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Car Care Tips

Car Care Tips in New Haven County, CTAt The Durable Companies, we want our customers in New Haven County, CT, Litchfield County, CT, and throughout the entire Northwest Area to get the most out of their vehicles by following regular upkeep and maintenance. We all know that our cars, trucks, and SUVs need regular care, but chances are if you're like most people, you probably don't stick to what's in your owner's manual. 

If you want to keep your car running for a long time or need to maintain your fleet of vehicles, up-to-date services on your car, truck, or SUV are going to be essential. That means regular inspections, oil changes, alignments, tire rotations, and more. Start by choosing an automotive repair shop that can keep your vehicle up-to-date with its maintenance needs while also offering quality repairs when you need them most. 

At The Durable Companies, customers trust us to deliver automotive services ranging from routine upkeep to complex auto repairs. We can handle auto body work, collision repairs, glass replacement, and so much more. But above all things, we want to make sure that proper car care starts with you. 

Follow the car care tips below to keep your vehicle running reliably:

  • Change the oil within the suggested service intervals. Checking and changing your oil and oil filter will help your engine and vehicle run smoothly. While changing your oil as required is important, using the manufacturer’s recommended oil for your vehicle can improve gas mileage by 1-2%.
  • Moving components require regular lubrication and should be checked as often as the oil is changed. Driveline components, like CV and u-joints, are flexible components that, if not properly lubricated, can break down and cause other major components to go with them.
  • Transmission and differential fluid are other important fluids to check during service intervals. Unusual noises, sluggish shifting, or abrupt gear changes are all signs that your transmission service interval is quickly approaching or has passed. For fluid specifications, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommended transmission fluid type and viscosity.
  • Pay attention to battery life. Battery connections should be kept tight, clean, and free of corrosion. Batteries rarely provide warnings before failing, so be sure to seek battery replacements as necessary.
  • Brake fluid can attract moisture, which will corrode components. Brake fluid should be replaced once a year to keep calipers, hoses, and other components in top operating condition. Other important fluids to consider changing on a regular basis include power steering fluid and coolant. Each fluid has its own service interval, so be sure to check with the manufacturer.
  • Fully functioning climate control systems are important to your comfort and your overall safety. A complete flush and fill of the coolant system is necessary for ridding the system of dirt and rust collected from the engine, radiator, and various hoses. Refrigerant may also be checked prior to the onset of warmer seasons.
  • Wheel alignments can realign your wheels to your manufacturer’s specifications. Wheel alignments improve straight-line tracking and reduce tire wear. If you feel unusual pulling to one side, it is time for a wheel alignment.
  • Avoid stop-and-go driving. This wastes fuel and adds unnecessary wear and premature age to crucial components.

By following these tips and the service intervals listed inside your owner’s manual, you can guard against major repairs and unexpected failures. Proper vehicle maintenance can save you money in the long run, and improve your safety and the safety of your passengers, while neglecting suggested services at regular intervals will void vehicle and parts warranties.

Stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance and visit us today or contact us online when your vehicle needs to be serviced by our professionals.

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For over a century, local families and businesses across New Haven County, Litchfield County, and the Northwest Area have turned to The Durable Companies for professional auto repairs, quality auto parts, and friendly service. Over our many years in business, we've grown to become a one-stop service shop. From a simple oil change to complete auto body repairs, our team is ready to get you back on the road. We offer 24-hour towing and roadside assistance. We have a large inventory of wheels and tires for sale from top brands. If you need a car rental or truck rental, we've got them here, too. We even have some used cars for sale. Stop by The Durable Companies today.

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Fax: (203) 597-1192
Address: 393 Thomaston Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06702
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