Car Care Tips
At Gaughan Auto Store and Gaughan Auto Service Center we want our
customers in Taylor, PA, Scranton, PA, Dickson City, PA, and surrounding
areas to get the most out of their used vehicles.
What’s the key to keeping your car running for a long time? Following
the recommended maintenance intervals outlined in your owner’s manual and
checking for potential problems before they happen are essential to overall
vehicle maintenance. But when the time for necessary auto repairs arrives,
remember where to turn: Gaughan Auto Service Center.
Follow the car care tips below to keep your vehicle running
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
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
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
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
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.