Auto Maintenance Services

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Vehicle Maintenance Services in Jacksonville, FL

Automotive preventative maintenance is much more than checking worn wiper blades, kicking tires and getting your oil changed. Competent automotive maintenance is really only accomplished when having a qualified mechanic, with extensive training and an ASE certification review your car, truck, pickup truck or SUV’s condition and service record. Muffler City Auto Repair believes in preventative maintenance service and performs a thorough checkup using a full array of diagnostics equipment to determine what services are need immediately and what other service requirements are due in the near future. At Muffler City Auto Repair, we only perform those services that are needed, at the time they are needed. Regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance is really the key to extending the life of your vehicle and will reduce costly repairs down the road.

With so many automotive service shops springing up and those franchised, quick-lube oil and brake shops, its hard to determine who is qualified to perform preventative and regularly scheduled maintenance on your vehicle and who isn’t. We recommend before letting anyone have access to your car, pick-up truck, light truck or SUV, review the credentials of the service personnel wanting to perform services on your vehicle. Check the technician’s credentials by looking at the businesses website or ask before any service is done. Also review what services they perform and if they are not a full-service repair garage be very careful who you let underneath your hood.

Muffler City Auto Repair is a full-service repair and preventative maintenance facility that perform services needed to maintain your vehicle in the best working condition, all at a cost-effective price. Good vehicle service does not have to be expensive and at Muffler City Auto Repair we keep our prices low every day. Below are the free 11 point inspections we perform on every vehicle that enters are shop.

Free 11 Point Inspection

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Inspect Air Filters

Check Oil

Check Battery

Timing Belt

Engines Electrical Components

Tire Pressure

Tire Tread / Wear

Wheel Alignment

Our Recommend Maintenance Practices

OIL, FILTERS, FLUIDS

  • Engine Filter and Oil Changes
  • Check level with engine off at every fill up.
  • For maximum engine life, change oil and filter every 3 months or 3000 miles.

COOLANT (ANTIFREEZE)

  • Check current levels at reservoir – do not open a hot radiator cap.
  • If low, add manufacturers suggested coolant /antifreeze mix for your vehicle.
  • Change coolant every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

BELTS AND HOSES

  • Inspect all hoses at every oil change. Replace leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted or swollen hoses.
  • Check the V-belts and serpentine belts for condition of and tension.
  • Replace cracked, frayed, glazed or any belts showing signs of wear.
  • Review manufacturers suggested timing belt replacement. Usually between 60,000 to 90,000 miles – Not following the manufactures suggested timing belt replacement, could result in serious engine damage.

STEERING, SUSPENSION & TIRES

  • Inspect steering and suspension system annually. Including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts, ball joints, tie rod ends, and all other components. Replace any parts if found leaking, damaged or loose.
  • Check tire pressure, including the spare, monthly
  • Check tire tread for wear, cuts or bruises on the sidewalls
  • Always keep tires inflated to proper tire pressure.
  • Replace tires if worn or damaged

CHASSIS LUBRICATION

  • Some newer cars are lubed-for-life – others still require this service.
  • Steering and suspension may require periodic lubrication.

EXHAUST SYSTEM

  • Inspect exhaust for any leaks, damage and broken supports. Inspect for any loose parts or unusual noises.
  • Exhaust leaks, depending on where they occur, can contaminate the passenger compartment with deadly carbon monoxide gas. Never leave passengers in a car running for extended lengths of time.

BRAKE SERVICE

  • Check entire brake system at least once a year. Inspecting brake linings, pads, rotors and drums.

BRAKE FLUID

  • Check brake fluid with engine off or running.
  • If frequent topping off is required, inspect brake linings for leaks.
  • Replace brake fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

FUEL FILTER

  • Check fuel filter for any restriction or water contamination. Sediment in fuel filters shortens the life of the fuel pump.
  • Recommended replacing fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles

ENGINE AIR FILTER

  • Inspect air filter at every oil change
  • Replace annually if torn, oil or water soaked, dirty or showing signs of wear.

BATTERIES AND CABLES

  • Test batteries three years old or more.
  • Check mounting to ensure its secure.
  • All battery connection should be tight, clean and corrosion free.

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID

  • Review manufacturers guidelines for checking fluid levels.
  • Change every 2 years or 24,000 miles for maximum performance.
  • Differential, Manual Transmissions and Transfer Case.
  • Check fluid levels at every oil change
  • Replace fluids based on manufacturers maintenance, 4 years or 50,000 miles with recommended lubricant.

WINDSHIELD WIPER FLUID

  • Check fluids monthly.
  • Use washer fluid only, not plain water for maximum use.

POWER STEERING FLUID

  • Check fluid with engine off. Indicator lines on dipstick show “full cold” or “full hot” depending on circumstances.
  • If frequent topping off is necessary, inspect for leaks in the system.
  • Replace fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles

CABIN FILTER

  • Check and replace annually. Some vehicles have more than one, refer to owner’s manual.

BRAKE SERVICETUNE UP

  • Replace oxygen sensor at interval as recommended.
  • Oxygen sensor replacement light might appears when replacement is needed for newer cars.
  • Replace spark plugs at 30,000 and 100,000 miles intervals, depending manufacture.

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

  • If the check engine light comes on while driving or remains on, your vehicle may have an emissions or sensor problem. Check immediately to prevent engine damage should it be equipped with something else.
  • If check engine light flashes, immediately pull over and call Muffler City, because the condition might be more severe.

APPEARANCE

  • Inspect your cars appearance often, looking for any road bruises that could affect performance. Never use detergents to clean your car as they can strip wax off the finish.
  • Wax and polish your car often especially if the car is not garaged to protect its finish.