Auto Maintenance Tips
As experienced and trained professionals, we stress the importance of performing regularly scheduled maintenance. Our priorities are to maximize vehicle safety, reliability, and minimize breakdowns resulting from wear.
Bringing your car to German Motors for oil changes at 5,000 to 7,000 mile intervals (depending on vehicle) allows us to monitor the condition of your engine and check for any additional concerns that may arise to help avoid potential problems while you are on the road. This type of service does not jeopardize your manufacturer’s warranty.
We can perform all scheduled inspections and major services, regardless of whether or not your automobile is still under the manufacturer’s warranty. Sometimes certain maintenance requirements are not included in a manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, such as transmission services and filter changes. At German Motors, we can periodically replace these items to ensure the longevity of such components.
Upon proper inspection, we provide a cost estimate for necessary repairs. No work is performed without your prior consent. This ensures that you are always informed about the repairs we’re making on your automobile.
As much as we would like to provide you with a detailed list of automobile maintenance tips, the truth of the matter is that modern cars are so advanced that many of the maintenance tips which used to pertain to automobiles, and which were almost universal to them, may not apply to your vehicle. For example, people used to be told to check the tire pressure periodically and to be aware of the state of the tire inflation. These days, your automobile may have tire pressure sensors and this information my be presented to you on the dash board.
Another thing is the oil filter. You may have been told to have the oil filter changed periodically. But your vehicle may have an oil filtering mechanism which is built into the oil pump and which only is replaced when the oil pump itself is changed.
As a young driver I was told to keep an eye on the engine oil dipstick. This was a simple device which simply fitted into the engine and was pulled out from time to time to visually inspect the amount of oil in the engine. These days there may not be dipstick for the engine oil level but instead there might be an oil level sensor.
Yet another example might pertain to the automatic transmission as there might not be a place to put in transmission fluid, that is to say there is no access to the automatic transmission, except during service only. Only a mechanic could check or fill the automatic transmission fluid.
Some mechanics state that cars are now rolling computers and require software updates as well as mechanical work.
Even in the area of entertainment, plain vanilla AM/FM radios have been replaced with CD/MP3 players and satellite radio receivers.
A conversation with a mechanic which is both experienced, has been a mechanic for many years, but who at the same time is keeping up with the latest technologies would be a good idea. He could tell you what sorts of things you need to be aware of in your particular vehicle. This and reading the manual which came with your car are two wise things to do.