Factory Recommended Maintenance

 
Automotive manufacturers know that a well maintained car, truck or SUV increases owner’s satisfaction because the vehicle is more dependable and will last longer. That’s why the manufacturer (“factory”) creates detailed maintenance schedules outlining specific operations to be performed on various components and systems. This is done at different mileage intervals to ensure proper operation and prevent premature wear.
 
Your vehicle’s manufacturer also indicates which services are required to maintain the factory warranty and extended warranty. But did you know that this scheduled maintenance does not need to be performed by a dealership? Your local AAMCO center can provide all of your vehicle’s needs specified in the owner’s manual. Our skilled technicians perform a wide range of services, making AAMCO your one-stop shop for all of your vehicle’s repairs and maintenance. Click on each of the services below to find out more about each of the services available at AAMCO.
 
 Air Filtration Replacement Service  Fuel System Cleaning Service
 Automatic Transmission Fluid Services  Full Service Oil, Lube & Filter Change
 Battery Maintenance Services  Light Bulb Replacement Service
 Brake System Fluid Service  Serpentine Belt Replacement Service
 Cabin Air Filter Service  Tire Rotation Service
 Cooling System Service  Wiper Blade Replacement Service
 Fuel Filter Replacement Service    
Not all services available at all centers.
 

Air Filtration Replacement Service

 
Clean air is better. A clean air filter helps your car, truck or SUV perform better.
 
A typical Air Filtration Replacement Service at AAMCO includes:
 Replacement of the air filter, to improve gas mileage, engine performance, and acceleration.
 Replacement of the breather element, if needed, to help keep contaminants out of the
   engine oil.
 Replacement of the PCV Valve, if needed, to reduce fumes, air pollution and wear on engine
   parts.


Automatic Transmission Fluid Services
 
AAMCO centers are the experts in the care and maintenance of your car, truck or SUV’s transmission. AAMCO centers offer the following transmission fluid services—click on any for more information
 
Power Purge Plus Transmission Flush & Filter Change
Power Purge  Transmission Flush
Safeguard Fluid & Filter Change


Battery Maintenance Services
 
A well-maintained battery gives you peace of mind, whether you’re out on the road or the weather turns cold.
 
Does your battery keep running down? Does it start slowly? Or does the temperature impact how well your car starts? It takes an expert to diagnose the starting and charging systems in your vehicle. Take your car, truck or SUV to AAMCO for a starting and charging system diagnosis and our free 36-point ProtectCheck.
 
An AAMCO technician will inspect the battery connections, the hardware, the condition of the case, the electrolyte level (where applicable), and the battery load (its ability to perform its function). The technician inspects the alternator belts, brackets and connections, and tests voltage and current. Finally, the starter is inspected for proper connections and mounting, and is tested to see how much electrical power is required to turn over the engine when the engine is cranked.
 
Based on this expert diagnosis, your AAMCO center will recommend the service that’s right for you and replace only the needed components.
 
Unlike other components in your car or truck, the battery does not give warning signs when it is near failure. A battery aged three or more years is a good candidate for replacement. Please refer to your owners manual for factory recommended maintenance intervals for your specific vehicle.

Brake System Fluid Service
 
Many experts recommend replacing the fluid as a preventive maintenance service every two years or 24,000 miles. That’s because brake fluids absorb moisture over time, which could mean your brakes perform less well when you need them the most—during hard braking.
 
The brake fluid level should be checked periodically, preferably with every oil change. Check your owners manual to determine the recommended interval for changing the brake fluid, or bring your vehicle to AAMCO to have a complete brake inspection. You’ll also get the AAMCO 36-Step ProtectCheck Inspection to ensure all of the major systems in your vehicle are in good working order.

Cabin Air Filter Service
 
You can breathe cleaner air in your car, truck or SUV by regularly changing the cabin air filter. In a compact area like a vehicle interior, there can be high concentrations of dust, pollen and bacteria, which can affect the health of the driver and/or passengers by aggravating allergies.
 
Fortunately, a large number of vehicles now have a cabin air filter to clean incoming air. Cabin air filters are electro-statically charged, and work like a magnet to collect pollutants as they try to enter and move through your car.
 
Please refer to your owners manual for factory recommended maintenance intervals for your specific vehicle. Or, AAMCO centers can print out your recommended maintenance intervals. It should be noted however, that cabin air filter replacement is not always noted in the owner’s manual, so a rule of thumb is replacement about every 15,000 miles.

Cooling System Service
 
Did you know that the cooling system and its overheating is the most common cause of mechanical breakdowns on the road? And that overheating can cause severe damage to the engine and the transmission?
 
