reassemble, adjust brake shoes (if necessary)
  • Inspect flexible and rigid brake lines
  • Inspect and replace (if necessary) air filter
  • Inspect and replace (if necessary) passenger compartment air filter(s) and pollen filter(s)
  • Inspect cooling system:
    • Test pressure
    • Check pH
    • Inspect hoses and clamps
    • Clean outside of radiator and air conditioning condenser
  • Inspect transmission
  • Inspect:
    • Steering system
    • Suspension components
    • Power train
  • Inspect and lubricate:
    • Accelerator linkages
    • Shifter linkages
    • Space tire retractor (below vehicle)
    • Parking brake cables and linkages

VIP PLUS SERVICE

We recommend that you take advantage of this service every 48,000 km or 24 months—or upon purchasing any used vehicle with an unknown service history.
Our technicians will:

Perform the 6,000 km Maintenance Service and the 24,000 km Annual Maintenance Service, plus:

  • Flush and replace:
    • Cooling fluid
    • Transmission fluid and filter
    • Differential lubricant
    • Hydraulic brake fluid
    • Hydraulic power steering fluid
    • Transfer case lubricant (4X4)
  • Inspect ignition system
  • Inspect and replace (if necessary) spark plugs
  • Performance test heating and air conditioning systems
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Inspect gas fume collection system
  • Inspect clutch system
  • Compliance check airbag system and seatbelt retractors
  • Read computer codes
  • Replace PCV valve

VIP SUPREME SERVICE

We recommend that you take advantage of this service every 96,000 km or 48 months.

Our technicians will:

Perform 6,000 km Maintenance Service, 24,000 km Annual Maintenance Service and 48,000 km Plus Service, plus:

  • Replace timing belt
  • Replace spark plugs
  • Replace ignition cable
  • Clean injection system
  • Test ignition advance (if applicable)
  • Replace hoses and belts

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