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Exploring Some Common Car Maintenance Myths

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A little bit of knowledge can go a long way when it comes to properly maintaining your car. However, there are a number of car maintenance myths that remain “common knowledge,” despite the fact that automotive technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. Your Tucson auto repair shop will be happy to answer any questions you have to ensure you know the truth about caring for your car.

3,000-mile Oil Changes

While it’s true that better oil formulas mean your oil can last upwards of 5,000 or even 10,000 miles before it needs replacement it is still a good idea to change your oil every 3,000 miles.  Because of the high heat and dusty conditions in Arizona, unless you are using synthetic oil, it is still recommended to get regular oil changes.  The best way to ensure you’re not changing your oil excessively, or as often as you should, is to check the recommendations on the product and talk to a trusted auto repair specialist about your recommended oil change schedule.

462867995Chassis Lubrication

A few decades ago, cars often required chassis lubrication to maintain undercarriage flexibility. However, any car built within the past few decades shouldn’t require chassis lubrication—furthermore, adding lubrication to a chassis that doesn’t require it can lead to a new set of problems that will require auto repair in the future.

Transmission Flushes

Your transmission does need regular care and maintenance to continue performing properly; however, most transmissions don’t need a flush until the vehicle has driven 60,000 miles or more. If your transmission has a filter, it’s more important to change the filter regularly to ensure it is clean than to have your transmission flushed.

You can schedule maintenance or repairs for your personal vehicle or company fleet by calling Automotive Recalibration Center at (520) 433-4147. Our auto repair specialists are dedicated to providing you with fast, effective repairs and maintenance services to protect your valuable investment. You can check out our website for even more information and auto care tips.

Essential Maintenance Tips for Your Engine

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Maintaining your engine will prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns from affecting you while on the road. Keeping your engine in good shape will also improve your gas mileage and boost the overall performance of your car. If you have specific questions about how to keep your car’s engine running smoothly, talk to your auto mechanic for more tips.

Change Your Oil Regularly

One of the simplest and most effective engine maintenance practices you should always observe is changing your engine oil regularly. The mileage you get out of your oil will vary depending on the type of oil you use and the type of driving you do; talking to your auto mechanic can help you develop a schedule that’s best for your needs. Regardless of whether your oil lasts 3,000 miles or 10,000 miles, changing it on time is an important part of keeping your engine clean and reducing wear on its moving parts.

Dirty air filter

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Your vehicle’s air filter not only keeps the air you breathe while driving clean, it keeps the air pulled into the engine clean as well. A dirty engine is more likely to break down, as dust and debris affect the ability of each component to do its job properly; furthermore, a dirty filter affects your engine’s ability to pull in fresh air, degrading its overall performance. Most automotive specialists recommend changing the air filter in your car every 10,000-15,000 miles; your mechanic can check your air filter during regular tune-ups.

Maintain Your Transmission

Your transmission’s performance is tied into the performance—and health—of your engine. Thus, transmission problems often translate directly into engine damage, costing you money and causing inconvenient breakdowns. Maintaining your transmission is the best way to prevent these situations; have your mechanic check your transmission regularly, and repair any transmission problems you notice promptly.

At Automotive Recalibration Center of Tucson, we are here to help you maintain your engine for excellent vehicle performance. Please visit our website to explore our full range of auto repair and maintenance services, or contact us today by calling (520) 433-4147.