Automotive Oil Change In Redmond Washington
Checking & Changing Engine Oil
Do it regularly— finding a place to get your oil changed in Redmond is the most important & least expensive routine maintenance you can do to your vehicle. The mechanics at KD Automotive recommend having your vehicles oil changed every 3,000 to 7,500 miles depending on the vehicle engine type & current & mileage. More often if you notice an oil leak or find you need to add oil routinely. The car should be parked on level ground so you can get an accurate dipstick reading. Don’t overfill. And if you do have a leak, stop by our auto repair shop in Redmond for an estimate to fix the leak.
Other Items That Are Checked During Oil Change & Regular Service
Remove the air-filter element and hold it up to a strong light. If you don’t see light, replace it.
On front-wheel-drive and some four-wheel-drive vehicles, examine these rubber boots, also known as CV boots, on the drive axles. Immediately replace any that are cut, cracked, or leaking
If you’re willing to make under-car inspections, check for rusted-through exhaust parts that need replacing. It rains a lot in Redmond so rust is common. Also tighten loose clamps. Listen for changes in the exhaust sound while driving. Keep a keen nose out for any exhaust fumes getting into the cabin of the vehicle.
For most people it makes sense to have a shop check and service the brakes. Replace excessively worn pads or linings, and have badly scored rotors or drums machined or replaced. The brakes should be checked at least once per year; more often if you drive a lot of miles. & Especially important if towing (Boats, Trailers, RV’s ect…)
Check the Fluids
On many newer cars, the automatic transmission is sealed. On cars where it is not sealed, check the transmission dipstick with the engine warmed up and running (see the owner’s manual for details). Also check the power-steering-pump dipstick (it’s usually attached to the fluid-reservoir cap) and the level in the brake-fluid reservoir. If the brake-fluid level is low, top it up and have the system checked for leaks.
Clean the Radiator
Keep Fluid Full. Test & check for leaks. Pay attention to the temperature gauge. Never Drive a vehicle while it is overheating. This can prevent major engine damage to the cylinder head(s) & head gasket(s) If overheating symptoms are present. It is advised to have vehicle towed. Where KD Automotive’s professional staff can determine the cause & needed repair to the vehicle.
Check the Battery
Inspect the battery’s terminals and cables to make sure they are securely attached, with no corrosion. If the battery has removable caps, check its fluid level. The colder months we experience here in the Pacific North West can strain a weak battery causing many cold morning “No Start” conditions. Keep this in mind as we approach the winter months & have your vehicles battery checked at least once per year.
Change the Automatic-Transmission Fluid
Many models require that you replace the fluid and filter every 36,000 miles—sooner if the normally pink fluid takes on a brownish tint. With some cars the fluid and, if applicable, the filter can go 100,000 miles or more. CVT Transmission require a special type of transmission fluid that is not compatible with standard ATF (auto-trans fluid)
Replace the Drive Belts and Hoses
Do this every two to three years, even if they don’t show any wear. If a belt becomes noisy, have it adjusted or replaced.
Change the Timing Belt
If your vehicle has a belt instead of a chain, stick to the manufacturer’s recommended replacement interval—usually every 60,000 to 120,000 miles. Check the owner’s manual or consult at Redmond mechanic at KD Automotive. Failure to change the timing belt can result in a very expensive engine repair if the belt should break.