When your vehicle is operating well, it is extremely easy to take for granted that it always will. Then, one day while you are running errands or heading to a dentist appointment, you start hearing an unfamiliar noise or you see that the check engine light is now on. Taking your car’s good maintenance for granted is a common issue for many car owners. When you have a relationship with the team at St. Paul Automotive, scheduled maintenance for your vehicle is much easier to accomplish.
What is involved in Scheduled Maintenance?
While scheduled maintenance can mean slightly different things for different cars, most manufacturers recommend the same basic list of services that should be done on a regular schedule. St. Paul Automotive recommends the following:
- Oil changes. Oil is quite literally the lifeblood of your vehicle. Without it, the moving parts of your engine would become so hot with friction that they would seize up. Your vehicle has a number of different fluids to keep it running smooth and for a long time. No other fluid is more important than the oil. It is important to change your oil according to the car manufacturer’s recommendation so that it is free of debris and maintains the proper viscosity.
- Transmission services. Repairing a transmission system that has been neglected can be expensive, which is why we strongly recommend regularly scheduled transmission service. A faulty transmission has difficulty transferring power from the engine to the wheels, and that is a problem that does not improve without attention from a qualified auto repair shop like ours.
- Differential services. Your vehicle’s differential system allows the two rear wheels to turn with respect to each other, while transferring the power from the propeller shaft to both wheels. For example, the differential is designed to compensate for the difference in distance that inner wheels and outer wheels travel as your car takes a corner. This is vital to your vehicle’s drivability.
- Fuel Filter replacement. An old fuel filter will not filter out contaminants and impurities that almost all fuel has. As a result, the old fuel filter can clog and restrict the proper flow of fuel.
- Air Filter replacement. Just as the fuel filter keeps contaminants out of the fuel system, the air filter prevents contaminants from entering the engine. An air filter in need of replacement can cause your engine to misfire, reduce fuel economy and horsepower, and (in extreme circumstances) can cause dark smoke to emerge from the exhaust.
Let St. Paul Automotive help you with your car’s scheduled maintenance. Call us at (651) 298-0956 to schedule an appointment.