Must-Know Engine Maintenance for Every Car Owner

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If you own a car, chances are you have been told how important it is to keep up with routine maintenance of your auto parts and engine to get the longest value and lifespan out of your vehicle. But what exactly does that mean?

At Patriot Buick GMC, we have the parts and service you need to keep your engine running at peak performance, and after reading our helpful tips, you will know exactly when it’s time for a visit.

Engine Basics

Your car’s internal combustion engine (ICE) is responsible for the propulsion of your car. A series of chemical reactions occur within the engine that moves the wheels that drive the car forward.

This “powertrain” system is made up of countless moving pieces, which all must work smoothly without overheating in order to maintain fuel efficiency, low emissions ratings, and ultimately keep the car in working order.

Parts to Monitor & Maintain

Motor Oil: A standard oil change based on your car manufacturer’s guidelines is the easiest way to keep your engine running smoothly. Did you know that in addition to lubricating the inner workings of the engine, oil also keeps the engine cool by displacing heat as it moves through the line? After some time, debris from inside the engine can contaminate the oil, and if left too long, may cause damage

Time for service? Schedule an oil change with our auto service center today.

Air Filter: Checking the air filter when you change your oil is a simple way to knock two maintenance tasks off your list at once. Make sure your filters are changed on a semi-annual basis to allow air to pass through.

Belts and Hoses: Replacing these parts is not recommended for beginners, but you can inspect both for cracks, tears, waves and uneven textures. If you see any signs of wear and tear, it’s time to give us a call.

Brake Pads and Rotors: Do you hear squeaking when you put your foot on the brake pedal? Noticing vibrations or difficulty turning the steering wheel? It’s time to have a Patriot Buick GMC service technician perform a multipoint inspection of your brake pads and rotors. Just like your oil, brake pads require replacement on a semi-regular basis to protect the rotors. Check out our brake specials if you’re interested.

Is it Time to Schedule a Service Appointment?

Now that you know the importance of maintaining your engine’s components, it’s time to order parts, or have a professional perform an inspection to make sure everything is in excellent working order. We look forward to hearing from you soon!