Useful information about vehicle maintenance:
There is a maze of information out there about vehicle maintenance. You open your
owner's manual and it says one thing, while your local shop may recommend something
else. Who's right?
It may surprise you to know how the vehicle manufacturers come up with some of their
maintenance intervals. Approximately fifteen years ago, the federal government decided to
regulate what the overall maintenance costs of a vehicle should cost over a period of time.
In other words, the government told the car companies that if a consumer bought a car,
then it shouldn't cost a lot to keep it maintained.
Coincidently, after this occurred, suddenly the manufacturer's oil change intervals changed
from 3,000 miles to 7,500. Timing belt replacement went from 60,000 miles to 100,000. So
what changed? Was there a break-through in oil technology? Did someone create a new
wonder rubber for timing belts? Actually neither occurred, only the intervals changed to
meet the new cost requirements.
I have seen many engine failures on vehicles whose owner's strictly adhered to the 7,500
mile oil change interval outlined in their owner's manuals. In addition, timing belts
frequently break in the 65-75,000 mile range. When you consider the average cost of an
engine replacement on today's vehicles can range from $3,000 to $15,000+, why take any
At Armstrong Automotive we will combine real world experience with your vehicle's factory
maintenance recommendations to create a maintenance schedule that will keep your
vehicle on the road. All work recommended will be thoroughly explained and outlined. If
necessary, we can set up the scheduled maintenance to be performed over several months
to keep costs down. We consider it our responsibility to keep your vehicle safe, maintained
and ready to perform for years to come.
Do you want to save some money?
What can you do to help maintain your vehicle yourself?
#1: CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURES REGULARLY. The number one factor in
decreased fuel mileage is low tire pressure. As little as 5 psi of tire pressure can drop fuel
mileage by 20%. Not only that, but low tire pressures can create hazardous driving
#2: CHECK YOUR AIR FILTER EVERY OIL CHANGE. A dirty air filter reduces power
and fuel economy as it restricts the amount of air that is able to enter the engine.
#3: CHECK YOUR VEHICLES LIGHTS. Check your brake lights, headlamps (one may
be out without a noticeable decrease in front lighting), tail lights, etc. A large number of
accidents occur due to defective lighting systems.
#4 CHECK YOUR WIPER BLADES BEFORE IT RAINS! If you're like me, the only
time you realize you need new wiper blades is when it rains and you're on a trip. It's easy to
check your wiper blade condition using the washers on your car. If they are streaky or they
chatter as they go across your windshield, it's probably time to replace them.
Remember, at Armstrong Automotive, we offer a 45 point inspection for only
$29.95. We will check your fluids, belts, hoses, brakes, suspension and much
more. From bumper-to-bumper you will know the condition of your vehicle and
have the piece of mind that you need to know your vehicle is safe.