General

What does OEM mean?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

What does Aftermarket mean?

An Aftermarket part is any vehicle part not sourced from the vehicle’s manufacturer.

What Does ASE Certified Mean?

ASE is short for Automotive Service Excellence. Every ASE certified technician must have 2 years on the job training or 1 year in the job training and a 2 year degree in automotive repair in addition to passing the certification exam.

What is an ASE Certified Master Technician?

A technician who passes multiple ASE exams can earn master status in one or more test series and must retest every 5 years to retain their certification.

Belts & Hoses

How often should my hoses be checked?

Hoses should be checked at every oil change for hardening or softening. If the hose is hard or spongy, the hose should be replaced. Other signs that the hose needs to be replaced are cracks, damage and blistering.

Brake System

Why are my Brakes Squeaking?

There are a number of reasons brakes squeak, some may not be an indicator of trouble. When brakes wear down between 1/4th to 1/8th of an inch, a small metal rod called a “wear indicator,” becomes exposed. It’s purpose is to create a squealing noise to alert you that the brake pads need to be changed.

Oil, Filters & Fluids

How Often Should I Change my Oil?

This can vary depending on the type of oil you put into your vehicle and vehicle manufacturer, however, most standard oil and filters require you to change the oil & filter every 3,000 miles or three months. Most synthetic oil and filters require every 6,000 miles.

How Often Should I Change my Coolant?

Coolant should be changed every two years or 24,000 miles on vehicles with standard antifreeze. For extended life coolants, it requires less frequent changes and can be extended up to 8 years. Ask one of our service advisors for more information.

Tires

How Often Should I Rotate my Tires?

Your tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles or every other oil change.

The Tread on my Tires is Lower in Some Places

Uneven wear on your tires can indicate one or more issues including wheel alignment, improper balance, improper tire pressure or bent wheel. You should have your tires checked as soon as you notice the problem to prevent further damage.

Transmission

Preventative Maintenance

What is Preventative Maintenance?

Preventative Maintenance is the regular maintenance of your vehicle. It’s a critical component in keeping your vehicle safe, reliable, running efficiently and increases the overall longevity. Vehicle manufacturer’s test the various parts and offer a recommended service interval schedule.

Preventative maintenance includes:

Automatic Transmission Fluid
Battery and Cables
Belts
Brakes
Cabin Air Filter
Chassis Lubrication
Check Engine Light
Coolant (Antifreeze)
Engine Air Filter
Engine Oil and Filter
Exhaust
Fuel Filter
Hoses
Lights
Power Steering Fluid
Spark Plugs
Steering and Suspension
Tire Pressure and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Wiper Blades

Maintenance Schedule

Check Monthly

Check Engine Light On
Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid

Check Every 3 Months/3,000 Miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid
Battery and Cables
Belts
Check Engine Light On
Engine Air Filter
Engine Oil and Filter
Exhaust
Fuel Filter
Hoses
Lights
Power Steering Fluid
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid

Check Every 6 Months/6,000 Miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid
Battery and Cables
Belts
Chassis Lubrication
Check Engine Light On
Polish
Engine Air Filter
Engine Oil and Filter
Exhaust
Fuel Filter
Hoses
Lights
Power Steering Fluid
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Wiper Blades

Check Every 9 Months/9,000 Miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid
Battery and Cables
Belts
Check Engine Light On
Engine Air Filter
Engine Oil and Filter
Exhaust
Fuel Filter
Hoses
Lights
Power Steering Fluid
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid

Check Every 12 Months/12,000 Miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid
Battery and Cables
Belts
Brakes
Cabin Air Filter
Chassis Lubrication
Check Engine Light On
Coolant (Antifreeze)
Engine Air Filter
Engine Oil and Filter
Exhaust
Fuel Filter
Hoses
Lights
Power Steering Fluid
Spark Plugs
Steering and Suspension
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid
Wiper Blades

A/C Repair Oil Change Air Filters Cooling System Repair Brake Repair Engine Repair