Customers Ask Honest-1
I want to take care of my car. In fact, it is one of my most important investments. How do I keep my car on the road with the fewest costly repairs saving me money in the long run?
An important key to car longevity is following a consistent maintenance schedule including maintenance flushes. If you want your car to last longer, save on gas, and prevent costly repairs, fluid flushes are a necessary part of car ownership. But, how do you know when your fluids should be flushed?
In order for your car to operate properly, it relies on a variety of different fluids. These fluids lubricate and protect various parts and systems in your car and are integral to proper functioning of your vehicle.
Although these fluids can take some wear and tear, over time they can break down or can become contaminated with dust and dirt making them essentially ineffective.
Each car manual has a suggested maintenance schedule. Referring to this schedule will help guide decisions on your best course of action for your specific vehicle. However, driving styles vary and some climates cause cars to operate under what is termed “Severe Driving Conditions”.
In Arizona, our severe heat and the increase of dust and airborne contaminants may increase the frequency of when certain maintenance items need to be performed. Use the maintenance schedule, get a thorough inspection of your car by a trusted professional, and evaluate your driving habits to pinpoint a more accurate maintenance plan for your vehicle.
The following are general guidelines and a brief description of several common fluid flushes:
Brake System Flush: Avg. every 30,000 miles
Brake fluid is hydroscopic and absorbs water. At some point, brake fluid absorbs as much water as it can hold. The unabsorbed moisture lowers the boiling point of the fluid causing a loss of brake pressure, the seals to deteriorate, increase corrosion and decrease brake performance. Changing the brake fluid extends the life of the brake system, removes damaging deposits and improves brake performance.
Coolant System Flush: Avg. every 40,000 to 60,000 miles
Keeping an engine operating at a proper temperature ensures a safely running car. Your cooling system is designed to prevent motor oil from overheating in normal or hot driving conditions or freezing in the winter. Your vehicle's radiator and entire cooling system needs to be clean in order to cool an engine properly. An overheated engine is a costly mistake and in AZ, and one we see all too frequently! This flush service can help prevent engine failure!
Power Steering Flush: Avg. every 30,000 miles
Neglected, dirty power steering fluid can possibly compromise the performance of your car and create damage to your steering system. Not flushing contaminated power steering fluid may lead to difficulty steering, a reduction of steering effectiveness, leaks and wear acceleration. A power steering flush improves performance and car safety, provides proper lubrication, quiets system operation, and prolongs the life of the power steering system.
Fuel Injection Service: Avg. every 30,000 miles
Over time, some cheaper grade gas fuels can cause build-ups of wax, dirt and other impurities which clog fuel injectors, affect air flow and decrease fuel efficiency. Think lower gas mileage and decreased performance! The fuel injection service cleans your system from the tank forward. It removes these deposits and restores optimal engine performance.
Transmission Fluid Exchange: Between 50,000 and 90,000 miles depending on vehicle
Transmission fluid lubricates, cleans and cools the automatic transmission ensuring a smooth operation. Heat destroys the lubricating qualities of the fluid and over time causes the transmission to slip, the clutch to burn out, and eventually transmission failure. A fluid exchange prevents expensive transmission repairs and promotes smooth shifting both while extending transmission life and validating compliance with your manufacturer’s recommendations so you don't void your manufacturer's warranty!
Start 2017 off right by letting our trained professionals at Honest-1 help provide you with an accurate maintenance schedule for your car and your specific driving needs. We service all types of vehicles! Detailing a plan and keeping track of it in our computer system will allow you to rest easy knowing you are doing all you can to help you, your car and your budget. Make an appointment today!