Maintenance Tips from Vinny and various internet sources.

Recommended Maintenance



These are generic service recommendations based solely on time or mileage not on visual appearance or measurement. Their purpose is to extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent breakdown through a schedule of highly beneficial preventive maintenance procedures.

OIL - LUBE � FILTER ---------------------- 3,000 to 5,000 miles*

TIRE ROTATION ----------------------------- 5,000 to 7,500 Miles depending on tire style*

PCV VALVE ----------------------------------- Yearly, replace and service PCV system

WHOLE CAR DIAGNOSIS ------------------ Yearly and before purchase or sale

FUEL FILTER --------------------------------- Yearly or as needed

BATTERY SERVICE ------------------------- Yearly or as needed

AIR CONDITIONING ------------------------ Check every spring or as needed

RADIATOR COOLANT ---------------------- Every two years, flush*

BRAKE SYSTEM FLUSH ------------------- Every year

CLUTCH SYSTEM FLUSH ----------------- Every year

RADIATOR CAP ------------------------------ Replace every two years,

ENGINE OIL FLUSH ------------------------ 2 Years or 30,000 Miles

AUTOMATIC TRANS SERVICE ------------- 2 Years or 24,000 miles*

POWER STEERING FLUSH -------------- 2 Years or 24,000 miles

EGR SYSTEM SERVICE -------------------- 2 Years or 24,000 miles*

4X4 TRANSFER CASE ----------------------- 15,000 to 50,000 miles*

CARBON CLEANING ------------------------ 2 Years or 30,000 miles or as needed*

THROTTLE-BODY SERVICE -------------- 2 Years or 30,000 miles or as needed*

RADIATOR & HEATER HOSES ----------- 4 Years or 60,000 miles

DRIVE BELTS --------------------------------- 4 Years or 60,000 miles

TIMING BELT --------------------------------- 90,000 miles*

DIFFERENTIAL FLUID -------------------- 15,000 to 50,000 miles*

MANUAL TRANS SERVICE ---------------- 15,000 to 50,000 miles*

VALVES ----------------------------------------- Adjust per owner�s manual

SCAN FOR COMPUTER CODES --------- When amber �CHECK ENGINE� Light is on

OXYGEN SENSOR --------------------------- Per owner�s manual or as needed


Why We Recommend Modern Services

Fuel Injection cleaning: Removes carbon and deposits from injectors, valves, and combustion chambers. Carbon deposits are the result of additives used in modern gasolines to keep them stable and burnable. These necessary chemicals leach out and form substantial collections of carbon. Motorvac or carbon depletion services are recommended for emissions failures, engine pinging problems, rough idle problems, hard starting, hesitation problems and as general preventive maintenance. Failure to perform this service could lead to failed emissions, various performance concerns, lowered fuel economy, engine noises and sometimes --- engine damage.

Cooling System Flush: Removes scale and contamination from inside the radiator and engine and maintains the proper coolant pH. Coolant pH is continually dropping and the lower the pH the more acidic and corrosive the coolant becomes. Coolant should be changed at two years or twenty four thousand miles on most vehicles. Failure to flush coolant can lead to: water pump failure, radiator failure, shortened hose life, failed head gaskets and many other costly failures.

Transmission Service: Removes normal contamination from the inside of the transmission. It is especially helpful in removing dirt that collects inside the torque converter. Because the torque converter spins at a high rate of speed, dirt suspended in the transmission fluid is spun outward inside the converter and builds up on its inner surfaces. Dirt continues to build until it reaches a sufficient thickness to begin flaking off in chunks. The chunks of dirt restrict the flow of fluid through very small passages inside the transmission. Reduced fluid flow causes the transmission to overheat leading to rapid wear of automatic transmission clutches and premature transmission failure. Routine transmission servicing can double or triple the life of your automatic transmission. It is one of the most cost beneficial services you can perform.

Power Steering Flush: A relatively new process that helps prevent the failure of seals and gaskets inside the power steering pump and steering rack. In the past, power steering fluid was not a concern and typically lasted the life of the vehicle. Today, power steering fluid deteriorates much sooner due to significantly higher operating temperatures and pressures. Fluid deterioration can be credited with an estimated 300% increase in power steering repairs over the past fifteen years. Power steering flushing prevents most expensive power steering failures.

Brake Flush: Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it attracts and absorbs water. This is a natural occurrence in all brake systems. Contrary to a popular myth, there is no such thing as a sealed brake system. Because brake fluid attracts water like a magnet attracts metal, moisture can even be drawn into the fluid through the pores of rubber brake system components. Moisture in the brake system combines with available oxygen causing oxidation of brake hydraulic parts. Some cheap, some staggeringly expensive!

Engine Oil Flush: No matter how meticulous you are about oil changes there are areas inside every engine where oil doesn�t circulate well. The oil sits in depressions in metal castings of the engine where it slowly becomes thick and gooey from heat. Over time this forms chunks of sludge that move about inside the engine. As these chunks find their way to the oil pan they�re sucked into the oil pump pickup screen where they eventually restrict the amount of oil that can circulate for lubrication. Net result --- shortened engine life.

