Automotive Maintenance


Auto maintenance describes the act of inspecting or testing the condition of car subsystems and servicing or replacing parts and fluids. Regular maintenance is critical to ensure the safety, reliability, drivability, comfort and longevity of a car. During preventive maintenance, a number of parts are replaced to avoid major damage or for safety reasons, like timing belt replacement. Our team at MetalisMetal have been doing maintenance on cars, trucks, boats and trailers for the past 45 years… long enough to have seen it all.

The actual schedule of car maintenance varies depending on the year, make, and model of a car, its driving conditions and driver behavior. Car makers recommend the so-called extreme or the ideal service schedule based on impact parameters such as number of trips and distance traveled per trip per day; extreme hot or cold climate conditions; mountainous, dusty or de-iced roads; heavy stop-and-go vs. long-distance cruising,
towing a trailer or other heavy load situations. During winter, a car’s maintenance requirements differ due to cold weather.

Winter car maintenance tasks include: Change Your Oil; Check Coolant Levels; Check Your Tire Tread & Pressure
Inspect Your Lights; Check the Health of Your Wiper Blades; Check Your Battery and Stock Up On De-icer. Some tasks that have equivalent service intervals are combined into one single service known as a tune-up. In modern cars, where electronics control most of the car’s functions, the traditional tune-up doesn’t apply anymore. Maintenance jobs like a tune-up used to mean getting the engine’s performance back on track. Today embedded software takes care of it by constantly checking thousands of sensor signals, compensating for worn-out spark plugs, clogged filters, etc. The so-called limp-home function allows driving on limited power when the engine is in trouble. In the old days this might have meant a breakdown. In some countries, the completed services are recorded in a service book which is rubber-stamped by the service center upon completion of each service. A complete service history usually adds to the resale value of a vehicle.

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