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1125 River Rd.
New Windsor, NY 12553

Car Care Tips

Practice Proper Car Care & Prevent Expensive Automotive Repairs

Auto repair mechanic in New Windsor, NYAt B&M Auto Body & Restoration, we want our customers in New Windsor, NY, Cornwall, NY, Newburgh, NY, and surrounding areas to get the best performance and life out of their vehicles. If you want to get ten years or more useful life out of your car, whether for yourself or in order to sell it down the line, you'll want to follow the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual and remember our car care tips. 

Taking care of your car helps prevent expensive automotive repairs in the future, and helps you retain the value of your vehicle for a higher sales price if you ever decide to sell it. In the event the check engine light turns on or you notice a decrease in performance, it's wise to seek a diagnostic and repair service in a timely manner. Early action prevents bigger and more costly repairs later.

If you need an auto repair shop in New Windsor, you can visit the team at B&M Auto Body & Restoration. We have ASE-certified technicians on staff to service your vehicle. From brake work to shock and strut replacement and full collision repair, we're here to help keep your car roadworthy.

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 the next time you need a truck or car repair service in New Windsor.
You can also contact us online or by phone when your vehicle needs to be serviced by our professionals.

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