Are Your Car’s Systems Overdue for a Check Up?

Are Your Car’s Systems Overdue for a Check Up?

Keeping Up With Scheduled Vehicle Maintenance

Even the most careful of drivers put wear on their vehicles. When the time comes to have one or more of your systems checked out, the service team here at Pat McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac is one of the top-rated Buick service centers near Cedar Rapids, and we’re here to help. Our technicians are trained to help when oil becomes saturated with crud, belts wear down, air filters stop working effectively, and spark plugs eventually stop operating properly — but knowing when these issues typically need to be addressed can help you prevent major vehicle repairs and keep your car running for a long time.


Breaking Down The Service Interval on Your Vehicle’s Systems

As inconvenient as it might seem, most of your vehicle’s engine systems can’t really be checked all at one time; what does help your wallet however is that most engine components don’t need to be checked very often:

  • Motor oil and oil filters work to lubricate your engines parts and remove corroding debris. Many drivers change their oil and filter at 3,000 miles — which is a lot more often than they need to. Most vehicles can go 5,000 to 7,000 miles without a change. Some can even last up to 10,000 miles! Check your vehicle manual for your suggested interval.
  • Serpentine belts drive your power steering, alternator, air conditioning, and other accessory systems. Over time their grooves wear down, and if left alone long enough, they can snap and cause some serious engine damage. Belts typically starting wearing out around 50,000 to 60,000 miles, and should be checked by a mechanic when you hit that mile mark to see if they need replacing.
  • Brake fluid should be replaced every two to three years to eliminate any collected moisture.
  • Spark plugs wear out anywhere between 30,000 and 100,000 miles, depending on the type of plug you have. Standard plugs are usually good for the minimum, while plugs made with platinum or iridium are usually good for the maximum.
  • Power steering fluid becomes full of debris over time and should be changed every 50,000 to 100,000 miles to avoid corrosion.


Trust Pat McGrath with Your Next Scheduled Service

Finding that one or more of your systems are overdue for a check up? We can deliver quick, efficient work from a team that you can trust. Give us a call to set up an appointment or use our handy online application. We’re located in Hiawatha, just 12-minute ride north on I-380. We look forward to serving you!

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