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It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at Mac's Tire & Auto Repair

Posted November 9, 2017 7:10 AM

There are a lot of things in life that Center Line residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Center Line dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don't stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences.

Scheduled maintenance is also part of good vehicle care. Center Line drivers should take their vehicles in regularly for a good check-up. But many folks struggle to remember or actually even ignore this auto advice. When it comes to our vehicles, we're more likely to listen to, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” than, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.

Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more painful and more expensive root canal. In the same way, replacing coolant/antifreeze in your vehicle can prevent cooling system leaks. Repairing leaks can prevent engine failure. So why do we procrastinate?

One reason might be that “ignorance is bliss.” We can see dirty dishes on the counter and how long our grass is getting. We can smell how dirty our clothes are. But we don't notice how dirty our transmission fluid is getting. However, trouble in our vehicles is like trouble in our bodies — ignorance is not bliss. High blood pressure can lead to heart damage, and inadequate coolant can lead to engine damage. However, we can't know about either one unless we take the time for a diagnostic check-up at Mac's Tire & Auto Repair in Center Line.

Another reason we put off scheduled maintenance for our vehicles may be that we are simply intimidated by automotive care. After all, we understand how to take care of clothing, dishes, lawns, etc. Most of us have a basic working knowledge of our bodies and feel qualified to explain how we feel. But our vehicles? What exactly does routine, preventive maintenance involve? Most Center Line residents don't know.

Of course, our vehicles come with owner's manuals that do a good job of explaining what routine maintenance is and how often our vehicles need it. But how many Center Line vehicle owners actually read them?

The good news is that all we have to do is remember to take our vehicles to a reputable, service center like Mac's Tire & Auto Repair in Center Line. Like a good doctor, your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Mac's Tire & Auto Repair will be able to tell you what maintenance and service your vehicle needs and when. The service center can track your vehicle's maintenance records—just as a doctor maintains your health records—so that your vehicle is getting the service it needs in a timely manner.

Here are some guidelines to help you understand the basics of preventive maintenance: Fluids. If it's a liquid, it has to be replaced regularly. Your owner's manual will tell you how often. Liquids include oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and differential fluid. There may be others. Check with your owner's manual or your service center for specifics on your vehicle.

Tires. They need routine, scheduled care to wear well. Primarily, they need air. But they also need to be rotated, balanced and aligned.

Brakes. Brakes and shock absorbers wear out. There's no way to avoid it. Worn parts need to be replaced.

Fuel. Obviously your vehicle needs fuel on a regular basis. But the fuel system also needs periodic maintenance. Air filters and fuel filters get dirty and need to be replaced. The fuel system needs to be kept clean.

These are the basics of vehicle maintenance. Of course, there are other parts of your car that need to be inspected regularly, such as the battery, exhaust system, belts, etc. These parts have longer life cycles than your fluids, tires, brakes and filters, and so don't need to be replaced as often.

If you are taking your vehicle in for the basics, then your Center Line service center will let you know when it is time for an inspection of these other things. Or they may notice a problem when doing routine maintenance and let you know. Either way, you'll get a heads-up when your vehicle needs more attention.

If you're not convinced yet that your vehicle needs regular service, consider this: not doing so will cost you in decreased fuel economy, lower performance and compromised safety. These could lead to repair bills and costly accidents.

Just like a good dental check-up, a good auto check-up at Mac's Tire & Auto Repair in Center Line can save you from experiencing embarrassing, costly and painful situations.

Mac's Tire & Auto Repair
6717 E 10 Mile Rd
Center Line, MI 48015
(586) 427-0111
http://www.macstireandauto.com



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  • Honesty, What makes this place great is their honesty. I feel very comfortable taking my vehicle to Mac's knowing they aren't going to rip me off for repairs I don't need.
    -Cindy T.

  • Another great experience! I have been bringing my car here for service for some time now. Fortunately, I have a vehicle that has held up very well (209,000 miles and counting), but when something does go wrong, I know exactly where to bring it. Mac's Tire & Auto Repair has always been forthright and honest with me; they WILL NOT try to sell you something you don't need. My most recent visit required new brakes, rotors & calipers on the front end. This isn't a cheap job, no matter where you get it done, but I must say, I don't think my brakes were this good even when the car was new. Money very well spent. Keep up the good work!
    -Gary M.

  • Very friendly service Andrew was very helpful making me an appointment. Tony was very helpful and friendly. Quick service. Thank you macs tire and auto repair staff.
    -John - Warren MI

  • I was completely satisfied with the service work on my vehicle. I have already recommended Mac's to a co-worker, I am that happy!
    -Louise M - Center Line