Auto Maintenance in Roanoke, Salem, & Cloverdale, VA
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Blue Ridge Truck & Auto is proud to offer a full range of car maintenance services to vehicle owners located in the greater Roanoke area. Visit one of our shops in Roanoke, Salem, or Cloverdale today!
Regular car maintenance is recommended for any vehicle to ensure that no problem goes undetected. It helps your vehicle run smoothly and efficiently and, in most cases, saves customers a lot of money. While a poorly running vehicle may not show any signs of malfunction, it tends to guzzle more gas and use up parts faster than a fine tuned one.
Do you remember the last time you took your vehicle in for an oil change? If you don’t, it may mean bad news. Professional mechanics agree that the oil in your vehicle should be changed every 3,000 miles to help ensure your car is running smoothly, cleanly, and to help avoid potentially costly repairs on damage that can be caused by dirty oil and clogged oil filters.
A lot of vehicle owners in the Roanoke area think that they can save a lot of money by attempting to take care of their own oil change without seeking the help of an experienced and qualified mechanic. What garages like Blue Ridge Truck & Auto can do that you can’t is test your oil to determine whether or not it needs to be changed, counsel you on the best type of oil to use in your vehicle and for your unique needs, check your oil filter and make sure that your oil change is performed properly to ensure lasting benefits and that your money is well spent.
The most common complication of infrequent oil changes is damaged caused by the accumulation of dust, metal fragments and other contaminants. As your oil ages, external pollutants can make their way in and the resulting contamination can lead to a lower gas mileage and, eventually, to your engine failing. One of Blue Ridge Truck & Auto’s qualified mechanics will also be able to let you know whether your air filter needs to be replaced when you take your vehicle in for an oil change. While a new and clean oil filter is the best way to keep your oil clean and your engine healthy, an old, clogged and dirty air filter will serve to do the exact opposite. It will contribute to the further contamination of your engine and will only serve to make matters worse.
If you own a vehicle and are located in the greater Roanoke area, Blue Ridge Truck & Auto is the garage choice for expert, quick and efficient oil change services. We’ll be happy to look at your air filter at the same time, and we will get your vehicle ready for another 3,000 miles in no time!
A lube job refers to the greasing and lubricating of key moving parts of your vehicle, including those vital to your suspension, drive train and those found in the engine bay. In most vehicles, you should have a lube job performed by a certified mechanic every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. This seemingly annoying, painstaking task can be performed in a relatively short time by an experienced, knowledgeable mechanic in any good garage, even if the job is not full service.
At a minimum, this task should be performed at least annually or semi-annually. Weather changes can greatly affect your vehicles performance, and ultimately its duration of life, particularly if you live or work in an area that experiences extreme weather changes or extremely hot or cold conditions.
Even newer vehicles with sealed bearings, automobiles that supposedly do not need lube jobs, should be checked by a mechanic from time to time to make sure that the bearings are still sealed. If you`re not sure whether or not you need a lube job, you should have a mechanic take a look at your car just in case, especially if you hear rattling or chirping noises. Ignoring the issue could cause serious damage to the moving parts of your suspension, drive train or engine bay.
So make an appointment as soon as you can to bring your vehicle in for a simple oil change or a lube job, as preventative maintenance is important to the performance and health of your vehicle. You won`t be sorry you took the time and effort to undergo such a simple experience.