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If you have owned a vehicle for very long, you understand that the key to preventing unexpected automotive repair is timely automotive service! But do you know what types of automotive services are required, and when they should be done? Reading your owner’s manual is the first place to look. However, if in doubt, ask your automotive repair technician. They have been trained and certified to take care of most models and makes of vehicles.

Here are some of the more common automotive service items that should be done on a regular basis:

  • Have the oil and filter changed at the recommended mileage interval?
  • Have a brake inspection at every oil change so you are aware of the condition of the brake pads, rotors, and calipers on an ongoing basis and when it is time to have them replaced.
  • Check that all lights are working and the lenses are clear and clean.
  • The windshield (and all windows) should be free of cracks or large pits that obstruct your view or have the potential of worsening. Many auto insurance policies include some type of coverage for repairing or replacing windshields. Also, replace windshield wipers about every six to 12 months, especially if you do a lot of driving in a rainy climate.
  • Inspect the tread depth and wear pattern on your tires frequently. Have them rotated about every six months to ensure even wear? If your car does not have a read-out for tire air pressure, invest in an air pressure gauge to make sure your tires are maintaining the correct air pressure.
  • Inspect the radiator, hoses, and transmission periodically for leaks or cracks. Make sure the anti-freeze and water ratio is correct so your engine is protected during the cold winter months. Every couple of years you may want to flush the system to replace dirty fluids.

There are two ways that problems can be detected and diagnosed:

  • The “on-board diagnostic” system (or OBD) – Most of today’s vehicles have sensors that continuously read and compile information from the various operating systems. If the Check Engine Light on the instrument panel illuminates, it means that a problem has been detected.
  • Diagnostic Test – If you think you are starting to experience any problems or you see the check engine light come on, ask your automotive repair technician to run a diagnostic test. Small problems can be detected early before they turn into major problems.

A word of advice: Save time and money on the unexpected automotive repair by taking care of recommended automotive service items!

Looking for quality automotive repair? Contact our ASE-Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about recommended automotive service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

How Can You Prevent Unexpected Automotive Repair? The key is to keep up with all recommended automotive service items outlined in the owner’s manual.

If you have owned a vehicle for very long, you understand that the key to preventing unexpected automotive repair is timely automotive service! But do you know what types of automotive services are required, and when they should be done? Reading your owner’s manual is the first place to look. However, if in doubt, ask your automotive repair technician. They have been trained and certified to take care of most models and makes of vehicles.

Here are some of the more common automotive service items that should be done on a regular basis:

  • Have the oil and filter changed at the recommended mileage interval?
  • Have a brake inspection at every oil change so you are aware of the condition of the brake pads, rotors, and calipers on an ongoing basis and when it is time to have them replaced.
  • Check that all lights are working and the lenses are clear and clean.
  • The windshield (and all windows) should be free of cracks or large pits that obstruct your view or have the potential of worsening. Many auto insurance policies include some type of coverage for repairing or replacing windshields. Also, replace windshield wipers about every six to 12 months, especially if you do a lot of driving in a rainy climate.
  • Inspect the tread depth and wear pattern on your tires frequently. Have them rotated about every six months to ensure even wear? If your car does not have a read-out for tire air pressure, invest in an air pressure gauge to make sure your tires are maintaining the correct air pressure.
  • Inspect the radiator, hoses, and transmission periodically for leaks or cracks. Make sure the anti-freeze and water ratio is correct so your engine is protected during the cold winter months. Every couple of years you may want to flush the system to replace dirty fluids.

There are two ways that problems can be detected and diagnosed:

  • The “on-board diagnostic” system (or OBD) – Most of today’s vehicles have sensors that continuously read and compile information from the various operating systems. If the Check Engine Light on the instrument panel illuminates, it means that a problem has been detected.
  • Diagnostic Test – If you think you are starting to experience any problems or you see the check engine light come on, ask your automotive repair technician to run a diagnostic test. Small problems can be detected early before they turn into major problems.

A word of advice: Save time and money on the unexpected automotive repair by taking care of recommended automotive service items!

Looking for quality automotive repair? Contact our ASE-Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about recommended automotive service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

Jamie Houle
Big Lake AutomotiveAuto Repair Shop in Big Lake, MN

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19868 172nd St NW, Big Lake, MN 55309763-263-0909service@biglakeautomotive.com
Mon:8:00am - 6:00pm
Tue:8:00am - 6:00pm
Wed:8:00am - 6:00pm
Thu:8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri:8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat:Closed
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