Note: Coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid should be replaced before they change color. When a fluid changes color it�s causing damage to the system it is supposed to protect. Example: coolant changes color because of rust. (Rust n. dissolved engine.)
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Vinny's Seasonal Maintenance Recommendations:


With the warm weather arriving, many of us will take to the highways for trips and vacations. Make sure that a breakdown doesn't interrupt your plans.

Over time, your vehicle's coolant can become contaminated, weak and ineffective. In addition to the obvious inconvenience of a breakdown, overheating can cause serious damage to your vehicle's engine, resulting in costly repairs.

So, before heading out on your vacation, call us for an appointment. Our technicians can power flush your cooling system if needed, replace the coolant and inspect the radiator, belts and hoses. We'll even test your air conditioner's operation for free.


When summertime arrives is the time to have your automotive air conditioning inspected and tested. Let our experienced A/C technicians check out your vehicle's air conditioning system. It has been our experience that finding small potential problems now, can save you money and hot days behind the wheel.

We will inspect your system, test the overall A/C performance and check for any refrigerant leaks. We will also notify you of any potential problems and do any necessary service.


With cooler weather coming it's a good time to �winterize� your vehicle and have it inspected before trouble occurs. If you use snow tires now is the time to have them installed now.

Your tires should be inspected & rotated every 5,000 8,000 miles. For your safety, we can inspect your brakes while we rotate your tires. We will also check the condition of your belts and hoses.

Important to know:

Tire wear: Worn tread in a tire could be an indication of other areas of concern for your vehicle, such as wheel alignment problems, worn suspension parts, or improper wheel balance.

Air pressure: Having the proper air pressure in your tires is a major factor in preventing premature tire wear and failure. Low tire pressure will cause your vehicle to burn more fuel. Proper air pressure in your tires saves on fuel and money.

These tips ensure you have a safe, smooth and comfortable ride.


When winter is upon us you may be ready, but is your vehicle?

If your answer to this question is "no" or "maybe", let us help you get ready.

Here's what we�ll do to get you ready for winter:

Tune up your engine.
Check your charging system and check your battery.
Top off your windshield washer fluid.
Check all hoses and belts.
Don't let winter leave you and your vehicle out in the cold.

An oil change is the least expensive service you can have done to help keep your engine in good health. The oil both lubricates and cools moving parts preventing friction from allowing the engine to lock up. The oil gets worn as the engine runs and needs to be changed on a regular basis. An oil change should be done every 3000 miles or 3 months-whichever comes first.

Brakes are perhaps the most important system in your car. You are moving thousands of pounds around and the brakes allow the vehicle to come to a stop when needed. We offer a lifetime warranty on brakes which covers all parts and labor, however brake rotors are guaranteed for only 1 year with unlimited miles. Any complete brake job with calipers, pads or shoes, rotors and drums is guaranteed for the life of the vehicle. *Ask manager about further details*

NY state requires vehicles to be inspected once a year. Inspections are very important because if there are hidden issues with the vehicle then they may be noticed during the inspection and fixed before developing into major problems. We check not only the required items from NY state but do a comprehensive multi-point inspection that will help gauge the overall condition of the vehicle and anticipate services or repairs which may be coming due.

Tires keep your car gripped to the road surface and it's important to keep them in good shape. Tires lifetime and performance can be affected by many factors including road surfaces and driving styles. The front wheels can steer left and right and the front tires are exposed to more wear forces than the rear. For this reason tires need to be rotated to equalize their wear so that the front tires last as long as the rear tires. The recommended interval for rotating tires is 6000 miles. Tires are rubber products that can start to break down over time and exposure to the elements. This is called "dry rotting" and can cause visible cracks in the side-wall which is an indicator that the tire should be replaced. Tires should be replaced if 10 years or older because to dry-rotting. We will beat any tire price no matter what. Owner's guarantee.

Mufflers and Exhaust are so important for gas mileage and the proper running of your engine. Your engine is designed to run most efficently with proper back pressure. Leaking exhaust systems can create pollution in the form of loud noise and dangerous gas emissions and can possibly disrupt the vehicle on-board diagnostics and turn the check engine light on

Air conditioning is important for safety year round. In the winter fog and ice can develop on the inside of car windows blocking visibility. Running the A/C on the defogger setting removes the humidity causing frost build up to clear

It is important to keep the engine cooling system in good working order. The engine was designed to work at a specific temperature range, and running too hot can damage the engine. The system keeps the heat down by pumping coolant(antifreeze + water) through the engine and then through the radiator where the heat is dissipated into the outside air by a fan. It is good maintainence to change the engine coolant once a year to ensure top performance from the system. This is often done in preparation for the cold season in a service called "Winterizing" and will give the system best ability to cool the engine and keep the cabin warm for passengers.

As always, we appreciate your business and the opportunity to serve you. We hope you will call on us for all of your service needs.


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