Preventative Maintenance

An automobile is said to be an investment. But the moment that it is driven, one can only be sure that it will start to succumb to wear and tear. Therefore, to keep a vehicle as a good investment, you have to make sure that it lasts longer. You can do so by performing preventative maintenance. Consulting your owner's manual would tell you which parts should be replaced and when. Car Maintenance - Changing the oil

Although auto parts are made to last a long time, these components can have a shorter life than advertised if not used in the proper manner or affected by other faculty components. For example, the brake rotors may be properly installed but if the brake pads, which are in contact with the rotors, are worn beyond their limit, it could damage the rotors. At Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720 we are experts in brake repair services.

This illustrates the need to give attention to all auto parts. Although replacing engine oil at the right time is very important, it should not be the only thing that an automobile owner should keep in mind. Therefore, in automobiles, the old adage "if it is not broke, do not fix it", does not hold true. You should know when auto parts are about to reach their limit and have it replaced immediately before it causes any serious damage.

Schedule An Appointment for Auto Repair, Auto Inspection, and Brake Repair Services in Selden NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720.

Below is a Suggested Maintenance Schedule. Consult the owner's manual of your vehicle for your specific maintenance schedule.

Monthly Maintenance | Summer Maintenance | Winter Maintenance
3,000 Miles | 15,000 Miles | 30,000 Miles | 45,000 Miles | 60,000 Miles
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Monthly Preventative

Taking your vehicle to Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 or Centereach NY 11720 each month can help make sure your vehicle is operating and running smoothly. You can also raid the hood and not be intimidated by following a few simple recommendations for owner maintenance. A few minutes each month could save you money or repairs down the line. If you have any questions, simply ask a Middle Country Automotive technician!

  • Check battery cables, clamps and terminals.
  • Check the following levels and add the recommended fluids as necessary:
    - Oil level
    - Engine coolant level
    - Brake fluid level
    - Power steering fluid level (if applicable)
    - Transmission fluid
    - Windshield washer fluid reservoir level
  • Check belts for tension, cracks or wear.
  • Check hoses for leaks, cracks or wear.
  • Inspect the engine and under the car for any leaks.
  • Check tire pressure on all tires, including the spare tire.
  • Inspect the tread depth. The tread should be at least as deep as the head of a penny. (At least 2/32" remaining tread.)
  • Inspect tires for uneven wear or any object that could cause a puncture.
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    Summer Preventative

    Summer Car Maintenance, Auto Repair and Maintenance Selden NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720 Hot weather creates extreme conditions for vehicles. The increased temperature can cause fluids and oil lubricants to break down. This could cause decreased performance, engine seizing and possibly permanent damage to your car's engine. In the late spring, after all danger of unexpected winter storms has passed, is the best time to get your car ready for summer heat. The following is a suggested list of items to check in preparation for summer travel. Middle Country Automotive Technicians in Selden and Centereach can inspect your vehicle to help make sure it's ready for summer.

    Air Conditioning

  • Your system is in good working condition
  • Refrigerants are fully charged
  • Antifreeze
  • Check coolant levels
  • Hoses are in good condition, not soft or brittle
  • Battery
  • Battery load has been tested for weakness
  • Be sure the battery is at proper operating levels
  • Battery terminals are clean, in good condition and cables are secure
  • Emergency Kit
  • Summer Emergency Kit is assembled and in the car
  • Exhaust
  • Exhaust system is free of leaks and/or holes
  • Lights
  • Brake lights are in good working order
  • Headlights are in good working order
  • Reverse lights are in good working order
  • Oil
  • An oil change has been done within the last 3,000 miles
  • Tires
  • Check air pressure for proper inflation, including spare
  • Inspect tread for wear
  • Transmission
  • Transmission fluid is at proper levels
  • Tune-up
  • Oil filter has been changed
  • Air filter has been changed
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Are still in good condition (not cracked or worn)
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Wiper fluid is at proper levels
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    Winter Preventative

    Winter Car Maintenance Selden NY 11784 Centereach NY 11720 - Middle Country Automotive In extreme cold, your vehicle needs extra care to help it start and keep going through hard weather conditions. Autumn is the perfect time to get your car ready for winter driving. Below is a basic list of how to prepare your vehicle for winter. Also, make sure to check your owner's manual for any other manufacturer's recommendations, and see a technician at Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 for questions or a comprehensive vehicle review.

