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Oil Change

The Maintenance Mindset For San Antonio Drivers

In San Antonio, we know we need to take care of our cars, but it just seems really hard to remember to do it. We generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to our vehicles.

For example, we water and mow the lawn every week. And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves. We go to our San Antonio dentist twice a year, take our clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids for a checkup before school starts.

So TX people really are maintenance minded. They just have to learn to apply that mindset to their vehicles. I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our lesson and start to take better care of things.

Unfortunately, San Antonio drivers too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they have to bring their family car to their San Antonio auto center on a tow truck.
So many times, a little routine maintenance would have prevented a breakdown. Here’s something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full service oil change in San Antonio, your tech will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason why.

At Cordova Auto Centers, if your serpentine belt is worn, we’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – we’ve got you covered. All of this takes a trained and experienced eye – more than you find at a quick lube center in TX. And we’ll check to see if your family car manufacturer has recommended any services at your current mileage.

So when you come in for an oil change at Cordova Auto Centers, you get a visual inspection and a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure.
And remember that your friendly Cordova Auto Centers service advisor can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe, and avoid expensive breakdowns.

Cordova Auto Centers: Use The Correct Fluids In Your Vehicle

Big advances in automotive technology have led to the development of high-tech fluids to keep pace. A simple example of this is the cooling system. For decades it was primarily made out of iron, steel and rubber hoses. There was one kind of coolant that protected these components from corrosion.

Now cooling system components are made with various metal alloys and plastics. These materials require different additives to protect them from corrosion. Since the materials used vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, we now have a number of different kinds of coolant at Cordova Auto Centers in San Antonio. And it’s important to use the right coolant for your family car. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won’t protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Of course, your friendly Cordova Auto Centers advisor will know the proper coolant to use. If you’re concerned you may have use the wrong fluid, be safe and have your Cordova Auto Centers technician flush the system and start fresh with the correct fluid.

Brake fluid is confusing for some people in TX. For a very long time, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some San Antonio people mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That’s not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the requirements of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is recommended for your family car.

Transmission fluid is the same thing. With the tremendous engineering advances in automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids developed to protect and lubricate them. Nowhere are the advances in automotive fluids more evident than in motor oil. Many new weights and formulations have been created to meet the demands of today’s modern engine design.

Modern family car engines have more parts and much tighter tolerances. Every year, engines make more power and get better fuel economy in San Antonio. And with all the complication and sophistication, they still have to be durable. That’s where the new grades of engine oil come in. They have to be formulated to lubricate, protect and clean all of those family car engine parts, big and little. The oil has to be thin enough to get into small passages, yet resistant to vaporization.

Your vehicle may have come from the factory with synthetic oil and/or transmission, brake, differential fluid, etc. If so, your recommended service intervals will be based on synthetic-type fluids and you should use the same type when your family car is serviced at Cordova Auto Centers.

Because grades of oil and types of coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc. are so carefully matched to the vehicle, take care to always use the proper fluid if you are topping off at home. Check your family car owner’s manual or ask your Cordova Auto Centers service advisor. The wrong fluid can cause damage.

 

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