Maintenance

Check out below for great car care tips or visit your local store today and speak to one of our knowledgeable sales associates to enhance the look and protection of your car.

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Service Schedule+

We have developed a service interval schedule with general guidelines for regular maintenance of passenger cars, SUVs, mini vans and pickups. This schedule is recommended for the majority of drivers and vehicles. Nonetheless, you as a car owner should always refer to our vehicle for specific recommendations from your vehicle manufacturer.

 

Service DescriptionRecommended Maintenance / Inspection intervals
Headlights & Small Bulbs Check Weekly
Lube & Oil Filter 3,000 miles / 4 months
Battery 6,000 mile inspection
CV Boots 6,000 mile inspection
Tyre Rotation 5,000 miles
Wheel Alignment 6,000 mile inspection
Emission Service 12,000 mile inspection
Engine Analysis 12,000 mile inspection

Engine Tune-Up (Non Computer)

12,000 miles

Exhaust Parts 12,000 mile Inspection
Fuel Filter (Carburetor)  12,000 miles
Fuel Filter (Injection) 12,000 miles
PVC Valve 12,000 miles/24 months
Air Filter 12,000 mile inspection
Breather Filter 12,000 mile inspection
Canister Filter 12,000 mile inspection

Cooling System Service 

12,000 miles/12 months

Shock Absorbers 12,000 mile inspection
Steering Parts 12,000 mile inspection
Struts & Cartridges 12,000 mile inspection
Wheel Bearing Repack Seals (Non-Drive Axie) 12,000 miles
Wiper Blades 12,000 mile inspection
Air Conditioning Service 24,000 miles/24 months
Fuel Injector Cleaning 24,000 miles
Power Flush Cooling System 24,000 miles
Brakes 24,000 mile inspection
CV Joints 24,000 mile inspection
Drive Axie Bearing & Seals 24,000 mile inspection
Engine Tune-Up (Computer) 24,000 miles
Fan/Accessory Belts 24,000 miles
Suspension Parts 24,000 mile inspection
Transmission Service 24,000 miles/24 months
Oxygen Sensor 30,000 mile inspection
Cooling System Hoses 36,000 miles/36 months
Universal Joints 36,000 mile inspection
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Oil, Filters and Fluids+

Your engine contains critical parts that need to be lubricated, cleaned and cooled by your car’s oil and filter.  In addition to oil, your engine requires other fluids used for the operation and protection of systems and components such as brakes, cooling, power steering and transmissions.  Your engine will also be equipped with a variety of filters for your transmission, fuel system and interior ventilation.

Some of the most common products used in maintaining your oils, filters and fluids include:

ENGINE OIL:

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine.  It reduces friction, lessens wear, provides lubrication, forms a seal between the pistons, rings and cylinder walls and helps cool engine parts.  Without the cleaning action of new oil, carbon and varnish build-up would be toxic to the engine.  And engine oil even dampens the shock and noise of moving parts.

SYNTHETIC OILS:

Synthetic oils contain chemically compounded lubricants that provide:

  • Higher viscosity stability over a wider temperature range

  • Reduced oil thickening

  • Reduced wear and increased load-carrying ability

OIL FILTERS:

Oil filters are designed to trap foreign particles suspended in the oil and prevent them from getting to the engine bearings and other parts.

Automatic transmission fluid: This is oil used in transmissions that lubricates and cools the transmission and transfers hydraulic pressure to shift gears automatically.

BRAKE FLUID:

This is the hydraulic fluid used to transmit pressure through the brake lines in a brake system.  Brake fluid also contains anti-corrosion additives that help protect hydraulic components like brake calipers and anti-lock brake pumps.

COOLANT/ANTIFREEZE:

This is the mixture of water and antifreeze used in a car’s cooling system to maintain the engine's temperature throughout its operating range.

AIR FILTERS:

Air filters remove harmful airborne particulates so they are not introduced to an engine’s combustion process.

A TYPICAL SERVICE WILL INCLUDE:

  • Changing your oil and filter every 3,000 miles or three months.  This is especially important if you regularly make short trips in your car, drive in stop-and-go traffic, idle for extended periods, or drive in dusty or dirty air conditions; conditions which are very typical for many Caribbean countries.

  • Coolant should be changed every two years or 24,000 miles on cars with ethylene glycol antifreeze.

OIL AND LUBRICANT WARNING SIGNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Your oil pressure light comes on, flickers or stays on.

  • You see fluid leaking underneath your engine.

  • Dip stick inspection shows oil or fluid loss soon after adding oil or fluids.

  • You see oil in the spark plug wells and oil film on different parts of the engine.

