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Regular Car Maintenance
6,000 KM CAR MAINTENANCE SERVICE
- Change oil
- Replace oil filter
- Inspect and top up (if necessary) these fluids:
- Cooling system
- Power steering
- Windshield washer
- Inspect drive belt
- Lubricate hinges, locks and latches
- Lubricate chassis, steering and suspension components (if applicable)
- Visually inspect front/rear wheel drive systems, steering system, suspension component, universal joints and boot
- Detect leaks
- Visually inspect exhaust system
- Inspect tires and adjust air pressure
- Inspect and replace (if necessary) outside lights
- Inspect and replace (if necessary) windshield wipers
- Inspect horn
24,000 KM Annual Car Maintenance Service
We recommend that you take advantage of this service every 24,000 km or 12 months.
Our technicians will:
Perform the 6,000 km Maintenance Service, plus:
- Road test vehicle
- Align wheels
- Rotate/balance tires and inspect spare tire
- Service brake system:
- Disassemble and inspect primary components at all four wheels
- Lubricate/reassemble, adjust brake shoes (if necessary)
- Inspect flexible and rigid brake lines
- Inspect and replace (if necessary) air filter
- Inspect and replace (if necessary) passenger compartment air filter(s) and pollen filter(s)
- Inspect cooling system:
- Test pressure
- Check pH
- Inspect hoses and clamps
- Clean outside of radiator and air conditioning condenser
- Inspect transmission
- Steering system
- Suspension components
- Power train
- Inspect and lubricate:
- Accelerator linkages
- Shifter linkages
- Space tire retractor (below vehicle)
- Parking brake cables and linkages
48,000 KM Plus Service
Perform the 6,000 km Maintenance Service and the 24,000 km Annual Maintenance Service, plus:
- Flush and replace:
- Cooling fluid
- Transmission fluid and filter
- Differential lubricant
- Hydraulic brake fluid
- Hydraulic power steering fluid
- Transfer case lubricant (4X4)
- Inspect ignition system
- Inspect and replace (if necessary) spark plugs
- Performance test heating and air conditioning systems
- Replace fuel filter
- Inspect gas fume collection system
- Inspect clutch system
- Compliance check airbag system and seatbelt retractors
- Read computer codes
- Replace PCV valve
96,000 KM SUPREME SERVICE
We recommend that you take advantage of this service every 96,000 km or 48 months.
Our technicians will:
Perform 6,000 km Maintenance Service, 24,000 km Annual Maintenance Service and 48,000 km Plus Service, plus:
- Replace timing belt
- Replace spark plugs
- Replace ignition cable
- Clean injection system
- Test ignition advance (if applicable)
- Replace hoses and belts
Wheels are aligned with specific settings, and different models can have different settings. But hitting potholes, curbs or even just the usual bumps you encounter daily on the road can cause your wheels to become unaligned.
Poor wheel alignment affects your handling, and it can create a pull on your vehicle that can be very straining during long drives as you’re constantly fighting to keep your vehicle going straight. Over time, poor alignment can also damage other components, and causes your tires to wear our unevenly, and therefore more quickly. That’s why it’s important to have a technician inspect your wheel alignment periodically.
The automatic transmission system in a modern car can have up to eight speeds, making it a very sophisticated piece of machinery. While transmissions are designed to last a long time, they do require regular maintenance to operate smoothly.
Transmission fluid is vital to a smooth transmission. Because it cools and lubricates the transmission components, it’s crucial that you always have enough transmission fluid. When there isn’t enough fluid, the transmission will run hotter and may wear out sooner. Transmission fluid also provides the pressure needed to transfer the power from the engine to the transmission – not enough fluid and your transmission won’t shift properly.
If your transmission isn’t shifting as smoothly as it should, let your Service Advisor take a look at it. Regular maintenance and taking care of small leaks will help your transmission lasts as long as possible.
Transfer Case Service
Your transfer case transfers engine power to your vehicle’s front and rear axles. Some transfer cases are lubricated with gear oil, while others use automatic transmission fluid. Transfer case fluid cools and lubricates the gears, chains, bearings, shafts and other parts.
Over time, the fluid deteriorates and doesn’t protect as well and small metal particles can contaminate the fuel, causing the transfer case to wear prematurely. So it’s important to drain it periodically and replace the old fluid with fresh fluid. Of course, it’s also important to use the right fluid for your vehicle, and our qualified technicians can help you choose the right one. Ask your Service Advisor about when you should have a transfer case service.
Tire Rotation and Balancing
Tires are rotated to even our tread wear. We rotate the tires so that all the tires do some duties on the front as well as getting a bit of rest on the back of the car. Most of the tires move from front to back, but patterns can vary on different vehicles.
Wheel balancing is required when there are some heavy spots on the tires that can create unbalance problems. Unbalanced wheels bounce as you drive along the road and can cause annoying vibrations at higher speeds, and also cause your tires to wear out prematurely. So a simple tire rotation and wheel balancing can help save you from more costly repairs or purchases down the line.
The timing belt is the part of your vehicle that keeps your valves operating in time with your engine so that it runs properly. Your timing belt synchronizes critical engine functions and makes sure valves are opening and closing at the right time, so a worn or broken timing belt can cause very expensive engine damage. Not only that, but if your timing belt is off, your engine just won’t run.
Like any other moving part, belts wear out naturally. But if you replace your timing belt on schedule, you’ll likely avoid the downtime and expense that can result from a broken or slipping timing belt. Ask your advisor when your timing belt is due for replacement.
There are two different areas to consider when it comes to steering: first, the power-assist, and second, the actual parts that steers the vehicle.
The power steering pump provides boost to help you steer easily. The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps will eventually wear out and holes will start to leak, but you can postpone that by having a power steering system serviced. Our technicians will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh one, which will help remove water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. Your steering parts can also be lubed to help them operate more smoothly.
It’s a good idea to take care of problems early on, before they start to stress other components and cause a chain reaction of damage.
Spark plugs provide the spark needed to burn gas in your engine. The “spark” made by your spark plug is like a tiny bolt of lightning; it’s that powerful. Each time it sparks, a wee bit of material is lost from the electrodes. Over the millions and millions of sparks that happen over the thousands of miles you drive, enough material is lost from the spark plug to affect its performance. That’s one reason they need to be replaced.
It’s also critically important to have the right type of spark plug for your vehicle. Engines are design to run with different internal temperatures. Spark plugs are design to run with specific temperatures as well. Your special advisor will be able to determine the right plug for your vehicle and when to replace your spark plugs as well.
The serpentine belt is the belt driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternator, conditioner compressor and power steering pump. Your vehicle won’t run if the serpentine belt breaks. Also, it’s important for the belt to be tight. There is a portion of your engine that puts pressure on the belt to keep it at the right tension. If the belt is too loose, it will slip. Belt wear can’t always be seen, but can be measured by a trained technician using a special tool that measures the depth in the grooves of the belt to see if it needs replacing.
Studies show that 20 percent of vehicles on the road today need a serpentine belt replacement. A worn belt can break without warning, so the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before if it is worn or damaged.