Fluids, & Filters
Changing your oil every 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers), or as
recommended by the vehicle manufacturer based on your driving
conditions, is vital for your vehicle and can help you avoid costly
problems. With each oil change, the oil filter may also need to be
Engine air filter
Power steering fluid
Automatic transmission fluid
We'll also walk you through your vehicle manufacturer's
recommendations for replacing these vital items
Tire Balancing & Tire
Because of the critical role tires play in vehicle safety, motorists
should be aware of the signs of tire trouble and take precautionary
measures, says the Car Care Council, who lists several other signs
and causes of tire trouble. The most common of these is shaking or
vibration, caused by an out-of-balance condition. If the tire
remains unbalanced, flat spots will wear into the tread. This is
called "cupping", accompanied by the sound and sensation of
thumping, most noticeable on a smooth road surface. A tire that's
out-of-balance can be ruined in just a few thousand miles.
Incorrect wheel alignment is another condition that leads to uneven
tire wear. This can occur from an encounter with a pothole or curb
or it can be due to worn steering or suspension parts. Erratic
steering, wandering or pulling to one side or the other are the
early warning signals. Eventually the results show up as rapid,
uneven tread wear.
A tune-up is the process of checking and adjusting all of the
systems in your vehicle that contribute to the efficient combustion
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN I NEED A TUNE-UP?
Keep a log of your gas mileage. When the average falls by 10% - 15%,
your vehicle needs a tune up. As always, check your vehicle's
owner's manual for manufacturer recommendations.
Some facts about tune-ups...
Tune up can improve your fuel economy by 4 to 12%.
A too rich fuel to air mixture will lower fuel efficiency.
A too lean fuel to air mixture can cause misfiring or engine damage
Spark plug timing must be set to specifications.
Clean and properly adjusted points will produce fuel efficient
One spark plug misfiring half of the time reduces fuel economy by 7%
and two can reduce it by 20%. Too high an idle speed wastes gas
Fuel Injection Cleaning
In a fuel injection system, the fuel is sprayed through the fuel
injection nozzle into the combustion chamber. For good combustion,
the injectors must produce a fine cone-shaped mist of fuel vapor.
Wear or deposits in the nozzle can create "streamers" of liquid fuel
that vaporize and burn poorly. This, in turn, can cause hesitation,
emissions and performance problems.
Fuel injection cleaning removes deposits from the fuel injection
nozzle and clears the way for that fine mist of fuel to come
Fuel injection cleaning will help increase performance, eliminate
hesitation, and improve gas mileage and lower exhaust emissions
Like the oil in your vehicle, the transmission fluid in your
transmission can become contaminated with dirt, dust and debris. As
the transmission fluid ages, viscosity breaks down and contaminants
build up, leaving your vehicle's transmission vulnerable to
breakdowns. A complete Transmission flush replaces all the fluid in
the transmission and gives long term protection and reliability.
After a transmission flush, you will notice the difference in
smoother shifting, improved performance, reduced component failure,
and increased vehicle longevity
Belts & Hoses
Did you know that the rubber in your vehicle's engine accessory
drive belts and coolant hoses will dry out and crack? Belts and
hoses can also come loose from the continual vibration that cars
typically undergo over time.
And that's not good. One sudden malfunction of these relatively
inexpensive but very important parts can have costly consequences.
So, stop by your neighborhood Quality Autos and we can help you
avoid this kind of breakdown. Our experienced mechanics can detect
many potential belt and hose problems with a simple visual
inspection. Regular inspections, coupled with
Timing belt and hose replacement in accordance with your vehicle
manufacturer's recommendations will help protect against expensive
Engine Cooling System
There's a lot of metal under the hood of your vehicle, most of it
surrounding your engine's internal components. And that metal
radiates a lot of heat during driving.
Count on Quality Auto to make sure the car's cooling system
dissipates engine heat efficiently...so you can keep your cool.
To keep your car's cooling system at peak efficiency, Quality Auto
recommends closely following your vehicle manufacturer's factory
maintenance schedule for coolant replacement.
Stop by Quality Auto with any questions you have, or to determine
when your vehicle will need this critical service.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Since Quality Auto Centers is a chain of owned and operated by
professional. Contact your nearest location for specific pricing
information. For the most accurate estimate, take your vehicle to
Quality Auto for a free inspection. Our trained technicians can then
assess your vehicle's needs, answer any questions and review your