Maintaining Your Car Maintenance

Learn the basics of vehicle maintenance, in order to keep your car running at its best, it’s important to keep up with routine maintenance and inspections.

By properly maintaining your vehicle at Bayside Automotive Repair, you’ll reduce future repair costs, optimize your car’s performance, maintain its value and extend its life.

Following a regular maintenance schedule is an important step in keeping your car safe and running for years to come. Consult your owner’s manual or mechanic to see when your car should have its next maintenance checkup.

That’s what Bayside Automotive Repair is all about – helping you get the most out of your car, for as long as you own it.

Common Car Maintenance Tasks
Checking Your Oll Level
This is something everyone can do - it's quick and easy and it'll tell you if your engine needs oil. If the oil is too high or too low, it can cause trouble for your engine, we always check your oil.
What is a Fuel Filter all about?

The fuel filter cleans the fuel of particles and debris in the gas tank before it reaches the fuel pump. The gas tank can get rusted and retain moisture, causing the fuel to become contaminated. The fuel filter protects the engine from damage by making sure the fuel from the gas tank is clean. While the filter is not typically expensive, replacing it as recommended will prevent expensive auto repairs.
Inspecting Wiper Blades:
  • Broken frame
  • Visible cracks, tears
  • Check squeegee wiping edges
Remember we check your wiper blades as part of your regular preventative maintenance program!
Tire Inspection

In addition to maintaining proper inflation pressure, regularly inspect the tire tread and sidewalls for irregular tread wear, cracking, scrapes, bulges, cuts, snags, foreign objects or other damage resulting from use.
Tire Balancing

Maintaining the tire balance on your vehicle is critical to receiving satisfactory service from your tire investment. In addition to providing a smooth ride, balancing is a key component in tire wear.
Tire Rotation

Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back, or a combination of both. This helps avoid uneven tire wear, which can lead to poor performance and decreased gas mileage.
Wheel Alignment

Bad roads can be your wheels worst enemy. If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through pot holes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected.
Cleaning and Replacing Car Battery and/or Terminals

Battery cables and battery terminals can become loose or corroded, and like other working components, it's important to check them on a regular basis.
Check Your Brake Pads

Brakes are what enable your car to stop, to hopefully avoid accidents and drive more safely overall. Unfortunately, many drivers overlook brakes when it comes to performing auto maintenance.
What is a Brake System Flush all about?

Brake fluid is essential for the operation of a car’s brakes. When you push the brake pedal, the brake fluid causes the brake pads to press against the rotors, making the car slow down and stop. Over time, the brake fluid absorbs air, moisture, sludge and other contaminants and gets contaminated. Air in the brake fluid causes braking to feel spongy and significantly reduces braking efficiency. A brake system flush includes removing the existing fluid and moisture out of the system and replacing it with new, clean, fluid. A brake fluid flush ensures proper brake system performance and increases the lifespan of your brake system components.
Transmission Flush vs Fluid Change

As you can tell by their names, a transmission flush and a fluid change are two completely different services. While a transmission fluid change focuses on draining the dirty fluid from the pan, a transmission flush gets rids of all the fluid in the pan, the cooler lines, as well as the torque converter. While it depends how often you should have your transmission serviced, it also matters which service you choose.
Do I Need a Power Steering Flush?

The easy answer is if your vehicle’s owner’s manual says you need a power steering flush at a regular interval, then yes, you need a power steering flush at those particular mileages. Since most of us don’t regularly look in our vehicle’s user’s manual it seems more likely that your mechanic, at Bayside Automotive Repair.
Cooling System Maintenance

Your vehicle’s cooling system is extremely important. It’s what regulates the temperature in your engine and protects it from overheating, damage and breakdowns. The cooling system also keeps your engine from freezing during the winter months.
Spark Plug Inspection and Maintenance

In addition to replacing the spark plugs at the manufacturer's recommended intervals, spark plugs should be removed, inspected and cleaned (if necessary) when your car has it's maintenance check up.
How to Tell If Your Car Air Filter Needs Changing

How to tell if your car air filter needs changing is important because a clean air filter is a necessity for the proper operation of a car. A clean air filter results in improved gas mileage, better acceleration, increased engine life, lower emissions and overall improved engine performance, you should have it check at your next oil change.
Checking Headlamps and Lights

As the days get shorter, it’s a bright idea to make sure your vehicle’s lights are working properly so you can be seen by.
Troubleshooting Antilock Braking

ABS has become pretty much standard equipment on most vehicles. Sensors tell a computer when a wheel stops rotating, which indicates—at least when the vehicle still has forward speed—that the brakes have overpowered the available traction at that particular wheel. The computer then directs a hydraulic valve to release some brake fluid pressure to the wheel to let it rotate again. This process repeats many times per second until the vehicle stops or you lift your foot off the brake pedal.
Engine Control Module

The Engine Control Module (ECM) is also known as the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) or the Engine Control Unit (ECU). The main responsiblity of this controllers is to get information from sensors and run certain actuators. In the case of any errors arising in your car the ECU shows a check engine light on your dashboard.