Top Summer Auto Repair Service Priorities

Summer Priority Coolant Flush

Navigating the Heat: Essential Summer Auto Repair Priorities

As the summer heat intensifies, it’s crucial to ensure your vehicle is in top condition to handle the rising temperatures and increased travel. At Northside Auto Repair, we prioritize your safety and comfort on the road. Here are the top summer auto repair priorities you should consider to keep your car running smoothly this season.

1. Brake Inspection and Maintenance

Your vehicle’s braking system is vital for your safety, especially during summer when road trips and stop-and-go traffic are more common. Increased temperatures can affect brake performance, so it’s important to have your brakes inspected for wear and tear. Our expert technicians will check brake pads, rotors, and fluid levels to ensure your braking system is responsive and reliable.

2. AC Service and Repairs

Driving in the summer heat without a properly functioning air conditioning system can be unbearable. If your AC is blowing warm air, making strange noises, or not working at all, it’s time for a service. At Northside Auto Repair, we specialize in diagnosing and repairing AC issues, from refrigerant leaks to compressor problems, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable throughout your journey.

3. Coolant Flush

The engine’s cooling system works overtime during the summer to prevent overheating. A coolant flush is essential to remove old, contaminated coolant and replace it with fresh fluid. This helps maintain optimal engine temperature and prevents costly repairs due to overheating. Our team will thoroughly inspect your cooling system and perform a coolant flush to keep your engine running efficiently.

4. Windshield Wipers

Summer thunderstorms can strike unexpectedly, and having clear visibility is crucial for safe driving. Over time, windshield wipers can become cracked and ineffective. Replacing them before the rainy season ensures you can see clearly during downpours. We offer a range of high-quality wiper blades and will gladly install them for you.

Schedule with Northside

Summer driving can be challenging, but with proper maintenance, you can enjoy a smooth and trouble-free season on the road. At Northside Auto Repair, we’re here to help you with all your summer auto repair needs. Schedule an appointment today and let our experienced technicians keep your vehicle in peak condition.

The All Important Oil Change – A Must for Your Vehicle’s Health

The all important Oil Change

At Northside Auto Repair know that an oil change might seem like a mundane task. But have you ever wondered about the last time your vehicle’s oil was changed? Or when it’s due for an oil change and filter? Well, much depends on whether you’re using synthetic oil, a blend, or standard oil.

Each type of oil comes with its unique properties. Starting with conventional motor oil, it is refined from crude oil extracted from the ground. It provides standard protection against wear and tear, and is often recommended for older vehicles because of its thicker consistency. However, it requires more frequent changes – every 3 months or 3600 miles.

Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is engineered in a lab. It offers superior engine wear protection, stays slippery at colder temperatures, and is less volatile, meaning there is less loss of the oil to the engine’s exhaust stream. This oil type can go for longer periods between changes, typically 6 months or 5000 miles.

While synthetic oil generally protects better over a longer time, it flows more smoothly than conventional mineral oils. This can be beneficial for an older engine, but it doesn’t mean you should extend the intervals between oil changes indefinitely. Even top ASE mechanics have found that with synthetics, it’s better to change more frequently than not.

If you live in a windy, dirty environment, such as Albuquerque, or drive on dirt roads regularly, all of your fluids, including oil, should be maintained at a shorter interval. The impurities from these conditions can infiltrate your oil and reduce its effectiveness.

So, remember, your vehicle’s health largely depends on regular oil changes. Whether you use conventional or synthetic oil, keep track of when your vehicle is due for its next oil change. It’s a simple act that can greatly extend the life of your vehicle.

Stay tuned to Northside Auto Repair for more tips on maintaining your vehicle’s health!

Keep Things Flowing – Fluid Checks and Flushes

Fluids, Flushes

The Importance of Fluid Checks and Flushes this Winter 🌡️💦

At Northside Auto Repair, we understand the importance of regular vehicle maintenance, especially during the winter season. One of the critical areas we focus on is your vehicle’s fluids. From the coolant that prevents your engine from freezing to the oil that guarantees smooth operation, maintaining these fluids at optimal levels is essential. In this blog post, we delve deeper into why fluid checks and flushes are a must-do for every car owner this winter.

Why are Fluid Checks Important?

The lifeblood of your car, quite literally, is its fluids. They lubricate, cool, clean, and protect the various components of your vehicle. Without them, your car would not run. Thus, it’s vital to keep these fluids at their optimal levels.

When temperatures drop, these fluids can thicken or even freeze, leading to suboptimal performance or, worse, significant damage. Regular fluid checks ensure that your vehicle is always running at peak efficiency, regardless of the weather conditions.

The Role of Coolant in Winter

Many people associate coolant with summer, but it plays an equally important role in winter. Coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents the engine’s water from freezing in cold temperatures. If the coolant level is low or the mixture isn’t right, it could lead to a frozen engine – a problem no one wants to encounter on a chilly winter morning.

The Importance of Oil Changes

Engine oil is another critical fluid that needs regular attention. It lubricates the engine, reducing friction and heat build-up, and helps to prevent engine wear. In winter, the cold temperatures can cause the oil to thicken, making it harder for it to circulate and do its job. Regular oil changes will ensure your engine has fresh, high-quality oil that can withstand the cold temperatures.

Starting the Season with a Full Fluid Flush

To ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter season, we recommend starting off with a full fluid flush. This process involves removing the old fluids and replacing them with fresh ones. It’s an excellent way to remove any build-up of dirt or sediment and ensure your vehicle’s fluids are in the best possible condition for the winter months ahead.

At Northside Auto Repair, we’re here to help keep things flowing smoothly this winter. Schedule your fluid check or full fluid flush with us today, and let’s ensure your vehicle is in top shape for the cold season. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

Stay tuned for more tips from our Winter Maintenance Checklist series. #FluidCheck #WinterMaintenance