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Maintenance Service From A Pro

Oil Change Service every 3,750-5000 Miles

You should never just have your oil change without an expert mechanic looking over your vehicle with a fine-tooth comb. Getting your oil changed is a very important part of keeping your engine running in tip top shape and should be part of an overall regular preventive maintenance program. Having the oil changed at the correct interval is paramount to keeping your engine well lubricated and reduces engine wear and tear. Going to one of the “big box quick lube” stores can be a problem if you are concerned about your car’s engine being serviced by an experienced mechanic. Most quick lube stores only hire inexperienced workers not qualified to determine if your engine is in need of additional services like new belts, new hoses, discover any exhaust problems or engine timing issues.  If you are just going to a quick lube shop so that you can save money, think again. The cost of an oil change in most garages is very similar depending on the type of oil used and the amount needed. Most professional garages have qualified mechanics to review your cars condition and make suggestions on additional preventative measures that should be taken to prevent additional repairs. It is always good to call the garage you want to do the repairs and get an estimate of costs on the work involved. It is also a good idea to be able to converse with someone to see if you are professionally handled. Even a better way to conduct business is to stop by the shop and get a chance to check out the facility, speak with any customers who might be there, meet the mechanics who perform the work and even talk to the owner about his unique services.

What Other Services Do They Provide with an Oil Change

Its important to get a complete picture of your vehicles condition and that can only be accomplished by a vehicle review performed by a competent mechanic. Does the garage offer any other services when performing an oil change like road testing the vehicle to ensure there are no problems with leaking fluids, loose parts, poor brakes etc. Besides changing the oil and oil filter does the mechanic review the condition of the wiper blades and washer fluids, clean the air intake vents and check the engine air filter. These are some of the other services good, competent garages perform that are not offered by quick lube shops. Experienced mechanics, especially ASE Certified Mechanics know when a car, truck, pickup truck or SUV reaches a certain amount of mileage, that other parts need to be inspected to ensure they are in good working order like: drive shafts, axles, shocks, brake pads and disc’s, tires, tire pressure, steering, underside, suspension, batteries, coolant check, radiator and coolant belts and hoses, engine condition and check for any leaks and fluids that might have accumulated. Quick lube facilities can’t perform any of the services that a competent garage mechanic can. They can’t even road test your car. So, if your car has a steering problem, or a tire is out of alignment or the ball joints are shot and control arms and rods are worn, without doing a road test, these necessary repairs will go unnoticed until something breaks possibly leaving your stranded to be towed to another facility to have the work done, all for a few dollars less. That doesn’t make any sense, does it.

Should I Even Have a Service Done at 20,000 or 30,000 Miles?

Outside of periodic oil changes, many customers are proactive and have their vehicles services every 20,000- 30,000 mile. They understand that to keep a car in good working condition that vehicle needs to be serviced. Most qualified garage mechanics will tell you that at least once a year the master brake cylinder, lines, hoses and fluids should be inspected. If you own a vehicle with say over 100,000 miles when was the last time someone qualified look at the door hinges, trunk and hood catches and see if they need lubrication. When was the last time someone checked the battery terminals, ignition system, reviewed your intake manifold or fuel injection system? Most garages don’t take the time to inspect the car as a whole at certain intervals. Most mechanics, who are responsible for a customer’s automobile perform some preventative maintenance, but only react when a problem occurs which can escalate into more expensive repairs down the road.

Who Can You Trust?

Muffler City Auto Repair is a trusted name in the automotive field having ASE Certified Mechanics and reliable vehicle maintenance programs, second to none. Ron Evans owner/operator and his chief mechanic Scott Brown are experienced professional mechanics who can fix any problem on any car, truck or SUV, foreign or domestic. Looking for expert custom exhaust services, look no further. For over 30 years, Ron has been servicing the automotive needs of customers. Give us a call at 904-739-0091 and get honest and gifted advice from one of the industries most experienced auto repair facilities. Or visit our website at for a complete list of our services.

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