We can take a look under the hood
Every month :
- Lights inspection and tire pressure verification
Every 5000 Km
- Oil change and oil filter replacement
- Visual inspection of serpentine belts
Every 10 000 KM or 6 month
- Tire rotation and balance
- Brakes inspection
Every 20 000 km to 40 000 km or when a visual inspection indicates
- Air filter replacement
- Fuel filter replacement
Every 40 000 km to 60 000 km
- Automatic transmission service
Every 100 000 km or 4 years
- Timing belt
A good regulation of the alignment is essential in a pleasant road handling but will also have a sure influence on the premature wear of your tires. Even if you do not feel a discomfort or a irregularity in the steering wheel, it is wise to measure the alignment at least once a year or every 24000km.
We first think of the battery as the element that allows us to start our engine during winter but we also see many failures of batteries in the heights of summer. The majorities of the batteries of origin are sealed today and perform many years of good services. It is wise to include a good check of your battery during your spring and autumn service, making sure the battery terminals are always cleaned from the accumulation of the sulphuric acid residue
Responsible for the ignition of the mixture air-gasoline in your engine, your spark plugs and cables of ignition are important elements for the quality of your cold starting up and also influence the cleanliness of exhaust gases and your consumption.
Heating And Cooling
The same system which assures you heating and defrosting in winter is completely vital in the preservation of the good temperature of operation of your engine. The antifreeze liquid contained in the system must be tested at least once the year, before the cold season. According to the formula of antifreeze agents contained in your car, the manufacturer of origin can recommend the replacement every 2 years or 48 000 km.
Today, practically all the vehicles have air-conditioning. If we base ourselves on our refrigerator at home, we could believe that such a system is without maintenance, but, your refrigerator does not circulate on our roads! It is wise to inspect these systems in 2 years.
Brakes are important! The braking systems involves a lot, with among others the addition of anti-skating electronic control (ABS). A visual inspection of its constituents is essential and is very well made during the tires rotation, for example. The hydraulic fluid which passes on the braking effort is very sought, absorbing big changes of temperature and humidity. It is usually advised to replace it every 2 years or 35 000 km. Brakes are a main part of your safety and at AUTOCARE, they will be verified during each visit.
Liquid And Filters
We are all very familiar with the “oil change”, recommended every 5000 to 8000 km dependent on the model and on the mileage of the vehicle. However, items subject to inspections and the punctual replacements of other fluids and filters are among the most important of your plan of maintenance. It is essential to use the good formulations of lubricants, antifreeze and hydraulic fluids for every application to honor your guarantees, of origin or prolonged. The air filters, cabin filters, fuel filters or transmission filters have all the function to remove inevitable contaminants before they cause damages.
The great majority of vehicles in circulation today are provided with fuel injection. More precise and less polluting than carburetors, these systems fit constantly the conditions and your style of driving ,the temperature and the atmospheric pressure. You should not believe that these systems are without maintenance. In long run, deposits and residues after combustion can accumulate and damage gradually the quality of the fuel injection. A good maintenance should include an injector cleaning. You will notice the difference, both in performance and during cold starting up.
Manual or automatic, your gearbox works very hard. It passes on constantly the driving power in the road. Its regular maintenance is one of the most forgotten services of the industry. Certain manufacturers recommend the replacement of the transmission fluid and its filter every year or 50 000 km. Some transmissions are very sophisticated and go as far as “adapting” themselves electrically to your style of driving. They can require certain adjustments during their services. To avoid very expensive repairs, make sure to follow the recommendations of your AUTOCARE specialists.
Your tires are the only thing between you and the road. Their pressure and their condition must be absolutely controlled at every service of. It is also wise to make the rotation every 10 000 or 12 000 km to obtain a uniform wear from it. Do not mix different tires and do not change a size without having consulted. The maximal wear authorized by the law is of 1,6mm. You can then count on the advice of our specialists to find the type of tires which is most convenient for your vehicle and your driving.
Furthermore, the new law on the Automobile of Quebec will make obligatory winter tires from winter, 2008. Their main characteristic is that their rubber is better adapted to low temperatures and “does not harden”, so assuring a maximum control on snowy or ice-cold roads. Always use 4 identical tires, of the size recommended by the manufacturer. A set of winter wheels will save on installing and repetitive dismantling and will protect the appearance of your summer mags. Ask our specialists to choose the best winter tire for your vehicle and your budget.
Steering And Suspension