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Although an oil change is one of the most simple and inexpensive aspects of vehicle maintenance, it is one of the most important! As you drive your vehicle, the oil becomes dirty and loses its effectiveness, resulting in possible serious damage to your engine.

Although there is controversy about the right interval for oil changes, auto repair experts still recommend an oil change service every 3,000 miles for most cars. However, certain types of high-quality synthetic oils can go for many more miles, possibly as many as 10,000. Ask your mechanic to recommend the right kind of oil for the best protection of your engine to keep it running smoothly.

Even though you may be able to go more miles in between oil changes, it is still wise to schedule an oil change service on a regular basis. This is the time your mechanic can check out other fluids, hoses, and operating systems for potential issues, including:

If you’re wondering when should you get the oil changed in your car, call Dependable Car Care and schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to ask about oil change coupons.
21
May
2018

Although an oil change is one of the most simple and inexpensive aspects of vehicle maintenance, it is one of the most important! As you drive your vehicle, the oil becomes dirty and loses its effectiveness, resulting in possible serious damage to your engine.

Although there is controversy about the right interval for oil changes, auto repair experts still recommend an oil change service every 3,000 miles for most cars. However, certain types of high-quality synthetic oils can go for many more miles, possibly as many as 10,000. Ask your mechanic to recommend the right kind of oil for the best protection of your engine to keep it running smoothly.

Even though you may be able to go more miles in between oil changes, it is still wise to schedule an oil change service on a regular basis. This is the time your mechanic can check out other fluids, hoses, and operating systems for potential issues, including:

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Summer is at our front door and many people are planning their summer road trips. You will want to give a little extra attention to your vehicle and understand the things to check before driving long distances. Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic will take a toll on your vehicle. Also, after surviving a harsh winter, car service is crucial to make sure you have peace of mind that your car is in good operating condition as you roll down the road.

The service tips below will provide you with dependable and safe transportation throughout the hot summer months:

Part of planning for your summer road trip is to know the things to check before driving long distances. Take care of all the necessary car service items to ensure peace of mind while on the road.
05
May
2018

Summer is at our front door and many people are planning their summer road trips. You will want to give a little extra attention to your vehicle and understand the things to check before driving long distances. Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic will take a toll on your vehicle. Also, after surviving a harsh winter, car service is crucial to make sure you have peace of mind that your car is in good operating condition as you roll down the road.

The service tips below will provide you with dependable and safe transportation throughout the hot summer months:

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Some drivers may not realize the importance of transmission fluid and may wonder if a transmission fluid change is really necessary.  First of all, the transmission fluid in your vehicle acts as a lubricant for all of the moving parts inside the transmission, cooling as it goes.  Secondly, in automobiles with automatic transmissions, this fluid also transmits power from the engine to the transmission. 

There is a little difference in the transmission service that is required for manual transmissions versus automatic transmissions, as explained below:

  • Manuals:  Your auto mechanic (and your owner’s manual) typically recommend a transmission fluid change around every 60,000 miles.  As the miles add up, so does the contamination in the fluid.  This causes the synchronizers, bearings, and gears in the transmission to wear out. The resulting metal particles will continue to float around in the lubricant causing the fluid to lose its effectiveness to lubricate and cool, thus shortening the life of your transmission. 
  • Automatic:  A transmission fluid change for automatics can vary, possibly never, depending on the age, make, and model of your vehicle. However, more heat is generated in automatic transmissions, causing the transmission fluid to deteriorate and break down, becoming contaminated with worn bits of the transmission.
wondering if a transmission fluid change is really necessary? If you neglect routine transmission service on your vehicle, you will find yourself spending a money on unexpected repair.
20
Apr
2018

Some drivers may not realize the importance of transmission fluid and may wonder if a transmission fluid change is really necessary.  First of all, the transmission fluid in your vehicle acts as a lubricant for all of the moving parts inside the transmission, cooling as it goes.  Secondly, in automobiles with automatic transmissions, this fluid also transmits power from the engine to the transmission. 

There is a little difference in the transmission service that is required for manual transmissions versus automatic transmissions, as explained below:

  • Manuals:  Your auto mechanic (and your owner’s manual) typically recommend a transmission fluid change around every 60,000 miles.  As the miles add up, so does the contamination in the fluid.  This causes the synchronizers, bearings, and gears in the transmission to wear out. The resulting metal particles will continue to float around in the lubricant causing the fluid to lose its effectiveness to lubricate and cool, thus shortening the life of your transmission. 
  • Automatic:  A transmission fluid change for automatics can vary, possibly never, depending on the age, make, and model of your vehicle. However, more heat is generated in automatic transmissions, causing the transmission fluid to deteriorate and break down, becoming contaminated with worn bits of the transmission.
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