  • Your transmission is not shifting correctly.

  • Your engine or transmission is making odd noises.

  • Fluids have a strong burnt odour.

TYPICAL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN:

  • What fluids will you check?

  • Is an oil filter change included with this service?

  • Have you checked to ensure the oil you are recommending is the correct grade for my vehicle?

  • When should I get my next oil change?

  • Have you checked to see if any of my car’s fluids are low?
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Brake Service+

Perhaps the most important safety system on your car is the brake system. Brake inspections and service should never be postponed because your brakes eventually will have to be replaced for both safety and performance reasons. In fact, by delaying scheduled service of your brakes you risk not only your safety, but the potential to save money by maintaining expensive parts like rotors and drums on the brake system.

TYPICAL WARNING SIGNS INCLUDE:

  • Brake warning light comes on

  • Your car pulls to one side when braking instead of stopping in a straight line

  • When applied, your brakes create a jerky motion when stopping.

  • Brakes grind and squeal when applied

  • Brake pedal is either soft or very hard to depress

  • Brakes must be pumped to work properly

  • Wheel(s) are excessively hot after short drives

  • Brake fluid leaks are seen around any wheel or in engine compartment, near master cylinder location

  • Brake fluid very low or very dirty looking

A TYPICAL BRAKE SERVICE WOULD INCLUDE:

  • Inspecting your car’s brakes every 24,000 miles.

  • A typical brake job would include brake pad and/or shoe replacement.  Additionally, rotors or drums may also need machining or replacing, depending on their thickness.

  • The parking brake should also be checked for proper operation and adjustment.  In some cases, the parking brake shoes/pads may need replacement.

STEERING & SUSPENSION:

Your car’s steering and suspension system determine your car’s ride and handling, and is a key safety related system on your car.  It should be checked at least once per year, or every 12,000 miles, it is convenient to do when getting your car’s wheels aligned.

The very important job of a suspension system is to smooth out the ride while maintaining excellent control.  When working properly, the suspension system helps absorb the energy from irregularities such as potholes, and helps maintain vehicle stability.

TYPICAL WARNING SIGNS WOULD INCLUDE:

  • Fluid leaking out of the shock or strut body.

  • Dented or damaged shock or strut bodies.

  •  The vehicle "nose dives" when you apply the brakes.

  • The vehicle bounces excessively after hitting a road bump.

  • Mounts or bushings are broken or worn.

  • Tyre wear appears uneven.

  • The ride is harsh, bumpy or shaky.

  • Steering is stiff or makes noises.

  • Your vehicle sways or leans on turns.

FACTORS THAT AFFECT WEAR & TEAR ON THE SUSPENSION INCLUDE:

  • Driving habits

  • Operating conditions

  • Vehicle type

  • Type of steering and suspension system
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Lighting and Wipers+

Lighting and wipers significantly affect the visibility of your car, and the driver’s ability to maintain visibility. These elements therefore, play a major role in the safety of your car on the road.
The wiper system removes excessive water from the windscreen and maintains clear visibility, while the lighting system provides night-time visibility, signals and alerts other drivers and supplies light to vehicle's interior instruments.

TYPICAL WEAR & TEAR FACTORS THAT AFFECT REPLACEMENT INTERVALS INCLUDE:

  • Frequency of use.

  • Operating conditions (i.e. the very hot, sunny and salty conditions in the Caribbean can be very harsh on the wiper blade rubber).

  • Material and type of lights and wipers

In the case of wiper blades, “squeaking” of the wiper, streaking on the windshield, or a torn blade rubber are indications that the wiper may need changing.  Dim lights or rapid signal blinking are indicators that the bulbs could be reaching the end of their useful life.  Drivers should also periodically check that all external lights are functioning properly by placing someone outside the car to observe if the vehicle’s indicators, brake and headlights are working properly.

 

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Transmission+

The transmission allows power to be sent from the engine to the wheels and hence, plays a major role in the overall dependability of your car.  Typical wear and tear on the transmission can be influenced by:

  • Driving habits

  • Towing or excessive loads

  • Operating conditions

  • Condition of transmission fluid

  • Frequency of regular maintenance

SYMPTOMS OF TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS INCLUDE:

  • Slipping

  • Hesitation

  • Bucking

  • Grinding gears

  • Difficulty shifting

You should check the vehicle’s automatic transmission fluid with the engine running and the transmission in park or neutral, depending on manufacturer instructions.  For maximum performance, change the automatic transmission fluid every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

In the case of manual transmission, check fluids at each oil change andreplace every four years or 50,000 miles using a manufacturer recommended lubricant.

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