Preventative Maintenance in Safety Harbor, FL – Duane’s Dealer Alternative
Preventative MaintenanceSome of us view routine & preventative maintenance differently. Sometimes we need to be extra conscious of our personal budget so we focus on the bare minimum to take care of our vehicle. Other times we will provide that little extra for our car during its routine service to aid in its longevity. Whether you plan to keep your vehicle for several years or you see the value in maintenance records that go above and beyond to help with its resale value; We often recommend the below items depending on your specific vehicle, its age and mileage.
- Fuel additive – BG Products MOA; Added to the fuel tank on every or every other oil change to clean fuel injectors, valves and combustion chambers
- Protection against engine wear & corrosion
- Greater power & performance
- Reduced emissions & oil consumption
- Longer engine life
- Fuel/Air Induction Service – BG Products guidance; performed every 15,000 miles; Some would say this service is critical for performance and longevity in GDI (gas direct injection) engines, but there are many useful applications especially when your vehicle isn’t running like it used to. Heavy deposits are common in the air intake because to help control emissions, noxious exhaust gases and crankcase vapors are captured and fed back into the air intake system. Gummy substances contained in these vapors combine with dirt and form deposits. These deposits will substantially reduce airflow, disrupting the critical air/fuel ratio that is essential to engine operation and fuel efficiency. The result is:
- Rough idle, poor performance & increased exhaust emissions This service:
- Cleans fuel injectors, throttle body, plenum & air intake
- Removes baked on carbon from valves, ports, piston crowns & combustion chamber
- Removes deposits from the catalytic converter
- o Restores engine performance and fuel eff
- Transmission Service – BG Products guidance; performed every 30,000 miles; Over time and miles, heat in the transmission causes the protective conditions in transmission fluid to break down. This results in the accumulation of oxidized deposits in the outer walls of the transmission’s torque converter. Those deposit break away from the find of the torque converter and clog the narrow passages of the transmission. This restricts fluid flow and disables the fluid’s ability to cool and protect vital gears, clutches and valves in the transmission. A full transmission service involves:
- Injecting cleaners into the system that loosen and dissolve baked on deposit from the transmission, valve body, torque converter, pan, filter element, transmission lines and transmission cooler.
- Specialized equipment then removes the old fluid and replaces it with new.
- One way to tell if your fluid is beginning to degrade is the appearance of wear particles and/or if the color is changing to something dark and dirty looking. Be sure to get your transmission fluid checked at every oil change. For some auto manufactures it is not necessary to change the transmission fluid until 100,000 miles or more. Please don’t rely on that since driving conditions are different for everyone. Having the fluid checked regularly is the only way to know for sure if it is still in good condition. Transmission repairs can be costly.
- If the transmission fluid still has life, but we know it has extensive miles on it, it may be an option to delay a full transmission service by adding a conditioner to your automatic transmission fluid. A quality ATF conditioner can rejuvenate and replenish vital ingredients in the ATF. This helps maintain peak performance and function until a full transmission flush can be performed.
- o Transmission service as preventive maintenance usually means a flush before you notice problems with your transmission. If you experience things such as trouble going into gear, hard shifts or thumps between gears, slipping or jumping gears, delay in acceleration, and strange noises such as whining or grinding are all signs it’s time to change the transmission fluid to avoid any costly damage to the transmission system.