Regular maintenance keeps you safe, is cheaper than emergency repairs, and can increase the carís resale value.
We offer a 10% discount on any of the services listed on this page.
Schedule your carís maintenance using these tips and your ownerís manual.
Write it on your Calendar
- Tires are so important, check them in these three ways:
If you need tires, we sell Dunlop and Kelly tires. We also have an array of used tires in out inventory as well.
- Check air pressures monthly.
- Check tire treads for uneven wear, indicating worn parts or bad wheel alignment.
- Check the tread-depth; we recommend treads to be at lease a quarter inch deep.
- As it ages, antifreeze builds up acids that can eat away at the metals in your engine and cooling system, causing the parts to fail. Change antifreeze every two to three years.
- Brake fluid absorbs moisture that could destroy any of the components in the brake system. Flush and replace every two to three years.
Check Before Trips
- Belts and hoses that fail can leave you stranded on the road. Before traveling, check your belts for cracks, fraying, and glazing. Check hoses for cracks and weak spots.
- Nothing is worse than getting a flat tire and not having a good spare. Before loading The car, make sure that you have a jack in the trunk and a spare tore with enough air pressure.
- Your carís battery and battery cables need to be in good condition in the summer because hot batteries and engines are hard to start. Check cable ends for corrosion. Ask us to load-test your battery.
Count the miles
- Engine oil becomes contaminated with acids, carbon, gas, and dirt as you drive. Your engine will last a lot longer if the moving parts are well lubricated with good clean oil. Change the oil and filter every 3,000 miles.
- Brakes are you car's #1 safety feature. Make sure they work at their best. If you change the brakes before they start grinding, it will cost less and youíll be safer. Check every 20,000 miles or six months. (Always ask for all four wheels to be checked.)
- Transmission fluid doesnít last forever. Gears, bearings, and clutches wear our faster when the fluid is ole. Replace transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.
- The timing belt usually gives no warning before breaking. When it does, the engine stops and will not start. On some cars the valves will collide with the tops of the pistons and bend, requiring a $800 to $1,500 valve job. Changing the timing belt on schedule is good insurance at $150 to $300. Most manufacturers recommend timing belt replacement every 60,000 miles.
In the event of an emergency
Anker's Auto Service
- If any dashboard warning lights come on, donít keep driving. You could ruin your engine! Pull over, stop the engine, and ask for help. A tow is much cheaper than replacing an engine.
- Shock absorbers and struts in good shape give you a comfortable ride and keep your tires in contact with the road. Have your shocks and struts checked if you feel your car bouncing over dips in the road or shuddering when going around a bumpy corner.
1907 Van Vranken Avenue, Schenectady, NY