car repair services, Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

Top Eight Vehicle Services for New Drivers – Part 2

 car mechanic, car shop, repair servicesAs discussed previously, a new driver will probably be driving a used car. The vehicle may be more of a challenge to maintain because it will be older with higher mileage. However, proper and regular maintenance will save you money in the long run. Part 1 covered the topics of air filter, battery, brakes, and hoses and belts. Part 2 will discuss the last four of the eight most important services for your vehicle.

Oil Change

Lubricating the moving parts of the engine, oil provides critical protection from high temperatures and friction. As oil gets older, its viscosity starts breaking down, and eventually it will lose its effectiveness. Although newer vehicles may not need oil services every 3,000 miles depending on the oil use, you should perform regular checks of the oil level. Make sure to discuss your vehicle, manufacturer’s recommendations and usage of your vehicle for the proper oil and service interval recommendations.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are responsible for the ignition of the air/fuel mixture within each cylinder of your engine. This results in multiple controlled explosions that provide the energy necessary to power every internal-combustion vehicle. As do every electrical element, a spark plug will eventually burn out. If a spark plug stops working, the engine will be forced to work harder, and this will be very inefficient. Check the manufacturer’s recommended replacement intervals. They can be recommended by both time and/or mileage.  Ensuring the spark plugs are in good condition will result in smoother running and an engine with longer service life.

Tires

Car tires are engineered to last for thousands of miles, and they can be costly. However, even tires of the highest quality will eventually wear and undergo a loss of air pressure. Maintaining proper tire inflation has three very important benefits. First, tires will last significantly longer because wear will be more even. Second, safety is enhanced because under or over inflated tires are much more likely to blowout at highway speeds. Third, proper inflation results in improved fuel efficiency, reducing costs. Other important tire services are regular tire rotations and alignments, which will also assure even tire wear.

Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are important because they help ensure a driver’s visibility, making driving safer. The longevity of your windshield wipers will depend on the region where you live. Rubber will degrade more quickly because of UV rays and high temperatures if you live in the Sunbelt. Similarly, cars driven in areas that experience freezing temperatures will have wiper blades that will degrade faster because of cold and salt. Depending on the normal weather conditions of your area, replacing wiper blades ever six to twelve months will be necessary to make sure they remain effective.

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.

Engine Repair,Car shop,mechanics
Written by Jessica Golden

5 Big NO-NOs If You Care About Your Car’s Engine

 

Engine Repair,Car shop,mechanicsA car’s heart is its engine. Once it stops beating, your car won’t be able to move.

Like a human’s heart, a car’s engine needs expert care and regular checkups. The most expensive car part replacement is the engine. Costs can range up to $10,000 or more depending on the manufacturer. The following are 5 big NO-NOs if you care about your car’s engine.

Ignoring the Engine Light 

Damage to your engine may already be happening when the engine light turns on. It sometimes activates because the catalytic converter’s oxygen sensor need to be replaced. In any case, an engine light should not be ignored. Take your vehicle to a trusted certified mechanic immediately for diagnostics to prevent further harm.

Neglected Oil Services 

An engine cannot live without proper oil maintenance. The lifeblood of any healthy engine is oil. Neglecting oil changes by ignoring the proper intervals that your car manufacturer recommends will eventually kill your engine. And keep in mind that extended oil service intervals should not be exceeded.

Cooling System Contamination

Many mechanics recommend an engine coolant flush every 30,000 miles or three years. A likely reason your engine is overheats is a lack of coolant. Whatever you do, do not insist on continuing to drive an overheating car because doing so will certainly lead to serious damage to your engine.

Engine Flooding

Sometimes a storm will catch you by surprise, flooding the road ahead of you. Don’t drive through an area deep with water just because you are in a hurry. If water enters your intake manifold and finds its way into the combustion chamber, your engine’s pistons will bend and you’ll be stuck in the rain.

Oil Leaks

Take note of spots of oil on your driveway, especially when they are large. Major loss of oil means that your car’s engine is not getting enough lubrication. This means premature wear and tear and a failed engine in the future. Most vehicles have splash pans under the engine, so even a small drop could mean a larger leak.

Last Advice

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

Specials for both “First Time” and existing 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 happy to assist you.