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Maintenance

Maintenance. Regular maintenance is the single most important thing you can do to maximize the efficiency, longevity and value of your vehicle. Let us help you keep your ride in top condition. Follow instructions in your owner's manual for minimum maintenance, or ask us for recommendations for maximum efficiency and longevity based upon our experience with your vehicle type and driving patterns.

Low maintenance doesn't mean *no* maintenance. Feel free to ask us about anything related to your vehicle, it's our job to keep you on the road, running safely and efficiently!

Fluid changes. Various fluids are used to lubricate, conduct heat, and protect the systems in your vehicle. Like any protectant, they are meant to be sacrificial; they are less expensive to replace than the more expensive system they are protecting. These fluids wear out as chemical bonds are broken mechanically (being scrubbed between parts like gears or bearings in your transmission or axle), thermally (overheating), or because of contamination (condensation of atmospheric moisture or other mixing with incompatible substances). Some fluid systems are completely or mostly closed and therefore require infrequent maintenance, like automatic transmissions, power steering, brakes and axles. Fluid replacement for closed systems are usually low maintenance, except when they encounter heavy use, break down with age, or the system has been breached by a broken seal or malfunction. Partially open systems, like engine oil, interface with the atmosphere and the fuel your engine burns and require regular changes to minimize fluid breakdown and contamination. Regular engine oil and filter changes are key to a long vehicle life and low repair costs. Oil is cheap compared to an engine rebuild.

Filter changes. Filters keep contaminants from circulating through systems so the fluids in those systems can be maximally effective. A clogged filter will reduce fluid or lubricant flow, which can cause a system to overheat and wear excessively. Since it's difficult or impossible to know the condition of a filter without removing them from their system and inspecting them directly, it's prudent to change them as part of a comprehensive maintenance schedule. Filter inspection often reveals clues about a system's health, and can help you save money on repairs by addressing potential problems early on.