It is important maintain your vehicle to make it last longer. Taking proper steps can help prolong an engine and transmission life.
The first maintenance I recommend is replacing your engine oil on time. Quality engine oil and oil filter should be used and engine oil and oil filter should be replaced every 3,000 miles or every 3 month whichever comes first. The reason behind changing your oil frequently is because there are fine particles circulating in the engine oil. Examples are: worn bearings shavings, lifters, dirt, and foreign contaminants that will be removed in an oil service. When these contaminants circulate around the engine, it may prematurely wear out moving parts.
The second maintenance service I recommend is replacing antifreeze every 2 years or every 24,000 miles. Antifreeze is responsible for removing engine heat. The engine heat is removed by a mean of dissipation. Heat is transferred from the combustion chamber to the cooling system. Then the antifreeze (the fluid in your cooling system) carries the heat and heat is dissipated by the radiator and cooling fan. Also, antifreeze helps prevent rust buildup in the cooling system.
Third I recommend replacing your transmission fluid on time. The transmission is responsible for moving your vehicle forward. Without the transmission the vehicle will not go anywhere. It is recommended to replace the transmission fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles whichever comes first. Since automatic transmission contains clutch packs. It is natural that the clutch will wear out and clutch particles will start to circulate around the transmission system. Since the automatic transmission is very complex and has many moving parts. Particles and foreign contaminants can decrease the transmission life span.
Fourth I recommend replacing your:
– Spark plug every 60,000 miles
– Air filter every 7,000-10,000 miles (depending in the area you are driving)
– Fuel filter every 30,000-50,000 miles
– Fuel injector cleaner should be used at every engine oil change.
Fifth, many people overlook this one. It is important to use quality gasoline. Using cheap gasoline can leave carbon deposit on your intake and exhaust valves which can potentially decrease engine compression.
Think of gas as food for your vehicle, the better quality the food the better your vehicle work work and last. Same as our bodies.
Sixth, Inspection! Your vehicle should be inspected for any potential leaks. Check the top of the vehicle for valve cover leaks and possible coolant leaks around the thermostat housing, heater core hoses, and upper radiator hoses. The vehicle should also be inspected on the bottom of the engine and transmission.
The engine and transmission pan should be inspected for any potential leaks. Also check leaks between the engine and transmission for a potential leaky rear main seal.
The big secret is, maintaining your vehicle on time and giving the vehicle proper attention and will prevent future repairs down the road and give you vehicle a more pocketbook friendly and longer life.
Let’s get your vehicle past the 200,000 mile mark together! Give us a call at Jorge Alonso Auto Repair if you have any questions or want to discuss any maintenance or repairs you need.