MAINTENANCE

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTENANCE

  • Oil and Oil Filters
  • Air Filters
  • Brakes
  • Auto & Car Battery
  • Belts
  • Cooling
  • Ignition
  • Shocks/Struts
  • Transmission
  • Wipers

Oil and Oil Filters

Having your oil and oil filter changed, at least as often as recommended by the manufacturer, is likely to generate the single biggest return on your investment in routine auto service and maintenance. Replacing the dirty oil and filter will help protect the internal parts of the engine from premature wear. It’s important to use the recommended grade of oil for your vehicle for the best protection and fuel mileage. See your vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended oil change interval, or follow the oil-life monitoring system, if equipped.

Air Filter Replacement

A dirty air filter prevents the engine from breathing properly. Change the air filter once a year or when recommended in your Owner’s Manual. Change it more often if you drive in dirty or dusty conditions.

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If your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter, change that too. A dirty cabin air filter reduces the airflow through the vehicle’s ventilation system. Cabin air filters help keep pollen, fumes, smoke, and other materials from reaching the inside of a vehicle. See the owner’s manual to determine if your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter.

Brakes – Brake Service and Replacement

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Brakes often have wear indicators that produce noise when it’s time to change the pads. Or your brakes may feel different when you press on them. If you think there may be a problem with your vehicle’s brakes, have them inspected with us. As an Independent Service Center that features quality parts.

Drive Belt Maintenance

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Drive belts are essential for keeping your vehicle’s electrical (alternator), engine cooling (water pump), and air-conditioning systems running. Having them inspected periodically and replaced when necessary means you’re less likely to experience a broken belt and the resulting vehicle breakdown.

Batteries and Battery Charging

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If your vehicle is a few years old, have the battery and charging system tested to be sure that your auto battery has the power to start your vehicle and that your alternator is recharging the battery as it should. Interstate Batteries have some of the best warranties in the industry, and our alternators are 100% performance- and reliability-tested to help provide you with a quality, proven product.

Cooling System Maintenance

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A cooling system that is clogged or low on fluid can cause serious damage to the engine and other components. Get into the habit of checking the fluid level regularly, and have the fluid changed or flushed when recommended.

Ignition System Maintenance

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Though many spark plugs are designed to last 100,000 miles, they can still get dirty or fail prematurely. Ignition wires lose insulating ability over time, and the connection to the plug or ignition coil can degrade as well. Having your service technician regularly inspect your ignition system can help you avoid conditions that may result in poor performance or reduced fuel economy.

Suspension System Maintenance – Shocks and Struts

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The suspension system affects your vehicle’s steering, braking power, and stability, so it’s important to have these functions inspected regularly and to replace parts when they become worn—and dangerous! We can fit your style and budget and that feature a competitive, limited lifetime warranty. It’s also important to have other chassis items, such as tie-rod ends, control arms, and ball joints, checked periodically.

Automatic and Manual Transmission Maintenance

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Automatic transmissions have become more sophisticated with additional gears and computerized electronic controls and are designed to work with the engine controls. For best operation have your automatic or manual transmission inspected and serviced as recommended in the owner’s manual.

Windshield Wipers: Wiper Blade Replacement

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Don’t wait for a rainy day to discover that your windshield wipers are worn and need replacement. Worn wipers can hinder visibility in rainy or snowy conditions. ANCO BLADES have a curved design that conforms to the shape of your windshield and provides constant pressure for a smooth, uniform wipe.

Environmental Awareness & Recycling

Keeping your car or truck properly maintained can sometimes create a mess. While providing excellent service and parts, we also take pride in acting responsibly when it comes to keeping the earth healthy for future generations. We’ve got to do our part to keep it “green.”

Oil and Oil Filter Recycling

What should you do with your used oil? Simply recycle it. Oil filters too. Put the used oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid, and take it to an authorized used-oil collection facility. Many oil-change shops and service stations will also take used oil and oil filters, or contact your local recycling center.

Auto Battery Recycling

Did you know battery recyclers can reuse almost 99% of an old battery? Batteries can be taken to Interstate Battery retailers or authorized service stations. And, with Interstate battery recycling program, recycling couldn’t get any easier. Next time you’re in need of a battery, just bring the old one to your Interstate. Interstate will take care of the rest.

Tire Recycling

Many states forbid tires in landfills—all the more reason to recycle them! If you take your vehicle to professionals to have the tires replaced, they normally dispose of the old tires for you (sometimes for a small fee). If you want to dispose of the tires yourself, take them to your local recycler. However, not all recycling centers accept tires. Some centers that do take tires charge a fee. Check with your local recycler to see if it accepts tires.

Radiator Fluid Recycling

Many repair shops recycle used radiator fluid. Simply secure it in a tightly sealed container, and take it to one of these shops.

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