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The Importance Factory Maintenance

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No matter what type of vehicle you happen to drive, the manufacturer has prescribed a regular maintenance schedule to keep your car or truck running at its best. This is commonly called factory scheduled maintenance, or 30/60/90K maintenance—so called because the usual schedule for these maintenance services is every 30,000 miles or so. Many drivers see this maintenance schedule as optional—after all, why take the car in if it’s still running? However, this schedule is not simply a ploy to get you to spend money at the auto repair shop—it’s important for the overall health of your vehicle and to avoid costly and avoidable auto repairs.

 

Why is factory maintenance so important?

 

You should pay attention to your factory maintenance schedule for several important reasons:

  • Your warranty may depend on it. Some manufacturers place such importance on 30/60/90K maintenance that not following the schedule could void your vehicle warranty.
  • It can prevent small problems from becoming big ones. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the saying goes. Regular maintenance can identify possible problems early before they cause a breakdown or damage other parts, saving you possibly thousands of dollars down the road.
  • It can prolong the life of your vehicle. Regular maintenance doesn’t just keep your car running; it keeps it running efficiently, which translates to more miles over its lifetime.
  • It helps retain your car’s value. If you ever sell the vehicle, you’ll sell it for more if it has been kept in good shape.

 

What does the maintenance involve?

Typically, the first step in 30/60/90K maintenance is to inspect the vehicle’s major systems for signs of problems, followed by any of the following maintenance procedures as needed:

 

  • Replacing spark plugs and/or plug wires
  • Replacing filters
  • Checking fluids (brake, coolant, transmission, etc.) and topping off or replacing fluids
  • Tire rotation and pressure check
  • Oil change
  • Timing belt inspection
  • Brake servicing

During proper maintenance, a trustworthy mechanic will notify you of any potential problems, but won’t replace parts that don’t need replacing (part of what saves you money during maintenance). As a rule of thumb, the higher the mileage on the car, the more likely parts will need to be replaced. (The timing belt is usually changed at 90,000-100,000 miles, for example.)

 

Car and Truck Warranty Factory Maintenance - Available at THE SHOP in Alvin 77511

 

Does the dealership have to perform the maintenance?

While factory scheduled maintenance may be required as part of your warranty, that doesn’t mean the dealership has to do the maintenance, although they like to make it seem that way. Your warranty will remain intact as long as you have the service performed by a certified auto repair specialist. In this way, you can receive quality service while avoiding the premium rates charged by the dealership service department.

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Brakes – Things You Need to Know

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Why is it important to get my brakes inspected at the first sign of a symptom?

 

Worn brake rotor, pad, and caliper with wheel and tire removed

 

When your car starts creating abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, start investigating the issue sooner rather than letting the condition worsen. Waiting will only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. For example, rotors start to warp and become damaged when completely worn brake pads and shoes exceed their lifespan, shortening the life of healthy parts due to the metal on metal grinding that occurs.

 

What sounds, noises and sensations indicate I need brake repairs?

 

Pay attention. Sounds, smells and sensations signal brake problems:

 

  • Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing and other eardrum piercing noises are common indicators that your brake pads & shoes require inspection. This should be addressed before worn pads cause damage to other parts, which could result in more expensive repairs.
  • Vibration and pulsation in the pedal or your steering wheel. If this is a familiar feeling, your brake system is telling you something. Wait any longer, and your rotors might get warped from the metal on metal rubbing, potentially costing you a lot more in repair. Stop in as soon as possible if you are experiencing this unpleasant problem.
  • Pressing down farther to complete braking functions. This symptom is not as prevalent as it used to be, but if you’re pressing down farther than usual on your brake pedal to stop your car, requiring more pressure and time to perform the same stopping function, you have entered the first stage and sign of brake pad wear. Don’t play around with your brake pedal, you can only press so far before you’re in a frightening, “I have no brakes” predicament.
  • That pungent burning smell near your tires is screaming “help!” If you’re detecting noxious odors emitting from your tires, stop what you’re doing and please call or visit your local Firestone Complete Auto Care. Unfamiliar and pungent smells, such as what you’re experiencing, are not normal and could have dangerous consequences if you continue to drive under these unsafe conditions. Your best solution is our brake inspection to see what part of your braking system has been compromised while driving with this smelly symptom.
  • Brake warning light. If your brake warning light comes on visit us as soon as possible and ask us to perform a free brake inspection.

 

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What other warning signs can I look for if I think my brakes are wearing out?

There are many nuances to every car’s braking system, so we’d rather not overload you with worst case scenarios and model specific warning signs. We wouldn’t want you to go through the trouble — or worry — of diagnosing a symptom that is rare and hard to detect on your own.

 

If you have questions about your braking system that weren’t described in the previous questions, please call us 281-756-9500 or Contact Us

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