Most drivers know the importance of caring for their vehicle and making sure it gets routinely serviced. Maintenance appointments are a huge reason why you are able to get an extended lifespan out of your vehicle while also enjoying sustained superior performance. While most mechanics understand the basics and vital services needed for any maintenance appointment, there are often some overlooked maintenance tips that if left unattended can compound problems for years to come. Here is just some of the most common overlooked car maintenance keys that can help your vehicle stay in good condition.
Power Steering Cleaning
Usually power steering is something that goes unnoticed until it is too late. Your power steering fluid can pick up a lot of dirt that will clog steering components and eventually leads to a complete failure. Periodically having your power steering system flushed as well as adding power steering additive will help to maintain the system’s function and prevent clogging or failure.
Most drivers know the importance of tire rotations but wheel alignment often goes overlooked and unattended to. An improper alignment will not only alter the handling of your car but it also can cause problems for your tires and suspension. Your tires may rub and wear faster due to misalignments and even something as inconsequential as hitting a curb can drastically alter the suspension. Routinely having your alignment checked will make sure that your tires are facing the right way and there is no rub on your tires.
Timing Belt Replacement
Not every vehicle has a timing belt so it is extremely important to know what your car has under the hood. Often undiagnosed, a broken timing belt can occur suddenly and without warning signs and can lead to extensive damages to multiple components under the hood. Each manufacturer has different mileage limits for timing belts but usually it’s recommended to get your timing belt checked every 50-60,000 miles to avoid issues.
You often don’t think of having your A/C serviced until it’s too late in the summer or winter. While your A/C doesn’t need to be checked with every service appointment, having it looked at every so often to ensure that the A/C compressor is properly lubricated and all of the seals are intact will spare you from failure when you need it most.
Complete Brake Services
Brake fluid can actually absorb water out of the air and into the brake system. If this occurs over time it begins to corrode the internals of the hydraulic system. You can have your brake fluid tested and if it is dirty dark brown in color that means it needs to be flushed and replaced by your reliable auto mechanic.
Fuel System Cleanings
Every second that your engine is running it accumulates carbon, sludge, dirt and other debris. As this build-up grows it alters the levels of fuel that can pass through the system and reduces the power of your engine. This not only reduces the fuel efficiency but it also affects the drivability of your car as well. Perform a fuel system cleanings as little as twice yearly by putting a fuel additive into the gas tank. This helps break down the sludge and build up and will maintain your engine’s power and performance.
Where to Find Mechanics to Get the Jobs Done
In addition to the routine maintenance and service your car needs, the experts at Auto Europa have been providing drivers in San Francisco with full vehicle car for years. Specializing in European-made cars our experts understand the ins and outs of properly maintaining your vehicle. When you choose Auto Europa whether your car needs simple service or larger repairs, you will find each car gets the same high level of care from:
- Full points diagnostic inspection to locate and isolate the issue
- Use of high quality factory tools and equipment to provide manufacturer level service and repair work
- 1-year/12,000 mile warranty on our work
- Experts with over 25 years of experiencing servicing and maintaining European vehicles
Our specialists come backed with an A+ rating from the BBB as well as an average rating of 4 stars on Yelp. This means that not only do other mechanics trust our work above the rest but also drivers know that when they choose Auto Europa they are choosing a higher level of quality and service. If your car is in need of overlooked and overdue car maintenance or you would like to schedule an appointment for service with one of our specialists please call Auto Europa today.