Triangle Auto Service, Inc
4060 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids
all over Chicago. Some days itís all we can do to keep track of
everywhere we need to be. Thatís why youíve gotta be organized.
Smartphones, calendar apps Ė we have to keep track of it all.
So letís talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.
Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by Chicago motorists. Theyíre all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.
1. Power Steering Service
Be honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time youíre in for an oil change, ask your Chicago service advisor if itís time for a power steering check-up.
2. Wheel Alignment
When your wheels are out of alignment your Minivan pulls to one side. Itís pretty annoying, but itís also dangerous. And it causes your tires to wear out really fast; which is an unneccessary expense! Most car makers owners manuals suggest you get your alignment checked once or twice a year.
3. Differential Service
Did you even know you had a differential? Well, you do Ė one, two or three in fact. Differentials are often called gear boxes and theyíre part of the drive-train that transfers power from your Minivan engine to your wheels. They donít need service that often, but you canít completely forget them. Check with your Triangle Auto Service service advisor.
4. Cabin Air Filter
More and more Chicago cars these days have cabin air filters (a great feature, in my opinion) to clean the air in the passenger area where we sit. They filter out dust and pollen. When theyíre clogged up, they can get smelly. Change your cabin air filter on schedule to enjoy fresh, clean air, which can also help with allergies.
5. Timing Belt Replacement
Most cars and some vans and trucks driven around the Chicago area have timing belts. Without going into a lot of detail, letís just say that your car wonít run without it Ė period. And if it breaks while youíre driving it can do thousands of dollars worth of engine damage. Check your ownersí manual or with your Chicago service advisor. If youíre approaching 60,000 miles; definitely look into it right away.
6. Transmission Service
Transmission service is very basic, but itís often forgotten. Your Minivan transmission needs clean fluid from time to time to keep operating efficiently and avoid pricey repairs. And it can also improve your fuel efficiency.
7. Air Conditioning Service
Most of us donít think about our air conditioning until it fails on a hot day. If youíre lucky, you just need to add refrigerant. If youíre not, some of the components may have been ruined. Of course, these components are not cheap. Regular air conditioning service adds clean refrigerant which cools and lubricates your air conditioner and conditions the seals.
8. Brake Service
No weíre not talking about squealing, grinding brakes here. Weíre talking brake fluid. Over time the fluid gets a lot of water in it. Because water compresses differently than the brake fluid, your brakes wonít work as well. It may even get dangerous. The water can also rust out brake system components and then your brakes can fail altogether. Check with your Triangle Auto Service technician for recommendations.
9. Coolant System
Another thing thatís so easy to forget about: When you donít change your antifreeze on schedule it becomes corrosive. Fresh coolant contains additives that maintain the pH balance in the coolant. These additives wear out and the fluid in the radiator can actually eat holes in the radiator or hoses. Then youíre stranded Ė bummer.
10. Fuel System Cleaning
In these times of high fuel prices, fuel system cleaning is so important. Fuel gums up a bunch of parts as it moves from the gas tank and through the engine. A thorough fuel system cleaning will keep clean gas flowing into the engine. Your fuel injectors also get gunked up over time and need to be cleaned. Having your fuel system cleaned on schedule at Triangle Auto Service will really help your fuel economy.
There you have it; 10 services that are often overlooked. Did you know that a recent survey showed that 90 percent of vehicles on the road have at least one scheduled maintenance service that hasnít been performed? Considering our busy lives, weíre not surprised.
We know it takes some thought and effort to actually maintain your vehicle; but it not only saves money in the long run Ė it saves time too. And we can all use a little more time.
Triangle Auto Service can help with any of these services. Give us a call at 773-539-5858. Triangle auto service, 4060 N. Elston, Chicago Il 60618 www.triangleradiator.com, www.triangleradiator.net, www.chicagobrakerepair.com