5 Vital Vehicle Maintenance Services Austin Car Owners Overlook

vehicle-maintenanceIf getting an oil change every now and then is the only vehicle maintenance service that you keep up with in hopes that your car will run smoothly, then this blog post is for you.

Keeping up with your car, truck, SUV or minivan’s maintenance services may seem like an added cost and more time in the auto repair shop, but in reality, keeping your car well maintained actually saves you time and money! Most routine maintenance services cost a lot less, and take much less time to complete, than the major automotive repairs that would result if your car brakes down. After all, an oil change is much easier to take care of than an engine repair!

At Chelsie’s Automotive, we are always looking for ways to help you you’re your car running better, longer. Our experienced mechanics have put together this list of the most frequently ignored vehicle maintenance services, and what we can do to help!

1. Cabin Air Filter

Cabin air filters help keep the passenger compartment of your vehicle free of contaminants during your drive, such as dirt, pollen, dust, and exhaust from other vehicles. Without a properly functioning cabin air filter, smells and pollutants such as diesel fumes can permeate your clothes and upholstery, and make it difficult to breath. When the filter becomes dirty or clogged, you might notice an odd smell, or a reduction in airflow when you turn on your air conditioner. It’s recommended that you change the cabin air filter every 15,000 – 20,000 miles but if you drive in an area where the pollutants would be higher, such as a large city, or drive on dirt roads often, you should have your filter checked more frequently.

Because the cabin air filter is a relatively recent addition to automotive air filtration systems, it can frequently go overlooked by mechanics who don’t utilize the latest techniques and diagnostics. Our Austin auto repair experts always keep up-to-date on the most modern technologies and skills to give you the best service possible. We can quickly address and fix your cabin air filter, so you can get back on the road and breath easy!

2. Tire Pressure

tire-pressure-check-300x230There is a “sweet spot” for air pressure in tires that is different for every car and every tire make and model. If the pressure is incorrect, it can cause a variety of problems that affect your driving and the integrity of your tires. Having the wrong tire pressure can also cause damage to your vehicle.

If your tire pressure is too high, your tires will have less contact with the road, and reduce the friction necessary to create sufficient traction for a safe driving experience. If your tire pressure is too low, the additional contact your tires make with the road will cause them to wear faster. The increased resistance from the additional contact will also slow your vehicle down, making it work harder, resulting in poor fuel efficiency. It’s important to have an expert check tires with low pressure for possible leaks. Properly fixing a leak can be an easy and cost-efficient way to increase the longevity of your tires.

At Chelsie’s Automotive, no matter what make or model you drive, we know the perfect amount of air for your tires. We have been helping drivers with all of their tire services in Austin, TX for nearly 20 years! Our technicians will make sure that you get the most out of your tires, and help them perform at their absolute best.

3. Engine Air Filter

Every car requires an engine air filter that is specific to the vehicle’s make and model. Your engine’s air filter prevents dirt, pollen, insects, and other pollutants from entering your car’s intake system. Without it, the ingested contaminants would cause excessive engine abrasion and corrosion. Over time, as your filter becomes dirty or clogged, your engine will be under more strain from the lack of air circulating, robbing it of power, and performance. Prolonged neglect can result in costly engine repairs that could have been avoided with simple maintenance.

For those that are familiar with getting their oil changed, getting the air filter replaced might seem like a standard part of the process, and in some cases, it is. However, some shops don’t inform customers whether replacing the air filter is actually included in their oil change service or not. Consequently, many drivers can slowly accumulate damage to their intake system, unknowingly harboring clogged engine air filters they believed were changed.

At Chelsie’s Automotive, we always provide honest and quality auto service. Our Austin auto repair experts are happy to evaluate and explain the condition of your air filter. If you think your filter might need maintenance, bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop. We can quickly and properly install the correct part for your vehicle, and have you back on the road worry-free!

4. Transmission Flush

transmission-flush-austin-300x300It’s no surprise that properly maintaining your transmission keeps your car running at its best, and helps prevent future repairs, while ignoring the health of your transmission can cause extensive damage to your vehicle. Since transmission repair can be one of the most expensive services your vehicle will ever need, it’s important to take all available precautions to avoid it.

While many people are familiar with the necessity of changing their engine oil, few know that your car’s transmission can also require new fluids. In transmissions, the fluid acts as a lubricant, and provides the hydraulic pressure needed for your transmission to operate. Similar to engine oil, transmission fluid can become dirty and contaminated over time. When sludge builds up, it causes a difference in pressure within your transmission and restricts the car’s ability to properly shift.

Many dealers will void vehicle warranties if the transmission has not been adequately cared for, causing the already steep expense of transmission mission repair to be even higher. Bring your vehicle in to Chelsie’s Automotive to avoid costly problems later on. Our mechanics can examine your transmission fluid, and see if you might be able to benefit from a transmission flush.

5. Alignment

Proper wheel alignment is necessary for keeping your car driving smooth and straight. It’s also a critical procedure for evenly distributing the weight and pressure on the tires. If your vehicle’s tires are out of alignment, you might feel as if the car “pulls” to one side when you’re driving or it might feel wobbly at lower speeds. You also might notice some physical symptoms of improper alignment by closely evaluating the wear of your tires. The front two tires should be equally worn, and the back two tires should be equally worn. The tires should also have an even amount of wear across the tread, rather than on certain spots or sides.

Visit Chelsie’s Automotive today to have our experts evaluate your vehicle’s alignment. Along with our years of experience, the technicians at Chelsie’s Automotive are equipped with the latest technology and resources that other shops don’t have. We can properly align your vehicle to its factory grade condition, and optimize its performance, to give you the smoothest ride possible.

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No matter what vehicle maintenance services you need, the ASE Certified Mechanics at Chelsie’s Automotive are happy to help. If you’re in need of any maintenance services or auto repair in Austin, TX, visit us today, and let us help you keep your car running and looking like new for years to come!

Jim

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