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It Is Time to Check Your Intervals

Posted December 2, 2015 12:00 PM

Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they give us guidelines to follow regarding how often to inspect the various parts and systems on our vehicles.

Vehicular components are required to meet certain standards. The government mandates some of these standards. Others are set by the auto industry. Recommended car maintenance schedules are designed to help Bushwood vehicle owners maintain these standards. Disregarding routine maintenance or procrastinating preventive maintenance will result in lowered performance and reduced safety for a vehicle.

Maintenance schedules are designed to ensure three areas of automotive performance for Bushwood drivers: protection of the vehicle itself, efficiency and safety.

Protection

Your vehicle's components need protection from dirt, road damage, rust, corrosion and fuel and combustion by-products. Protective components include filters and fluids.

Most of the fluids in your vehicle are there to keep the vehicle running smoothly and to protect the vehicle from corrosion, damage or harmful contaminants. These fluids need to be changed regularly in order to continue protecting your vehicle.

For example, motor oil lubricates your engine; that keeps it running well, but it also contains detergents and other additives that clean your engine and protect it from corrosion. Your vehicle's engine was engineered for best performance with a specific weight and type of motor oil. Bushwood drivers should always be careful to use the right motor oil for their engine.

Over time, the  additives in motor oil are depleted, and the oil becomes contaminated by dirt, water and waste gases from combustion. So in order to keep your engine clean and to continue to protect it from corrosion, the oil has to be changed periodically.

Efficiency

Over time, your vehicle's systems will get dirty and parts will wear down. Cleaning dirty systems and replacing worn parts will improve the efficiency of your vehicle, which is usually measured in terms of and power output.

For example, your fuel system components gradually get clogged up with gum and varnish from gasoline. This restricts fuel flow, which lowers your engine's efficiency. Gas mileage drops as a result. Cleaning your fuel system will restore and improve gas mileage.

Safety

Some of your vehicle's systems must be maintained for safety reasons. Your brakes are a prime example of this. Brake pads and brake fluid need to be replaced in order to ensure good braking power. Poorly maintained brakes lead to accidents.

Your owner's manual is your first resource when it comes to knowing when and how to maintain your vehicle. Of course, you can consult with your Hill's Auto Repair, Inc. service advisor. He can give you good auto advice on how to adjust your service schedule to account for climate, local road conditions and your driving distances.

Beyond routine maintenance, your vehicle also requires regular inspections. These inspections are usually recommended at specific mileage intervals, like 15,000 or 20.000 miles (24,000 km or 32,000 km). The interval is based on the known life expectancy for particular components in your vehicle. Regular inspections will identify vehicular components that need to be repaired or replaced before damage is done to the vehicle or safety is compromised. They are also designed to safeguard the efficiency and performance of your vehicle.

The multi-point inspection that comes with a full-service oil change does not cover all of the regular inspections your vehicle needs for peak performance and safety. Check with the automotive professionals at Hill's Auto Repair, Inc. in Bushwood to find out what additional inspections your vehicle needs and how often. Good car care requires regular and consistent maintenance. But good maintenance pays for itself in better and fewer repairs. It may even save your life.

Hill's Auto Repair, Inc.
22829 colton point rd
Bushwood, Maryland 20618
301-769-2400



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    , 06/27/2022

    Unless you hang out around the 7th District you may not be aware of this repair shop. I was referred by a family friend who is a ASE mechanic. I have had a chronic problem with my 2006 pickup truck for the last 2 years that no other shop has been able to successfully diagnosis or repair, including the dealer. I emailed Hills Auto Repair asking for an estimate on what I thought might solve the problem. David emailed me back asking to see and inspect the vehicle first rather than simply provide an estimate. I made an appointment and I dropped the truck off. The next day David called me to say that his technician was able to isolate the problem, and was even able to experience the issue I described during his extended test drive. David said his technician was most certain as to what was wrong and that he could repair my truck that day. The actual repair cost was much, much less than what I thought it was going to be had they done what I was initially asking the estimate for. I truly felt David and the technician were honest and looking out for my interest rather than their bottom line. I picked my truck up that evening and it ran fantastic. It has now been almost one week and the truck is running as good as the day I bought it, something it hasn't done in quite awhile. The good folks at Hill's Auto Repair saved me thousands of dollars since now I no longer have to worry about buying a new truck in this market. Needless to say I am elated, I simply cannot express in words how happy I am that my truck has been properly serviced and is running so great. If you need your car or truck serviced it is worth the trip to Hill's Auto Repair.

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    , 06/21/2022

    Very reasonably priced, very friendly staff, and speedy service...in and out. Great work and I will certainly be a returning customer!

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    , 06/12/2022

    We are very happy with Hill's Auto Repair. They are very professional and friendly. We have found a good shop to do our auto repairs.

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    , 06/08/2022

    Excellent shop!! Awesome customer service that you will not get any where else.

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    , 05/25/2022

    Very professional and courteous.

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    , 05/18/2022

    As always they delivered great service and got my vehicle back on the road quickly.

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