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PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE


Car Care Aware

Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association

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



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reviewiconEngine & Transmission, near Seaside, Marina, CA

Very pleased with all the hard work from the guys at the shop. I needed major work done (engine problems) on my 2006 Dodge Charger. A family member recommended Green Machine Automotive in Seaside. Now days your vehicle is a vital part of your everyday life. Knowing that I needed major work done on mine, I was careful on what shop/ mechanic to entrust my vehicle to and know that the work needed would be done in a timely manner and efficiently. Well, I couldn't have chosen a better place. Andre took his time inspecting my vehicle and listening to all my concerns to better understand the issue. Once he pinpointed the issue, he explained everything very clear and in a way that I would understand what was going on and what the process would be to complete the repair. Any concerns I had, he was quick in giving me an answer, allowing me to feel more at ease that my vehicle was in good hands. Thru the process, Andre reached out to communicate any additional problems that he encountered or to let me know about additional parts that were needed. Very much appreciated because I was aware of everything that was being done to my vehicle. Thank you to Sabino for lending a helping hand. Ernesto, at the front, was friendly and made sure that I had been told about additional charges. He was very helpful in explaining to me the invoices and all the charges. The entire repair was completed in a timely manner. Will definitely continue on bringing my vehicle to Green Machine Automotive for any future repairs/ preventative care. Thank you for all the hard work, greatly appreciated.

, 11/03/2022

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