When it comes to caring for your automobile, preventive maintenance is the easiest way to ensure that you avoid more expensive and serious problems. By bringing your car into Greg’s Japanese Auto at regular intervals, you will keep your car in working order and decrease the risk of major malfunctions. Prevention is always better than simply reacting to issues your car has.
How Often Does My Car Need Maintenance?
Every automobile manufacturer sets standards and guidelines for how often scheduled maintenance should occur. You can find these recommendations from the manufacturer of your vehicle in the owner’s manual. Generally, manufacturers list recommended routine maintenance according to mileage because that is a more accurate way to measure your vehicle’s needs than by time frames.
While manufacturer recommendations vary, they often suggest routine maintenance roughly every 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, or 90,000 miles. These numbers exclude things like oil changes, which should occur every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Regardless of recommended timing, you should always bring your car in when you start to hear unusual noises, smell anything out of the ordinary, or a maintenance light appears on the dashboard.
What Kind of Maintenance Can I Expect with Regular Visits?
Oftentimes, scheduled maintenance covers checks and exchanges you may not know your car needed. Most people think the oil, air filters, and brake pads are the main things that need regular checks, but there are quite a few vital fluids that need to be replaced regularly. You can think of a 30,000-mile maintenance visit as a vital fluids maintenance visit. This tends to happen roughly every 2 years. At that time, we change transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and exchange the cooling system. The needs of different cars vary, but most of the time, you can expect the replacement of spark plugs to occur every 90,000 miles.
I Don’t Have to Take My Car to the Dealer?
All of your import auto repair needs can be met at Greg’s Japanese Auto. Dealerships often use more expensive parts and charge more for the same amount of time and work. Our experience and specialty in imported vehicles means we know your Japanese vehicle as well as the dealership does. Contact us today to schedule a routine maintenance appointment.