    Antifreeze

  • Check coolant levels
  • Hoses are in good condition, not soft or brittle
  • Battery
  • Battery load has been tested for weakness
  • Be sure the battery is at proper operating levels
  • Battery terminals are clean, in good condition and cables are secure.
  • Brakes
  • Brake fluid is at proper levels
  • Inspect brake pads for wear
  • Rotors are in good condition
  • We are experts in brake repair services!
  • Emergency Kit
  • Winter Emergency Kit is assembled and in the car
  • Heater & Defroster
  • These are in good working order
  • Lights
  • Brake lights are in good working order
  • Headlights are in good working order
  • Reverse lights are in good working order
  • Oil
  • An oil change has been done within the last 3,000 miles.
  • Tires
  • Check air pressure for proper inflation, including spare
  • Inspect tread for wear
  • Transmission
  • Transmission fluid is at proper levels
  • Tune-up
  • Oil filter has been changed
  • Air filter has been changed
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Are still in good condition (not cracked or worn)
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Low-Temperature wiper fluid has been used to prevent freezing
  • Wiper fluid is at proper levels
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    3,000 Miles

    At 3,000 miles, it's important to take your vehicle to Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 or Centereach NY 11720 to have your oil changed as well as your tire treads and air pressure checked. These very basic but very important steps are the cornerstone of good vehicle maintenance. Always refer to your owner's manual for recommended maintenance intervals.

  • Change engine oil & filter (up to 5 quarts)
  • Check under-hood fluid levels
  • Check wiper blades
  • Check tread depth on all four tires
  • Adjust tire pressure to manufacturer's specs
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    15,000 Miles

    At 15,000 miles, engine parts and accessories begin to show wear and tear. Having your vehicle thoroughly inspected and checked at Middle Country Automotive can help stop potential problems before they get serious. It's also important to get the standard oil change as well as tire tread and air pressure checks. Always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for recommended maintenance intervals.

  • Change engine oil & filter (up to 5 quarts)
  • Check under-hood fluid levels
  • Check wiper blades
  • Check tread depth on all four tires
  • Adjust tire pressure to manufacturer's specs
  • Check alignment
  • Lubricate transmission control linkage
  • Inspect CV joint boots
  • Inspect fuel system connections, hoses and lines
  • Lubricate steering and suspension components
  • Complete tire rotation
  • Evaluate brake condition
  • Inspect cabin air filter (not applicable to some vehicles)
  • Fuel Injection maintenance
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    30,000 Miles

    At 30,000 miles, engine parts and accessories begin to show wear and tear. Having your vehicle thoroughly inspected at Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 or Centereach NY 11720 can help stop potential problems before they get serious. It's also important to get the standard oil change as well as tire tread and air pressure checks. Always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual and recommended maintenance intervals. We are experts in all auto repair, auto inspection, and brake repair services!

  • Change engine oil & filter (up to 5 quarts)
  • Check under-hood fluid levels
  • Check wiper blades
  • Check tread depth on all four tires
  • Adjust tire pressure to manufacturer's specs
  • Inspect rotors, linings, pads, drums
  • Lubricate caliper slide rails
  • Inspect brake lines and hoses
  • Complete transmission fluid flush (automatic transmissions)
  • Lubricate transmission control linkage
  • Inspect CV joint boots
  • Inspect drive belt
  • Inspect exhaust system
  • Inspect fuel system connections, hoses and lines
  • Replace engine air filter (most vehicles)
  • Inspect spark plugs
  • Lubricate steering and suspension components
  • Change engine coolant (except extended life antifreeze)
  • Replace cabin air filter (not applicable to some vehicles)
  • Fuel Injection Maintenance
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    45,000 Miles

    At 45,000 miles, it's important to keep to your scheduled maintenance. Depending on how often you drive your vehicle and under what conditions, taking your vehicle to Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 or Centereach NY 11720 every 15,000 miles helps ensure that you have a properly running, reliable car every time you need it. Always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for recommended maintenance intervals.

  • Change engine oil & filter (up to 5 quarts)
  • Check under-hood fluid levels
  • Check wiper blades
  • Check tread depth on all four tires
  • Adjust tire pressure to manufacturer's specs
  • Check alignment
  • Lubricate transmission control linkage
  • Inspect CV joint boots
  • Inspect fuel system and suspension components
  • Complete tire rotation
  • Evaluate brake condition
  • Inspect cabin air filter (where applicable, most vehicles)
  • Fuel Injection Maintenance
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    60,000 Miles

    Whether you plan to keep your car for another 60,000 miles or want to trade it in, maintaining your vehicle at regularly scheduled intervals not only keeps it running but helps you retain its value, as well. Schedule an appointment with Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 or Centereach NY 11720 when your vehicle reaches 60,000 miles. An always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for a recommended maintenance program.

  • Change engine oil & filters (up to 5 quarts)
  • Check under-hood fluid levels
  • Check wiper blades
  • Check tread depth on all four tires
  • Adjust tire pressure to manufacturer's specs
  • Check alignment
  • Inspect rotors, linings, pads, drums
  • Lubricate caliper slide rails
  • Inspect brake lines and hoses
  • Complete transmission fluid flush
  • Lubricate transmission control linkage
  • Inspect CV joint boots
  • Inspect drive belt
  • Inspect exhaust syetem
  • Inspect fuel system connections, hoses and lines
  • Replace engine air filter (most vehicles)
  • Inspect spark plugs
  • Lubricate steering and suspension components
  • Change engine coolant (except extended life antifreeze)
  • Replace cabin air filter (where applicable, most vehicles)
  • Fuel Injection Maintenance
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