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At Schwieters Chevrolet we're focused on one goal, caring for you and your GM vehicle. From factory recommended routine service and maintenance to major repairs, we offer Certified Service technicians and Genuine GM Parts for your vehicle. Listed below is a short explanation of why regular service and maintenance are needed. We stand at the ready with professional care for all your service and maintenance needs. Schedule an appointment with us today!
Lube, Oil & Filter
Oil undergoes thermal breakdown due to high operating temperature. When this occurs, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant. Oil also contains additives that have the ability to neutralize acids. Over time these additives get used up and stop being effective. Finally, oil can absorb water, dust and combustion byproducts and hold them in suspension. Eventually, the oil gets saturated and can not absorb any more. Than these products remain in your engine and can cause corrosion. Clean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and the filter helps remove these harmful substances from the engine. Chassis and steering components need to be lubricated regularly to reduce wear.
Our certified service experts understand your vehicle and all its technological systems. They know you want to feel as good about your vehicle today as you did the day you bought it. With your Multi-Point inspection, you get a thorough assessment of your vehicle by trained experts and they'll let you know if any repairs are necessary.
Rotating your tires helps to distribute tire wear evenly and ensures that you'll get the maximum road life out of them. The first rotation is especially important as it sets the begin wear patterns. Your owners manual will specify both rotation period and pattern. If not, rotate your tires every 6,000 to 7,500 miles.
Check your tires at least once a month when the tires are cold (let the vehicle set for at least 3 hours). Use a quality gauge - radial tires can look fine even when they're under inflated. When outside temperatures drop or soar, tires tend to lose pressure. A drop of 10 degrees F will decrease a tire's air pressure by 1 or 2 pounds. Tires can lose even more air in hot weather. Under inflated tires can result in accelerated wear and poor driving performance.
|Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance|
Scheduled alignment and balancing are not needed, since your vehicle's wheels were aligned and balanced at the factory. But if you notice unusual tire wear or that your vehicle pulls one way or the other, the wheels may need to be reset. If you notice your vehicle vibrating on a smooth road, your wheels may be out of balance. Always check wheel alignment when installing new tires.
Tire wear depends on several factors, including your driving style and tire maintenance habits. Wrong size load and speed ratings can void your warranty. But one sure way to know when to replace your tires is when tread wear indicators appear. A tire's built-in tread wear indicators are wear bars that look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread and appear when it's time to replace the tire. You would also need a new tire if: you can see 3 or more tread wear indicators around the tire, cord or fabric is showing through the rubber, the tread or sidewall is cracked, cut or snagged deep enough to show cord or fabric, the tire has a bulge or split, or the tire has a puncture, cut or other damage that can't be repaired correctly and safely.
|Replace Engine Filter|
The air filter stops airborne contaminants from getting sucked into your car's engine. It's a paper filter that stops debris such as dust, leaves and dirt before they get inside the engine and do damage. If your air filter gets to dirty or clogged, your engine won't be able to draw enough air into the combustion cambers. The engine will then run rich (i.e., to much gas and not enough air). When this happens, your car will lose fuel economy and could lose power. While permanent damage is unlikely, it is possible. If an air filter were sufficiently dirty and damaged, it could allow harmful, abrasive contaminants into the combustion cambers. GM recommends replacing the air filter every 50,000 miles or sooner if needed.
|Engine Drive Belts|
Vehicles are equipped with water pumps, alternators, power steering pumps and various accessories, all of which are powered by rubber drive belts. On older vehicles, each of these components is driven by its own belt. On most newer vehicles, all of these components are driven by 1 belt called a serpentine belt. There is no specific time to replace belts but they do wear out over time and need periodic inspection. If a non serpentine belt starts to crack it needs replacing, if a serpentine belt has tiny cracks it is not necessary to replace. Serpentine belts need replacing if chunks of the ribbing is missing or the cracks are very deep. Lose of a belt in most cases will cause the vehicle to be inoperable.
|Wiper Blade Replacement|
We seem to only think about wiper blades when we need to use them and usually that's to late. Wipe blade can be damaged by extreme dusty conditions, sand and salt, heat and sun and snow and ice. Wipers should be inspected at every service. GM recommends replacing wiper blades if they are worn or damaged or at least once per year.
Automatic Transmission Fluid Service
Transmission fluid is a lubricant for all the moving parts inside the transmission. The fluid also serves as a coolant and a viscous fluid that transmits power from the engine to the transmission. Automatic
transmission fluid degrades and breaks down with use due to heat that is generated. Automatic transmission fluid will become contaminated with debris from dirt, varnish and wear particles over time. If these contaminates are not removed and the lubricating properties of the fluid restored the life of the transmission will be shortened. GM recommends automatic transmission fluid service every 50,000 to 100,000 miles depending on driving conditions and vehicle.
Cooling System Service
Coolant is the fluid that absorbs heat from the engine than dissipates it through the radiator and heater core. Coolant is a mixture of Ethylene or Propylene glycol and water, usually in a 50/50 ratio. Because coolant operates in a hot, hostile environment, it will break down with use. The coolant rust inhibitors get used up, leaving the small cooling passages in the engine and radiator vulnerable to corrosion. Even with the rust inhibitors, some corrosion will inevitably take place, contaminating the coolant with debris. These bits of debris and rust will clog tiny passages in the radiator and heater causing the engine to overheat and need repairs. Replacing the coolant removes dirt and rust particles that clog the cooling system and cause problems in winter and summer. GM recommends cooling system service every 150,000 miles or 5 years, whichever come first.
Drive Line Service
The drive line consists of a rear differential, a transfer case (on 4 wheel drive vehicles) and a front differential. The drive line is the component that transfers the power of the engine directly to the wheels. When gear lube is left in for too long, it no longer has the ability to fight friction and heat. Just as in the engine and transmission, once the fluid oxidizes and breaks down, damage and wear can accelerate rapidly. GM recommendations vary on drive line services, so check the owner's manual or you dealership.
Spark Plug Replacement
Spark plugs are little devices inside the engine cylinders that take in high voltage electricity at one end and create a spark at the other end. The spark ignites the gas and air mixture and the resulting combustion is what powers the vehicle. At the sparking end of the spark plug is a built in gap between two little pieces of metal called electrodes. When the plug fires a spark it jumps the gap and a tiny bit of metal is burned off. This happens hundreds of times every minute. Over time the gap between the metal tips gets to big. When this happens your engine will start hard, begin to misfire, run poorly, performance will suffer, fuel economy will decrease and emissions will dramatically increase. GM recommends spark plug replacement every 100,000 miles.