Vehicle Maintenance in Sherwood Park
Taking proper care of your vehicle is important not only for your safety but ensuring that you get the most out of your ride. Let our team help keep you on the road longer!
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Importance of Vehicle Maintenance
Following regular maintenance intervals will help keep your vehicle operating at peak performance and will help to prevent costly major repairs later on. Depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, these intervals will vary. If available, check your owner’s manual to see the specific maintenance schedule for your vehicle. If you don’t have one or can’t find it, you might be able to search for it online or you can always call our team to see when you should come in for your next routine maintenance.
Vehicle maintenance checklist
With every maintenance appointment booked at Go Auto Sherwood Park, our team will go through a vehicle maintenance checklist which includes the following items and more:
- Engine oil change and filter replacement
- Check and adjust all vehicle fluids, including coolant and transmission fluid
- Check and adjust tire pressure, inspect overall tire wear and tear
- Check brake pad wear and tear
Getting your vehicle serviced in Sherwood Park has never been easier!
At Go Auto Sherwood Park, we have a brand new state-of-the-art facility that is fully equipped with everything needed to get your vehicle back on the road, safely and efficiently. From routine oil changes to engine problems, our team of knowledgeable technicians has seen it all and is experienced in working with all makes and models.
As a general rule of thumb, you should bring your vehicle in for maintenance at a minimum every six months or every 5,000 - 8,000 km. If you drive your vehicle more, or if you drive in harsher conditions, you will need to bring your vehicle in much sooner than that. While many components in your vehicle may only need to be checked once a year, others should be checked more frequently and that can be greatly impacted by your driving habits.
For major car maintenance that is typically performed once a year, the kilometer interval will also vary based on the year, make, and model of your vehicle but is typically every 20,000 to 30,000 km. These service appointments will include a more robust inspection of various components of your vehicle, potential replacement of certain parts, rotating tires, and more.
Our goal is to keep you safely on the road for as long as possible. Give our team a call to speak with one of our Service Advisors about booking the right maintenance appointment for your vehicle.
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Wondering if there are certain vehicle maintenance elements you can check at home? You bet there are! While certain things, like changing your oil or replacing spark plugs require more tools and knowledge, here are 4 things you can check on your own.
While changing your engine oil might be too daunting of a task, you can always pop the hood of your vehicle and do the following to see if it’s time to book an oil change appointment:
Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean to remove any residual oil, then put the dipstick back.
Remove the dipstick again, hold it horizontally, and look for the minimum/maximum indicators.
Inspect the colour of the oil. If it’s amber or dark brown, it’s likely still fine. If it’s black or gritty, it’s time for an oil change.
If the oil is clean but below the minimum indicator, it’s time to add more oil which is something you can do without booking an appointment!
When checking your oil, it’s best to do so while your oil is warm after a quick drive. It’s also important to use the right type of oil for your vehicle. If you serviced your vehicle with Go Auto Sherwood Park, your service invoice will outline the type of oil used.
Checking your tire air pressure can be done in a few ways. A visual inspection can provide some clues as to whether any of your tires are lower than the others, and if there’s any damage you need to address. Depending on your vehicle, there may be a tire indicator in your dashboard that can also be used as a great reference point. If you have an air tire gauge at home, you can do a quick manual check to ensure all four tires are at the right pressure level.
You should also check for tire tread to make sure they aren’t too worn. An easy way to do this is by grabbing a toonie and inserting it in between your tread blocks. If the tread reaches the bear’s paws, you have plenty of tread left. If the tread only reaches as far as the letters (‘CANADA’ or DOLLARS’), your tires are worn and need to be replaced.
Windshield wiper blades get their fair share of use, especially in Alberta spring weather (or ‘second winter’). If you start to notice water streaking after using your wiper blades, it might be time for new ones. You can always try wiping down the rubber with a cloth to remove any residue to see if that helps.
Wiper blades have different lengths and sizes, so it’s important to double-check what your vehicle supports before trying to replace them. If the metal arm of the wiper is still in good shape, you could also look into just replacing the rubber.
Air & Cabin Filters
Replacing these filters is important to help protect the ending and the air quality in the cabin, but how will you know when it’s time to change it? Your eyes and nose will help with that! If a musty scent lingers when heat or AC is on, that’s a strong indicator that your cabin filter is in bad shape. If you’re able to locate the engine air filter, raise it to a source of light and if none passes through it, it’s time to change it out.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I check the service history of a vehicle?
The easiest way to check the service history for a vehicle is by reviewing its CARFAX report. Although this doesn’t fully guarantee that all previous services will be listed, it will give you a good indication as to how the vehicle has been maintained. Only maintenance that has been reported to CARFAX will display on this report.
At Go Auto, all of our dealerships will provide with you a CARFAX report when buying a used vehicle. If you’re looking to purchase privately, you can either request that the seller orders the report, or you can order one yourself through the CARFAX website. All you will need is the vehicle’s VIN and your credit card.
You can also ask to see any service reports that have been saved by the owner to review. This won’t give you as much information as a CARFAX report, but it may fill in some of the gaps if not all maintenance was reported.
What car service is really necessary?
Proper car maintenance is essential for keeping your vehicle running properly and you safe on the road.
Factory-recommended maintenance and service intervals will vary based on the year, make, and model of your vehicle.
Regular car maintenance will include oil and filter changes, fluid inspection and top-ups, cabin and engine filter replacement, tire rotation, and brake inspection. Depending on the age of your vehicle, there may still be warranty and proper upkeep with the maintenance schedule will be very important to ensure you don’t preemptively void your warranty.
Are there any additional services or repairs recommended for my car?
While our service technicians are working on your vehicle, they will inspect other areas and will highlight anything requiring preventative maintenance. There is no set recommendation list for additional services or repairs as every vehicle is different. Our technicians take the time to properly inspect your vehicle and will only give you recommendations as needed.
Keeping on top of regular maintenance and paying attention to preventative maintenance recommendations are important to keeping your vehicle running longer, avoiding major repairs down the road, and keeping you safe.