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Implementing a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Program – Part 2

car repair services, Annapolis MDAs discussed in Part 1, a preventive maintenance program (PMP) should be implemented by every organization that has a fleet of vehicles. It is essential for the upkeep of every vehicle serving an organization. Part 2 will discuss Preventive Maintenance Methods and Implementing an Effective PMP.

Preventive Maintenance Methods

There are two methods for the performance of vehicle maintenance and repairs:

  1. Proactive
  2. Reactive

Made up of preventive maintenance tasks, repairs, and driver inspections, scheduled vehicle service is proactive. In contrast, unscheduled breakdown maintenance due to neglected preventive services is reactive. It is also much costlier, and the goal should be minimizing its occurrence.

Implementing an Effective Preventive Maintenance Program

To implement an effective PMP, the program should have the following features:

  • Preventive maintenance services and safety item checklists
  • Preventive maintenance interval of each required service
  • Driver documentation of inspections and vehicle issues
  • Automotive service facility staffed by in-house or outsourced professional automotive technicians
  • Computerized scheduling and recordkeeping of maintenance and repairs
  • Driver training regarding proper vehicle inspection and reporting

The items listed below should be included when routine preventive maintenance services are performed:

  • Engine oil change
  • Oil filter replacement
  • Transmission fluid
  • Fuel system
  • Cooling system
  • Engine and transmission mounts
  • Drive shafts and CV joints
  • Belts and hoses
  • Tune-ups
  • Electrical system
  • Braking system
  • Steering and suspension
  • Wheels, rims, and tires
  • Exhaust system
  • Body, frame and undercarriage
  • Exterior and interior lights
  • Windshields, windows, and mirrors
  • Windshield wipers
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Fluid leaks
  • Auxiliary systems

Conclusion

In-house certified automotive technicians or a local certified automotive service center skilled in performing preventive maintenance for fleet vehicles can oversee the PMP of an organization. Outsourcing may be a good option for companies that may not have the space for their own service facility or prefer to have a smaller staff of employees.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Get Ahead of Your Car’s Front End Repair

Car Repair Help,car mechanicWhen the components of a vehicle‘s front end aren’t functioning properly, you won’t be traveling safely. Swaying may occur if the car hits a pothole or bump. Fortunately, this problem can be solved by a certified mechanic either repairing or replacing parts. Another solution is performing a full front-end alignment to ensure that a vehicle’s wheels are tracking straight.

Inspection

For a thorough and proper inspection of its front end, a vehicle must be raised on a lift. During the process, the mechanic will note every component that is faulty, worn out, damaged, or has exceeded its service life. Typically, parts have a tendency to have similar wear. As a result, it may be necessary to replace several parts at the same time to properly repair the front end.

Repair

Utilizing tools that can rapidly loosen and remove nuts and bolts, a mechanic will first remove existing components that need replacement. Next, the replacement components will be installed using a torque wrench for tightening down nuts and bolts at the required specifications to keep them in place. A replacement process takes a few hours, depending on the work required.

Alignment

When new suspension components are installed, it is crucial to have a full front-end alignment performed by the service facility.  The removal and replacement of the ball joints, control arms, tie rods, or other components may result in the camber, caster, and toe adjustments being out of normal specifications. Mechanics will position a car on an alignment rack for accurately setting its alignment.

Summary

When your vehicle’s driving performance makes your auto unstable or unpredictable, giving you less control, take it to a reputable auto servicing facility as soon as possible. They will perform a front-end inspection and diagnostic that will determine the problems.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Pre-Summer Car Inspection Checklist

Car Mechanic | Car Services in AnnapolisSummer’s just around the corner, and soon you’ll be hitting the freeway on your way to your favorite vacation spot. You will want to get there and back without car problems that will ruin your family vacation. The following is a pre-summer car inspection checklist that will help make sure your vehicle will be trouble free.

Air Conditioning

Ensure your AC is working properly before taking a family trip in the hot summer sun.

Belts

Have your belts inspected for fraying, cracks, and other wear. Aside from damaging your car, a broken belt may ruin a summer vacation.

Brakes

Brakes are the most important safety feature of a car. Request a general brake inspection, which should include checking pad wear and the brake fluid.

Coolant

The condition of your car’s coolant and hoses should be examined to prevent overheating.

Headlights

To help you drive safely at night, have your headlights checked for brightness and adjusted for properly aiming.

Routine Maintenance

Prior to long road trips, a change of oil and filters is recommended, especially if your car is due for those services. If your car is older, a tune-up will help it run smoother and use less gas.

Service Intervals

Check your car’s manual for upcoming service intervals. It would be wise to address servicing major components like replacing the timing belt before driving long distances.

Suspension

Ask for an inspection of your vehicle’s shocks and struts to ensure vehicle handling and safety.

Tires

Request an examination for uneven tire wear and general tread depth. Make sure your tires are properly inflated for safety and fuel economy.

Transmission

Have your transmission fluid checked. If your car has been having trouble shifting, ensure a certified mechanic addresses this issue before you leave home.

Windshield Wipers

As you probably know, windshield wipers should be changed at least once a year. Take a look at the level of the car’s washer fluid reservoir and refill if needed.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.