FAIR & FRIENDLY SERVICE
Come to Topline Performance Auto Repair for your car maintenance services and keep your vehicle in shape!
What are all these maintenance services for?
It is very important to maintain your vehicle in order to ensure proper running condition and to maximize the life of your vehicle. Below is a list of auto maintenance services and explanations of what each service entails and why it is necessary for your vehicle. For more information about the auto maintenance services required for your specific vehicle, consult your owner’s manual.
OILS, 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 replaced.
- Engine air filter
- Brake fluid
- 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 ROTATION
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 of fuel.
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 firing.
- 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 through.
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 Topline Performance Auto Repair 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 repairs.
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 Topline Performance Auto Repair 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, Topline Performance recommends closely following your vehicle manufacturer’s factory maintenance schedule for coolant replacement.
Stop by Topline Performance with any questions you have, or to determine when your vehicle will need this critical service.