In a year where public transportation has been shut down for periods of time or was difficult to book, car owners have had to rely a lot more heavily on their vehicles. As a family-owned auto shop in Everett Massachusetts, we want everyone to drive safely in Greater Boston. Whether you are an Uber driver delivering meals and keeping our local restaurants open, or an emergency vehicle helping protect our residents, we want to make sure that your engines, transmissions, and brakes are working well.
When Should You Bring In Your Car To See A Mechanic?
When it comes to your car, the earlier you bring it in, the less expensive the repairs will be and the less likely you are to drive with a mechanical issue. There are a few warning signs your car can give you that should make you immediately schedule a car appointment.
- Engine Light: If your check engine light comes on and stays on, do not ignore it. Dashboard lights are vital to driving safely, and although many car owners choose to wait on “routine maintenance” you run the risk of driving unsafely and doing greater damage to your vehicle.
- Leaks: If you notice any fluid dripping out of your vehicle whether it is oil, transmission fluid, or something else, you should get your car looked at immediately. Fluid leaks can quickly lead to increased friction in your vehicle which can cause a large amount of damage very quickly. The difference between an adjustment and a replacement is how much damage was done.
- Sounds & Shuddering: When you drive, if you hear sounds when you brake, rattling, or whirring from your engine this could signal that you need repairs. Additionally, if your car shakes or struggles to switch gears, you may need transmission work done.
Understanding Your Maintenance Schedule
Additionally, you should get maintenance according to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Most manufacturers work on a 30-60-90 schedule. Meaning there is maintenance that needs to be done at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 90,000 miles. But beyond this recommendation, there are many other recommendations that car owners should know about.
- Oil Changes: Synthetic oil is usually good for 5,000 to 10,000 miles. When you get your oil changed you should also get your oil filter changed.
- Air Filters: You should look at getting your air filter changed somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 miles. A bad air filter can affect engine performance.
- Fuel Filters: A mechanic can provide you with a pressure test that can find out how your fuel filter is doing. Generally, 30,000 miles is a safe bet for a fuel filter replacement. But if you are getting other work done and you are in the 20,000 to 30,000 mile area you might want to ask your mechanic to do a pressure test.
Schedule An Auto Repair Appointment in Everrett
Everett Transmission is the one-stop auto repair shop for Greater Boston. If you need maintenance (whether routine or emergency) we can help. We provide towing services as well as top-rated transmission, brake, and engine services. Give us a call or use our website to set up an appointment.