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Written by Jessica Golden

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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Car Transmission Servicing and Repair

 Transmission,car mechanic, Repair AnnapolisThe maintenance of your car’s transmission maintenance is critical. Periods of prolonged low fluid levels and fluid leaks are the most probable causes of a faulty transmission. Both problems will lead to damage and costly repairs.

Regular Filter and Fluid Changes

Like vehicle engine oil, transmission fluid may be contaminated and degrade eventually. To prevent these issues, regular transmission flush and fluid changes have to be regularly performed.

A transmission breakdown would be quite costly. In contrast, a transmission flush that prevents problems is a much smaller percentage of the expense. Typically, overheating caused by poor maintenance is the main cause of transmission failure.

Check your vehicle maintenance recommendations or speak to a trusted technician for recommended service intervals.

Flush and Change Comparison

A special machine flushes all the fluid from a car’s transmission, removing contaminants and grime from the cooler lines and torque converter that would cause transmission issues. Transmission flushes include pumping a special solution through the lines until exiting completely clean, then new fluid is introduced.

In contrast, a fluid change usually consists of removing the transmission pan, replacing the filter and fresh fluid. This service usually evacuates 75-80% of the fluid.

In any case, both flushes and changes will improve, maintain, and extend the service life and performance of your vehicle’s transmission.

Transmission Rebuilding or Replacement

If your vehicle’s transmission is malfunctioning, immediately bring your car to a service facility for an inspection. Transmission faults will be identified, and the examination will determine which repairs will be necessary. If a transmission requires significant work that is very expensive, either an overhaul or replacement should be considered as options. A certified mechanic expert in transmissions will be able to assist you in making this decision.

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.