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Preventative maintenance

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Differential Service

When you take a corner in your car, the outside wheels have a slightly longer distance to go than the inside wheels. That means that the outside wheels have to turn a bit faster than the inside. The piece of mechanical wizardry that makes this possible is called the differential.

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Power Brakes

If you notice any decrease in stopping power or if your pedal seems mushy, you could have a problem. There are some preventive maintenance items for the power brake system that will help them last longer.

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Check Engine Light

When your check engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That's perfectly understandable. That same check engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap.

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Oil Change

An oil change: Sounds simple, but there's some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.

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Timing Belt

Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel, they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.

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wheel alignment

It's no surprise that your vehicle will drive better if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That's called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other.

CABIN AIR FILTER

A clean cabin air filter keeps out smog, allergens and other harmful pollutants. If it's time, get it changed right away.

COOLING SYSTEM

Engine damage from overheating can be very expensive to fix so it's important to maintain your cooling system properly with scheduled coolant replacement and periodic inspections of the cooling system. Certainly come in if you suspect a leak and have us take a look.

ENGINE AIR FILTER

A dirty air filter would also restrict the amount of air that gets to the engine which hurts fuel economy. We can replace your engine air filter with one that matches the factory specifications or you can upgrade your filter for enhanced performance.

FUEL SYSTEM

The fuel filter is even very important for newer cars. The fuel is still dirty even if there isn’t rust in the tank. It’s just that the fuel filter will need to be changed more frequently as the vehicle gets older.

TIRE ROTATION & BALANCING

You can make your vehicle tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing. Your tire manufacturer will have a recommendation for how often you should rotate your tires. It's usually somewhere around 3,000 to 8,000 miles.

SERPENTINE BELT

We have a special little tool that measures the depth of the grooves in the belt to see if it needs replacing. Replacing your serpentine belt on schedule, or when an inspection warrants it, will keep you from an unexpected breakdown.

SPARK PLUGS

Modern engines are delivering more power and better fuel economy all the time. That's largely credited to fast engine control computers, advanced sensors, electronic ignition and improvements to the lowly spark plug. It's critically important to have the right kind of spark plug for your vehicle.

STEERING

The fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. It breaks down as the years go by and collects unwanted moisture, so it needs to be replaced from time to time. Many manufacturers specify power steering service intervals. When in doubt, every 25,000 miles or two years is a good fallback. Your service center will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with the good stuff.

TRANSFER CASE SERVICE

Transfer case parts will eventually wear out and you'll have to make repairs. There are several things that affect how often you should change the fluid, including how much you use 4-wheel drive, if you drive in wet environments like crossing streams or through mud and snow. That kind of stuff really shortens the drain interval.

TRANSMISSION

It’s important to have enough transmission fluid. If it runs low, the transmission will run hotter and won’t have the protection it needs to cope with the added stress of towing. Transmission fluid breaks down and gets dirty over time. Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, you need to have it serviced on schedule to make sure it runs efficiently.

WINDSHIELD WIPERS

Wiper blades live outside the vehicle, exposed to heat and sun in the summer and cold and ice in the winter. It's no wonder that they get dry, brittle and torn. We recommend changing wiper blades twice a year – before they're so damaged that they don't work. If you replace them in one of your spring and fall oil changes, you should always have wiper blades that can get the job done.

Location

4885 Transit Rd.
Lancaster, NY 14043

Our hours

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday

Contact us

Phone: 716 668 2700
Email: MankoAutomotive@aol.com