Keeping your vehicle maintained is one of those things that you must do to keep it running properly. Without oil changes, transmission services, tune-ups, brake services and other auto maintenance services, your car could let you down in a big way. The one thing you need to remember about a vehicle, if one thing goes wrong due to lack of maintenance, it could very likely affect something else.
Maintenance Services at APA Total Car Care
We perform any and all maintenance services on all makes and models of vehicles. The maintenance we perform meets or exceeds all manufacturers specifications and keeps your vehicle’s warranty intact.
The services listed below are some of the many maintenance services we perform at APA.
- Oil Change
- Transmission Service
- Power Steering Service
- Differential Service
- Transfer Case Service
- Fuel Filter Replacement
- Air Filter Replacement
- Cabin Air Filter Replacement
- Spark Plug Replacement
- Wiper Blade Replacement
- Tire Rotation and Balance
- 4 Wheel Alignment
The Importance of Regular Auto Maintenance Services
Ignoring regular maintenance for your vehicle could end up costing you a lot of money at the most inopportune time. Every vehicle has a factory recommended maintenance schedule. The manufacturers create this maintenance schedule as a baseline for the minimum amount of maintenance a vehicle will need when used in “normal driving conditions”
We all know that driving in the Phoenix heat is far from normal driving conditions. For this reason, we may recommend maintenance at different intervals than the manufacturer in order to keep your vehicle in top condition.
Other important reasons to regularly maintain your vehicle include:
Proper Maintenance Extends Your Vehicle’s Life
Keeping up with maintenance keeps many problems from happening and prevents costly repairs. Changing and flushing fluids keeps everything clean inside the engine, transmission, and cooling system. It also keeps old fluids that become sludgy from gumming up the inside of the engine and transmission. Coolant breaks down over time and stops working efficiently. This lowers the coolant’s ability to transfer heat and can cause overheating issues in the desert’s hot sun.
Proper Maintenance Reduces Repair Costs
If you wait too long to repair something, it could cause damage to other components. Regular vehicle maintenance allows technicians to see if you have upcoming needed repairs. For example, a mechanic can tell you when your brakes are almost ready to change. That’s better than you hearing the squealer and not being able to get in for a week. That squealer is a piece of metal on the brake pads. It makes noise when it hits the brake rotor to tell you it’s time to replace the brake pads. If you let it go too long, in the best case you’ll have an embarrassing squeal when stopping. In a worst case, you’ll damage the rotors and have to replace them.
Regular maintenance also allows auto technicians to find leaks, dry-rotted hoses and belts, and more. These types of visual checks can keep you from getting stranded at the most inconvenient time.
Proper Maintenance Increases Safety
The most obvious increase in safety is that with regular maintenance, you are less likely to break down at night, on a busy highway, or in a dangerous section of town. Regular maintenance also finds problems that could cause accidents when they finally let loose. For example, if a tie rod end or ball joint is excessively worn, a universal joint is about to fail, your brakes are worn down to nothing, or the tires are worn on the inside edges, catching this before catastrophic failure is a must!
Granted, some of these items are things that people can check themselves, but many either do not know what to look for or never think of looking at these things. Having a trusted auto technician check these during your regular maintenance allows you to drive with the confidence of knowing that your vehicle is going to get you to your destination dependably, safely, and without any hiccups.
Contact APA Total Car Care
If it’s time for regular maintenance on your vehicle, contact APA Total Car Care by phone at 480-539-6872 or by using our online scheduling form.