A properly maintained vehicle will protect your investment, will operate more efficiently as well as be more dependable, last longer, and provide a safer ride. Your owner’s manual gives detailed maintenance schedules that will give you piece of mind when performed on your vehicle’s components and systems. These maintenance schedules are based on both time and mileage.
All ’96 and newer cars and trucks have a powerful computer which manages and monitors the vehicle’s operation. This technology is called “second generation On-Board Diagnostics (OBDII)”. The computer makes sure your engine runs at peak efficiency and will alert you of any emission problems which need attention.
You should see the “service engine soon” or “check engine” light flash briefly when you turn your vehicle on. That tells you the system is doing its job. After briefly flashing at startup, the light should normally stay out while the vehicle is in operation.
If the light comes on and stays on, your car may not be operating properly and could have a condition which wastes fuel, shortens engine life, or could lead to expensive repairs if left unaddressed. It could also be polluting the air. For example, OBD can identify everything from a loose or missing gas cap (which contributes to smog) to a severe misfire (which can lead to engine damage).
It’s just telling you to seek attention soon. Its important to have it checked because it could be affecting your fuel efficiency. If the light is blinking, a severe engine problem like a misfire is occurring which should be addressed quickly. You can still drive safely but should minimize driving. Try not to drive.
Regular engine tune-ups bring power and fuel efficiency back to your automobile. At Finn’s Automotive we visually inspect all of your engine components and install new parts (including spark plugs as well as air and fuel filters) as needed and authorized by you.
After Finn’s Automotive performs a tune-up the result will be an engine that starts easier, runs smoother, operates more efficiently, an improvement in fuel economy, an improvement in power, and lower emissions.
When you get car tune-ups based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations you’re investing in the long-term health of your car. This saves your hard earned dollars as well as saving you your well deserved free time.
Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine. Changing the oil and filter according to your owner’s manual specifications will keep your engine running smoothly and maintain your warranty. Every Full-Service Oil Change includes the following services:
See an official description of the different oil performance levels and viscosity grades published by the American Petroleum Institute (API).
This is a preventative maintenance often overlooked by many drivers. Wheel alignment not only prevents your vehicle from pulling to one side or the other, it also significantly improves the life of your tires, enhances braking performance, improves fuel economy, as well as increasing safety.
A fuel induction system service will clean not only the fuel injectors, but the remainder of the fuel system as well, resulting in increased power and fuel mileage. It can eliminate hesitation, stalling, and rough idling too.
Step 1 Fuel Injector Cleaner
Step 2 Emission System Cleaner
Step 3 Air Intake Cleaner
Used to prevent: the buildup of dirt, carbon deposits, and varnishes which form in the vehicle’s fuel systems, on the intake valves, and in the combustion chamber areas when your engine is running. To prevent this buildup in your fuel system have your fuel system cleaned.