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Auto Maintenance 101 from Hopper Motorplex of McKinney, TX
Routine maintenance is essential to extending the life and maintaining the value of your car. The most important source for navigating the ins and outs of your vehicle’s service schedule is your owner’s manual. All the details specific to your car, truck, or SUV are there. Whether you choose to do it yourself or bring it to our certified technicians at Hopper Motorplex, you’ll want to know when and what needs to be done.
Frequent Fluid and Component Checks in McKinney, TX
Something that’s easy to do yourself is to check your fluid levels. At least once a month, pull out the old mechanic’s rag, pull up the dipsticks, and eyeball the reservoirs of the oil and coolant. Also the brake, power steering, windshield wiper, and transmission fluid. Doing these regular checks can help you catch minor problems before they turn into major problems. A tiny leak is a warning. A large pool beneath your car means it’s too late. While you’re poking around beneath the hood, look over the hoses and belts for any wear and tear. A walkaround visual inspection of your tires is always a good thing to do before you get in the car to drive. But you also need to regularly monitor the tire pressure. Regular checks like this can greatly extend the life of your vehicle.
Scheduled Maintenance in McKinney, TX
The rule of thumb on oil changes is every 3,000 miles/three months for conventional oil and every 5,000 miles/five months for synthetic. Filter included, of course. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for specifics in this area. Tire rotation should be done about every 5,000 miles. The cabin and engine air filters should be changed at least once a year. The fuel filter will be different from car to car, so check your owner’s manual for this as well. Overall there’s a rule of thumb: 10,000 to 15,000 miles for your air filter. Making sure your vehicle’s alignment is flush will save wear and tear on your tires. Check it about once a year. The most important of all: brakes. Brakes can last between 40,000-60,000 miles, depending on how you drive your car. But don’t wait until you hear them screeching. And if you do hear them squealing at you, get them changed right away. That’s for the safety of you and all your passengers.
Certified Service Technicians at Hopper Motorplex in McKinney, TX
Let’s face it, most of us don’t have fully stocked, full-service garages. Hopper Motorplex does. You can spend an afternoon on your day off, lying on your back in the driveway, wrestling with bolts, filters, pans, and fluids you will then have to dispose of safely. Or you can bring your car to our trusted mechanics and save your day off to pursue the life of leisure you’ve earned—maybe having a blast in that lifted Jeep, truck, or SUV you so love. Contact us online, through text, or by phone. Schedule an appointment. Take a load off. We’ll keep your car up to spec so you can enjoy driving it for as long as you own it.