What Does Routine Car Maintenance Include?

Your car isn’t that much different than any other family member. You’ve got to regularly show it some love to let it know that you care. A smile is nice, a hug is awkward, but the best way is to keep up with your car’s regular maintenance schedule. Every vehicle is slightly different, and you should check with your owner’s manual. There are, though, some basics that are required for most cars.

Oil Change: Most vehicles require oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. This keeps the engine lubricated. Oil changes also help regulate the temperature of the motor and purge the engine of unwanted contaminants.

30/60/90K Maintenance: Many maintenance procedures fall under the 30/60/90K schedule that are recommended every 30,000 miles. These may include safety inspections, engine diagnostics, fuel and air filter replacement, and installing new spark plugs and spark plug wires.

Transmission Service: It doesn’t matter if you drive a vehicle with a manual or automatic transmission, transmissions need to be serviced according to schedule. Transmission service usually includes replacing the transmission fluid, installing a new transmission pan gasket, and, if necessary, installing a new transmission filter.

Timing Belt: If your car uses a timing belt, it is critical that you do not skip or delay replacing it. If your timing belt snaps while the engine is running, it can seriously harm your engine. This substantial damage will almost certainly cost you a considerable amount of downtime and money.

Fluid Flush Services: Your car or truck uses numerous types of fluids, such as power steering fluid, coolant (cooling system fluid), and brake fluid. These fluids need to be drained and refilled from time to time. This will ensure that they are clear of any impurities that stop your vehicle from performing at peak efficiency.

We’re all about giving your car some love at Johnny’s Auto Service. We are a AAA Approved Auto Repair shop, a distinction that only 5% of Southern California shops earn. Even better, we are especially proud of the results from AAA surveys of our customers – we‘ve received 100% satisfied reviews for the last 3 years in a row! Call us at 626-966-5212 or schedule an appointment online for maintenance and repair done right the first time!