SOURCE: AAMCO Dallas

August 06, 2013 17:14 ET

Auto Repair in Dallas: Make Sure Your Car Is Running Properly for Back to School

Guidelines for a DIY Checkup or Take Your Cars to AAMCO for Quality Auto Repair in Dallas; If Necessary, We Offer Quality, Affordable Repairs by ASE Licensed Technicians

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Aug 6, 2013) - Whether you are going to be driving the kids to school or sending one off to college in a car of their own, you want to make sure your vehicles can be depended on to perform reliably day after day. Now's the time to get a vehicle checkup. Here are some guidelines for checkups you can do yourself, but for a more thorough checkup take it to the experts at AAMCO, the best auto repair in Dallas, TX.

A Professional, Thorough Checkup

Although there is a basic DIY checkup list below, you should strongly consider getting your car looked at by an expert auto repair mechanic. This not only saves you the trouble of going through all the steps yourself, but ensures that your car is being looked at by professionally trained and thoroughly experienced eyes that can spot problems in an instant before they put your car out of service. During engine maintenance, an AAMCO mechanic can perform:

  • Air filtration replacement, including:
    • Air filter
    • Breather unit
    • PCV valve
  • Fuel system cleaning service
  • Automatic transmission fluid services
  • Full service oil, lube & filter change
  • Battery maintenance services
  • Light bulb replacement
  • Brake system fluid check
  • Serpentine belt check and replacement
  • Cabin air filter service
  • Tire rotation
  • Cooling system service
  • Wiper blade replacement
  • Fuel filter replacement

All according to your car's manufacturer recommended guidelines. And the certified mechanics at AAMCO mean the service won't void your warranty the way that DIY maintenance can.

And if any work is necessary, AAMCO will give you a quality repair at a reasonable price, backed by the strongest nationwide warranty in the business.

Rahim Nathoo of AAMCO Dallas says, "Our nationwide warranty gives peace of mind especially to parents sending kids off to college. This way, parents will know that if anything goes wrong with a repair, their kid can take it to the local AAMCO, not just here in Dallas, but anywhere in the country, and get that problem fixed for up to 12 months."

DIY Checklist
If you are wanting to make sure your car is running as it should, here are a few basics you need to make sure of:

  • Battery: Warm weather can mask battery problems, since batteries tend to work better when warmer. However, the hot weather can actually be hard on your battery, and its performance may be degraded. If you want to make sure your car will start as the weather cools, you can get a free battery test at many auto parts stores. Expect to replace a car battery every 3-5 years.
  • Tires: Fluctuating weather and just time will cause your tires to lose pressure. You can find the recommended pressure in the owner's manual or on a sticker on the inside of the driver's side door.
    • Rotate tires every 6,000 miles, and replace them when the tread gets low.
    • Don't have a tread gauge? Ask Lincoln. Take a penny and place it in your tread. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tires are officially worn out and need to be replaced.
    • Want an early warning? Ask George. Place a quarter in your tread, and if part of his head is always covered, your tires still have a little wear in them.
  • Engine Oil: Check your manual for the recommended times to change your engine oil. Generally, it should be every 3-5,000 miles or three to six months.
    • Check the engine oil level by parking your car on a level surface. Stop the engine, remove the dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert it, and remove it. Now look at the level to see if it's in the acceptable range on the dipstick. If it's low, add a little, but don't overfill.
    • Also look at the color of the oil. If it's dark black or has a burnt smell, it needs to be replaced.
  • Transmission Fluid: If you have an automatic transmission, you can check it the same way as the engine oil, except you check with the engine running.
    • Don't forget to check the color of your transmission fluid. It should be light pink in color. If it's dark or brown, you may have a transmission problem.
    • Transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles or according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Engine Coolant: You can check the level by looking at the translucent plastic tank. It has marks on the outside that you can use to gauge the coolant level. Change coolant every 30-50,000 miles.
  • Power Steering Fluid: You may have a plastic tank you can inspect visually or a dipstick for power steering fluid. If it's low, it likely means a leak. Otherwise, change it every 50,000 miles.
  • Brakes and Brake Fluid: Make sure your brake fluid is at the proper levels. Some cars have visual inspection ports you can use to look at the brake lining thickness left. Otherwise, be aware of noise, vibration, or uneven braking, as these are signs you need to have them worked on.
  • Air Filter: Replace every year or so or every 12-15,000 miles.
  • Fuel Filter: Replace every fourth oil change or so.
  • Windshield Wipers: Replace when the rubber is worn, performance declines, or every 6-12 months.

These basics can help extend the life of your car and protect against many common problems. However, if you do encounter problems when driving here in Dallas, you can get affordable quality repair at AAMCO.

About AAMCO Dallas
AAMCO has been the most trusted name in auto repair in Dallas since 1963, with access to proprietary tools and databases that allow them to diagnose and fix major transmission problems right the first time -- backed by the strongest nationwide warranty in the business. AAMCO on Inwood Road is also a full-service repair shop, performing engine, A/C, brakes, and other repairs.

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