Car Care Tips
Follow our Car Care Tips to keep your vehicle running reliably
At Southwest Truck and RV Repair, we want our customers in Prescott Valley, AZ, Prescott, AZ, Chino Valley, AZ, and surrounding areas to get the most out of their vehicles. What’s the key to keeping your car running for a long time? Following the recommended maintenance intervals outlined in your owner’s manual and checking for potential problems before they happen are essential to overall vehicle maintenance. But when the time for necessary auto repairs arrives, remember where to turn: Southwest Truck and RV Repair.
At Southwest Truck and RV, we perform a variety of free inspections (based on the system/service in question) to help keep you on the road:
It is important to change the engine oil and oil filter at intervals recommended in your owner’s manual. Southwest Truck and RV will happily advise you of the proper oil, oil filter and service intervals for your vehicle and driving conditions.
Most moving parts on your vehicle require some type of lubrication and should be checked regularly. Driveline components, like CV and U-joints, are flexible components that, if not properly lubricated, can break down and damage other parts/systems when/if they do.
It is important to check your Transmission and Differential fluids regularly. Unusual noises, sluggish shifting, or abrupt gear changes are all signs that your transmission needs attention. For fluid specifications, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommended transmission fluid type and viscosity. Southwest Truck and RV will gladly advise you of the proper fluids/filters for your vehicle and driving conditions.
Pay attention to battery life. Battery connections should be kept tight, clean, and free of corrosion. Batteries rarely provide warnings before failing, so be sure to seek battery replacements as necessary.
Replacing brake fluid, will help keep calipers, hoses, and other components in proper working order. Other important fluids to consider changing on a regular basis include power steering fluid and coolant. Please check with your owner’s manual, the manufacturer or Southwest Truck and RV
Properly functioning HVAC systems are important for your comfort and safety. A complete flush and fill of the coolant system will rid the system of dirt and rust collected from the engine, radiator, and various hoses. Refrigerant may also be checked prior to the onset of warmer seasons.
Southwest Truck and RV has a state-of-the-art Hunter Alignment rack coupled with a 40,000-pound capacity lift and qualified personnel to align anything from a mini-Cooper to a 40 foot RV to manufacturer’s specifications. Proper alignment can improve fuel economy and reduce wear and tear on tires and front end parts. If you feel unusual pulling to one side, it is probably time for a wheel alignment.
By following these tips and the service intervals listed inside your owner’s manual, you can guard against major repairs and unexpected failures. Proper vehicle maintenance can save you money in the long run, and improve your safety and the safety of your passengers, while neglecting suggested services at regular intervals will void vehicle and parts warranties. Stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance and visit us today or contact us online when your vehicle needs to be serviced by our professionals.