PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

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Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association

According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. 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.

This link has very good information on the problems, causes, and solutions for scheduled maintenance items

If you have GM's Dex-Cool in your vehicle
( And if it is 1996 or newer IT HAS IT!!)
It is orange in color and your owners manual probably states that it is good for anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 miles.
You should check out the links below to save yourself some time, money, and more importantly— safety.
Consumer Affairs -Read stories from real people who had Dex-Cool in their vehicles
Class Action Lawsuit - Just one of the class action lawsuits for Dex-Cool

Scheduled Maintenance 30k 60k 90k
Benefits - Your car requires certain adjustments, services, and repairs at regular intervals. Not doing these maintenance can void your warranty as well as cause damage and premature wear to components.

Eagle Automotive can perform these services at a much lower cost than the dealer with better quality.

Timing Belts
Benefits - Many of today's cars have timing belts. These belts keep the cam in time with the crankshaft. If these belts are not replaced at scheduled intervals they become a time bomb. If a timing belt breaks it can cause serious damage to your motor and often times triple the cost of repairs!!

Oil Changes
Benefits - Today's vehicles should have the oil changed every 3000 miles. Some manufacturers extend these time frames for non-severe service vehicles. Severe service includes stop and go driving, use of the air conditioner, colds starts. Nearly everyone's vehicle meets these criteria. Oil breaks down and oxidizes at a certain rate, changing your oil every 3000 miles will prevent damage to your motor and greatly extend it's life as well as avoid breakdowns.

Brakes
Benefits - Some brake specialty shops offer low cost brake jobs and then get your car in and run up the price. These shops use inferior parts as well as rip you off to make their money. At Eagle Automotive we offer high quality parts and don't sell what you don't need! You'll get out of our shop for less money 95% of the time.

Safety and Used car inspections
Benefits - Everyone should have their car inspected at regular intervals. At Eagle Automotive we offer a free safety inspection with every oil change to spot problems with your car before they become expensive problems. No one—should ever— buy a used car without a pre-purchase inspection.

Check Engines Lights
Benefits - Sometimes these can indicate serious problems with your cars computer control system, but how do you know? At Eagle Automotive we have the latest diagnostic equipment and the highest trained technicians in the area. We can take care of any drive-ability or emissions related repairs accurately and often inexpensively. Mistakes on diagnostics are a common and expensive problem in the industry. We can help you avoid these mistakes by having us fix your car right the first time. Let the Pros fix it!

Transmission Flush
Features - Dissolve & suspend gum & varnish in the valve body.
Flush old fluid and debris from system.
Install new fluid
Benefits - Eliminates hard shifting, chattering and slipping.
Provides cooler operation.
Reconditions seals and extends transmission life.
*Service Interval is every 30,000 miles*

Power Steering Flush
Features - Cleans gums and varnish from power steering unit
Removes old oxidized fluid and replaces with new fluid
Recondition seals
Benefits - Alleviates steering pump squeal
Corrects hard, erratic steering
Prevents fluid leaks
Reduces wear
*Service Interval is every 30,000 miles*

Battery Service
Features - Clean battery terminals
Apply leak detector
Install anticorrosive pads
Benefits - Two-year warranty corrosive free guarantee
Full battery power Worry free service
*Service Interval 15,000 miles*

Coolant Flush Service
Features - Power flushes the entire cooling system
Removes rust, scale, and sludge
Safe for the environment due to recycled coolant
Benefits - Extends radiator, hoses, water pump, heater core, and thermostat life
Reduces operating temperature of the cooling system, automatic transmission, & air conditioning
*Service Interval 30,000 miles*

Fuel Induction Service
Features - Cleans entire fuel system from tank to exhaust
Cleans air intake system from throttle body to plenum
Cleans injectors, intake valves & combustion chambers
Benefits - Increases performance
Eliminates rough idle, hard starting hesitation & pinging Increases power
*Service Interval is every 30,000 miles*

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  • NAPA AutoCare Center
  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • IDENTIFIX
  • IATN (International Automotive Technicians' Network)
  • NAPA
  • Ondemand5
  • Wisconsin.gov
  • Car Care Aware