Preventive Maintenance Reasons to perform routine Preventive Maintenance on your vehicle

Preventive Maintenance is a schedule of planned maintenance actions aimed at the prevention of breakdowns and failures. The primary goal of preventive maintenance is to help prolong the life of the vehicle and reduce vehicle failures therefore providing a worry free driving experience. Automotive technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well today and down the road, is routine preventive maintenance. Many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday automotive basics.

 

A recent survey by the Car Care Council found:

  • 38 percent of cars had low or dirty engine oil.
  • 54 percent had low tire pressure.
  • 28 percent had inadequate cooling protection.
  • 19 percent needed new belts.
  • 16 percent had dirty air filters.
  • 10 percent had low or contaminated brake fluid.

For your convenience, the Car Care Council developed a Service Interval Schedule to help you keep track of regular maintenance. Most of the checks and services described here can be done at little or no cost. Best of all, they are quick and easy to do.About Us

Our service facility is independently owned and operated providing full-service repair and maintenance services. We use the latest diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is repaired or serviced properly and in a timely fashion.

We are a member of TECH-NET Professional Auto Service, an elite performance network, where independent service facilities share common goals of being world-class automotive service centers.

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We employ trained professional technicians that are ASE-certified. ASE is a measurement of knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE-certified technicians. Our goal is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service performed on your vehicle.

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You're covered by our TECH-NET Profressional Nationwide warranty, providing protection on qualifying service and repairs for 12-months/12,000-miles/40 kilometers which ever comes first. Contact our service center for complete details.

Got a New Car? A Few Tips That You May Not Have Known Source: S & S Service Centers
by Jerry Holcomb

In the last two years, the automakers have done whatever they could in order to sell new cars. Zero percent financing, tires-for-life and free Maintenance for the life of the vehicle are several of the enticements they have offered to get us to purchase a new vehicle. And needless to say, some of them are very good deals. Heck, I even bought my first new vehicle in 33 years thanks to zero percent financing! But beware of a few things the dealers are doing to keep you coming back:

1. Some dealers are telling customers that they must have their new vehicles serviced at their dealership in order to keep the warranty in effect. This is absolutely false! The Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 expressly forbids manufacturers from requiring you to return to their dealerships for normal Maintenance work as long as the parts used in the repair or Maintenance equal or exceed OEM (original equipment manufacturers) quality. At S&S, we use top quality CARQUEST parts and Pennzoil lubricants in nearly every repair we perform, and they all meet or exceed OEM specifications.

2. Several dealers offer a "free Maintenance for the life of the vehicle" package to keep you coming back to them. A couple of things I have heard concerning those plans cause me concern. The first is that they only use the manufacturer's Maintenance schedule for the "free" service, which means most are offering a "free" oil change only every 7,500-10,000 miles. At S&S Service Center, we have replaced more engines in the past two years than in the seven previous years, and I firmly believe it is because people are actually waiting 7,500 miles before they change their oil! Toyota (which I believe is one of the best vehicles on the road) is replacing/rebuilding engines right and left because they are sludged up. (See this link: http://www.autosafety.org/article.php?did=416&scid=37). The second thing the dealer might do is offer you their "dealer recommended Maintenance" for an additional fee. This is usually just the good regular Maintenance that we have been offering for years.

So if you have bought or are thinking of buying a new car, please make sure that your new vehicle gets the preventive Maintenance it needs and deserves.Items to Carry In Your Vehicle

  • Spare tire
  • Jack and lug wrench
  • Jumper cables
  • Cellular phone and charger
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Flares or reflectors
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Help or distress sign
  • Maps
  • Small tool set
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Jug of clean water
  • A first-aid kit
  • A supply of regularly-taken medication
  • Shovel
  • Tow rope
  • Snow brush/ice scraper
  • Sand, cat litter or traction mats
  • Tire chains
  • Can opener
  • High-energy food such as canned fruit or nuts
  • Warm clothing
  • Blankets
  • An envelope in your glove compartment containing vehicle registration, insurance paperwork and vehicle repair receipts

Whether you're making a quick trip to the grocery store or taking a vacation trip across the country, the No. 1 rule of driving always applies - Expect the Unexpected!

It's a good idea to prepare yourself and always have certain information, tools and emergency supplies in your vehicle.

With luck, you'll never need to use these items, but if you do, they can be both timesavers and lifesavers!

About TECH-NET Professional

Who We Are

TECH-NET Professional is an Elite Performance Network of thousands of professional independent automotive service facilities across North America.  Membership in this Network is reserved only for the best facilities that adhere to the strictest standards set forth by CARQUEST.  CARQUEST then partners with these facilities to provide the Original Equipment Products that they need to complete every service or repair on any vehicle.  TECH-NET Professional Auto Service is a sign of experienced quality that you can trust.

Mission Statement

TECH-NET Professional Auto Service is committed to serving you, our customer, with professional automotive repair at a reasonable cost with qualified technicians. We use quality CARQUEST Auto Parts, guaranteed coast-to-coast. We stand on sound business principles and uphold high ethical standards. Our goal is to make your automotive repair experience friendly and successful.

Code of Ethics

As a member of TECH-NET Professional Auto Service we agree to: Recommend corrective and Maintenance services and explain to the customer which of these is required now to correct existing problems and which are for preventive Maintenance.

TECH-NET Professional Auto Service is committed to serving you, our customer, with professional automotive repair at a reasonable cost with qualified technicians. We use quality CARQUEST Auto Parts, guaranteed coast-to-coast. We stand on sound business principles and uphold high ethical standards. Our goal is to make your automotive repair experience friendly and successful.

The Chassis System

Your car's frame, steering and suspension components (the chassis system) all depend on each other, because they all affect alignment and steering response. A change in any one component can affect the others. Since all of these parts work together as a system, it is necessary to have each component checked when making adjustments or replacing parts.

 

Which Parts Solve Which Problems?
TECH-NET Tips

Idler Arms hold the steering linkage in place. By replacing worn idler arms, you can reduce vehicle wander, excessive play in the steering wheel and abnormal tire wear.

TECH-NET Tips

Ball Joints are the pivot points on which the front wheels turn. By replacing worn ball joints, you can reduce front-end noise, looseness and tire wear.

TECH-NET Tips

Tie Rod Ends connect the steering arm to the linkage. By replacing worn tie rod ends, you can reduce front-end looseness, vibration, misalignment and excessive tire wear.

TECH-NET Tips

Bushings help dampen front-end movement, keep body roll to a minimum and help dampen wheel shock and vibration. Replacing worn bushings helps eliminate noise and play and makes handling safer and more predictable.

Your Tires - Are They Worn Like This?
TECH-NET Tips

Cupped Tire Wear: Produced by an unbalanced tire condition, faulty wheel bearings or weak shock absorbers.

TECH-NET Tips

Scrubbed Tire Wear: Usually caused by excessively loose, worn or bent tie rod ends, idler arms or steering linkage components.

TECH-NET Tips

Uneven Tire Wear: A result of incorrect alignment or worn ball joints and bushings.

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Variable Tire Wear: Caused by a combination of misalignment, weak shocks, worn control arm bushings and excessively loose ball joints.

Remember:

A correct alignment requires checking all components of the system. The life of your tires and related parts can be greatly extended with proper Maintenance. That saves you money. But more importantly, a correct alignment provides a maximum level of safety for you and your family.

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