Coolant (also termed anti-freeze) protects your engine from overheating and from freezing. The coolant’s effectiveness can diminish over time and lose many of its protective properties—even causing your radiator to rust and corrode. The cooling system itself can get clogged with built-up deposits from oil, grease, scale, hose decomposition, and other materials.
 
Coolant/antifreeze manufacturers recommend changing the coolant fluid once a year, and some service manuals stipulate flushing and refilling the radiator every 24 months, regardless of mileage. Check your car's owner manual, or come to AAMCO where we can give you information on the recommended interval for changing the coolant in your vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to change the fluid every 24 months (at minimum), or if you have any of the following symptoms:
 Your vehicle overheats
 Your coolant or temperature light comes on
 Your temperature gauge reads higher or lower than normal
 Your heater does not work
Visit your local AAMCO for an AAMCO Cooling System Service, and get a 36-point ProtectCheck Inspection performed on your vehicle at no additional cost.

Fuel Filter Replacement Service
 
The fuel filter helps prevent water, dirt particles and other contaminants from getting into your vehicle’s fuel system—where they can clog up your fuel injection system or carburetor. The fuel filter itself can get clogged or contaminated over time, making your car, truck or SUV perform at less than its best.
 
The fuel filter should be replaced according to your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications, or about every year or two if you drive under more severe driving conditions—for example, if your car is constantly subjected to the stresses of stop-and-go driving.
 
An AAMCO Fuel Filter Replacement Service includes disconnecting and removing the old filter, installing a new filter, and checking the fuel filter and fittings for leaks.

Fuel System Cleaning Service
 
Restore maximum power and performance to your vehicle’s engine with an AAMCO Fuel System Cleaning Service. Almost every car, truck or SUV today uses fuel injection, and fuel injection maintenance is now routinely recommended to keep you car performing at its best.
 
An AAMCO Fuel System Service may help to alleviate the following symptoms:
 Trouble starting
 Poor gas mileage and performance
 Hesitating or knocking
 Rough idle
 
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or would like to know the recommended interval for fuel system service in your vehicle, check your car's owner manual, or come in to your local AAMCO center.

Full Service Oil, Lube & Filter Change
 
Most technicians agree that changing the engine oil and filter on a regular basis is the single most important maintenance service for your car, truck or SUV. Most technicians also agree that it should be changed about every 3,000 miles if you are driving in what are defined as severe conditions: stop-and-go traffic, city driving, or frequent short trips.
 
An AAMCO Full Service Oil, Lube & Filter Change includes:
 Up to 5 quarts of engine oil
 New oil filter
 Lubrication of all grease fittings on your vehicle, as applicable
 Plus AAMCO’s 36-point ProtectCheck Inspection, to ensure all major systems in your
   vehicle are in good working order.

Light Bulb Replacement Service
 
Working lights and light bulbs are critical to your safety on the road. Your headlights need to work properly for oncoming traffic to see you, and for you to see them. Your taillights need to work so drivers following you know when you are stopping or turning.
 
Visit AAMCO for Light Bulb Replacement Service if any of the following bulbs are burned out:
 Headlights
 Taillights
 Parking lights
 Reverse lights
 Fog lights
 
To make sure your lights are functioning properly and that all major systems in your car, truck or SUV are in good working order, visit AAMCO annually for a 36-point ProtectCheck Inspection.

Serpentine Belt Replacement Service
 
Serpentine belts are critical to the operation of a number of your vehicle’s components, from the water pump to the power steering pump to the alternator to the air conditioning. And who wants to go without air conditioning or power steering!
 
That’s why it’s important to have the serpentine belt inspected regularly—as it is a part of AAMCO’s 36-point ProtectCheck Inspection. A worn serpentine belt is not always obvious, so it’s important to have it changed according to your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. Timely replacement could mean the difference between trouble-free operation, and just plain old trouble.

Tire Rotation Service
 
AAMCO Tire Rotation Service helps protect your safety and extend the life of the tires on your vehicle. Tire rotation helps ensure that all of the tires wear evenly. Most manufacturers recommend rotation of tires frequently, generally every 6,000 to 12,000 miles, or when tire tread wear appears uneven.
 
While performing the service, AAMCO certified technicians will also check the tire pressure and inspect the tires for any damage or unusual wear. They’ll also perform a 36-point ProtectCheck Inspection to ensure all major systems in your car, truck or SUV are in good working condition.

Wiper Blade Replacement Service
 
Worn blades are easy to overlook, but can pose a serious safety hazard while you are driving. A rule of thumb is to change your wiper blades every six months or so, especially if you live in an area with extreme temperature changes.
 
AAMCO’s Wiper Blade Replacement Service will remove your vehicle’s old blades and install quality new blades. We’ll also check for any damage to the windshield wiper arm assembly.