FacebookGoogle +

Call us for all your car needs! 281-251-4700

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Car Care Aware

Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association

According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. The following simple and inexpensive preventive checks will greatly extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit the environment.

Always consult your owner's manual for individual service schedules because maintenance requirements vary by manufacturer.

  • Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
  • Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of the vehicle.
  • Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
  • Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle's suspension system.
  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.
  • Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights.
  • Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.
  • Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.
  • Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.
Service Interval Schedule:

Vehicle System or Component

Check Monthly

Check Every 3,000 Miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid


Battery and Cables


Belts


Brakes and Brake Fluid


Cabin Air Filter


Chassis Lubrication


Check Engine Light On


Coolant (Antifreeze)


Engine Air Filter


Engine Oil and Filter

Exhaust


Fuel Filter


Hoses


Lights


Power Steering Fluid


Shock Absorbers and Struts


Tire Inflation and Condition


Windshield Washer Fluid


Wiper Blades


ASSOCIATIONS

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • TECH-NET
  • CARQUEST
  • ALL-DATA
  • IDENTIFIX
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Discount Auto Clinic was recommended by a friend and their reviews were solid so I took a chance. Mike is the owner and he's genuine, straight up and explained the entire process...Car runs great and it was money well spent. Got an excellent warranty as well which is unusual for a transmission rebuild. Ask for Mike or Shelby!
    -Jeffrey C.

  • Excellent service. My daughter was next door in line to take her driving test. They told her the brake light was out, so she could not take the test unless I had the light repaired and she returned to the line by 3:20 pm. It was 2:55 pm. We drove to this place and explained what happened. There were several cars in the bay, but the mechanic stopped, ordered the part, and had us up and running by 3:06 pm.
    -Tiffany B.

  • The service and staff, especially Mike, Shelby and Travis were friendly, helpful, proficient and genuine. Mike even helped by suggesting several ways for me to save money on my car! I really believe they had my best interest at heart and were not just out to make a buck... Fast service at a fair price is hard to find. This is definitely my go to place from now on!
    -Chris T.

  • 5 Stars, We're like family. The service is GREAT. I never leave that building without a smile.
    -Alexander W.

  • First time by and got treated like family. Reasonable price, fast service, and honest techs are hard to find.
    -Christian A.

  • I got an oil change and they fixed my radio for a great deal!
    -Selena C.