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  • Writer's pictureTony Begley

Car Care Tips

Updated: Feb 23

At Begley Auto Repair we want our customers in the Bradenton area to get the most out of their vehicles.

What's the key to keeping your car running for a long time? Following the recommended maintenance intervals outlined in your owner's manual and checking for potential problems before they happen are essential to overall vehicle maintenance. But, when the time for necessary auto repairs arrives, remember where to turn: Begley Auto Repair.

Follow the car care tips below to keep your vehicle running reliably:

  • Change the oil within the suggested intervals. Checking and changing your oil and oil filter will help your vehicle run smoothly. While changing your oil as required is important, using the manufacturer's recommended oil for your vehicle can improve gas mileage by 1 - 2%.

  • Moving components require lubrication and should be checked as often as the oil is changed. Driveline components, like CV and U-Joints, are flexible components that if not properly lubricated, can break down and cause other major components to go with them.

  • Transmission and differential fluid are other important fluids to check during service intervals. Unusual noises, sluggish shifting, or abrupt gear changes are all signs that your transmission service interval is quickly approaching or has passed. For fluid specifications, be sure to consult your owner's manual for your manufacturer's recommended transmission fluid type and viscosity.

  • Pay attention to battery life. Battery connections should be kept tight, clean, and free of corrosion. Batteries rarely provide warnings before failing, so be sure to seek battery replacements as necessary.

  • Brake fluid can attract moisture, which will corrode components. Brake fluid should be replaced once a year to keep calipers, hoses, and other components in top operating condition. Other important fluids to consider changing on a regular basis include power steering fluid and coolant. Each fluid has its own service interval, so be sure to check with the manufacturer.

  • Fully functioning climate control systems are important to your comfort and overall safety. A complete flush and fill of the coolant system is necessary for ridding the system of dirt and rust collected from the engine, radiator, and various hoses. Refrigerant may also be checked prior to the onset of warmer seasons.

  • Wheel alignments can realign your wheels to your manufacturer's specifications. Wheel alignments improve straight-line tracking and reduce tire wear. If you feel unusual pulling to to one side it may be time for a wheel alignment.

  • Avoid stop and go driving. This wastes fuel and adds unnecessary wear and premature age to crucial components.

By following these tips and the service intervals listed in your owner's manual you can guard against major repairs and unexpected failures. Proper vehicle maintenance can save you money in the long run while improving your safety and the safety of your passengers. Neglecting suggested services at regular intervals can also void vehicle and parts warranties.

A smiling car cartoon after following Begley Auto Repair Car Care Tips

Stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance and visit us today or contact us when your vehicle needs to be serviced by our professionals.

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