Auto Maintenance – Georges Auto Hospital
George’s Auto Hospital follows what the “Car Care Council” has developed as a standard service interval schedule with general guidance for the regular auto maintenance service.
We offer Auto Repair, Electronic Diagnosis, Tire Service, and A/C Repair Services at our shop located in Gaithersburg, Maryland for customers living in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, Clarksburg, Olney, Laytonsville and surrounding areas.
For any automotive make and model such as:
- Passenger cars
- Mini vans
- Pick ups
- Sport cars
The Car Care Council guidelines as outlined below is the customary guideline for all drivers and vehicles. However, always look at your owner’s manual for specific recommendations from your vehicle manufacturer.
Oil, Filters and Fluids
- Engine oil and filter – check level with engine off at every fill-up. For maximum engine life, change oil and filter every 3 months or 3,000 miles.
- Chassis Lubrication – Many newer cars are lubed-for-life — many other still need this service. Steering and suspension components may need periodic lubrication.
- Fuel Filter – Replace if restricted or water contaminated. Restricted fuel filters shorten life of fuel pump. Replace filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
- Engine Air Filter – Inspect filter at reach oil change. Replace annually or when torn, water, or oil soaked, dirty or showing other signs of wear.
- Automatic Transmission Fluid – Check fluid level with engine running and transmission in park or neutral, depending on manufacturer instructions. For maximum performance, change every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
- Differential, Manual Transmission and Transfer Case (if equipped) – Check fluids at each oil change. Replace fluids at each oil change. Replace fluids every 4 year or 50,000 miles using factory recommended lubricant.
- Windshield Washer Fluid – Check fluid level monthly. Use washer fluid only.
- Power Steering Fluid – Check fluid with engine off using either “full cold” or “full hot” indicator lines on dipstick. If frequently topping off is required, inspect for leaks and replace if contaminated. Replace fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
- Cabin Filter - Replace annually, or more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants or when heating or cooling efficiency was reduced.
- Coolant (Antifreeze) – Check level of reservoir – never open a hot radiator cap. If low, add 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze/coolant and distilled water. Change coolant every 2 years or 24,000 miles, on most vehicles.
Belts and Hoses
Inspect hoses on each oil change and replace when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen and restricted. Check V-belts and serpentine belts for tension and condition. Replace when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Typically replace timing belt between 60,000 to 90,000 miles – not replacing the belt as required could cause a breakdown or serious engine damage.
Check the entire brake system every year; inspecting brake linings, rotors and drums.
Check fluid with engine off or running. If frequent topping off is required, inspect brake linings and check for fluid leaks. Replace fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
Replace oxygen sensor interval as recommended in owner’s manual. Some cars have an oxygen sensor replacement light that appears when replacement was needed - 1996 and newer cars have more than one oxygen sensor. Typical spark plug replacement 30,000 and 100,000 miles depending on the vehicle and type of spark plug.
Steering, Suspension and Tires
Inspect steering and suspension system at least once a year, including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components. Replace these parts if leaks, damage and loose mounting hardware are found. Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, monthly. Check the thread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts or bruises along the sidewalks. Inflate tires and the keep up at the recommended pressure. Replace tires if worn or damaged.
Check Engine Light
If the check engine light comes on while driving remains on, your vehicle may have emission or sensor problem and should have been analyzed and diagnosed. . If light flashes, the condition is more severe checked to prevent catalytic converter malfunction or other damage.
To avoid stripping the vehicle’s wax finish, use only automotive car wash products, not dish washing liquids. Polish at least twice a year to protect the finish.
Lighting and Wipers
Replace bulb if one light is inoperative. Check fuses if multiple lights do not work.
Inspect for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can allow carbon monoxide gas into the passenger compartment.
Battery and Cables
If the battery is three years old or more, it should be tested and replaced, if necessary. Battery should be mounted and connection should be clean, tight and corrosion-free. Remember that every 3,000 miles you need to change engine oil and replace the filter, do a multi-point inspection and rotate tires every other oil change for optimal tire life. Knowing how to do basic car care and maintenance will not only help you lengthen the life of your car but most importantly keep your car safe to drive.
George’s Auto Hospital has got you covered for all your auto maintenance service needs.