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Automotive Service and Vehicle Maintenance




Tindol's Service Advisors are available to answer your questions about automotive service, vehicle maintenance, inspections, tires and any other service questions.

Please call our Service Department at 704-884-2210 or click the links below to schedule service or ask us a question.

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Learn more about automotive service in these informational videos or read the maintenance basics below.



    

     



The benefits of regular maintenance:

By maintaining your vehicle, you preserve your vehicle’s optimal operation, reliability, and safety. You also ensure maximum fuel efficiency and improved trade-in or resale value. Routine maintenance helps keep your vehicle in the best possible condition. Maintenance helps your vehicle last longer and run more efficiently.



Monthly maintenance checklist:

Every month, it’s recommended that you check the following:

  • Function of all interior and exterior lights
  • Wear and tear on tires
  • Engine oil fluid level
  • Windshield washer fluid level

More information about recommended maintenance is available in your Owner's Manual.



Maintenance basics:

In addition to the monthly checks listed above, there are a number of steps you can take to help preserve your vehicle’s condition.

  • Change your oil. An oil and filter change is one of the most important types of maintenance – and the one your vehicle needs most frequently. Ford Motor Company generally recommends getting an oil change every 7,500 miles or every six months for 2008 and newer model year vehicles. Consult your Owner’s Manual for more details.
  • Rotate your tires. Have your tires rotated every time you get your oil changed. This helps distribute wear evenly.
  • Have your tires balanced and wheels aligned. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to one side while you’re driving, it may be a sign that you need an alignment.
  • Drive smart. Avoid aggressive driving, which can damage your vehicle.

 To find out what scheduled maintenance is recommended for your vehicle, consult your Owner's Manual.



The multi-point inspection:

This service evaluates your vehicle’s fluid levels, key system and component status, tire-tread depth and wear patterns, brake pad thickness and battery life. Inspecting your vehicle allows your technician to identify any problems and recommend the appropriate service.




Check your owner's manual for the specific recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, or if you own a Ford vehicle, you can visit the
Ford.com Maintenance Schedule
website to access the service schedule for your specific year, make and model.

Call our Service Advisors at 704-884-2210 if you have questions or would like to schedule a service appointment.

Source: https://owner.ford.com/how-tos/maintenance/vehicle-exterior/guidelines-for-healthy-vehicle-maintenance.html.

 

  

Automotive Service and Repair Gastonia NC
     



Truck General Maintenance Recommendations:

The following recommended service schedule is for a Ford F-150 truck. Consult your owner's manual for your vehicle's specific maintenance schedule or visit Owner.Ford.com.

Here's what happens at your 10000 mile checkup:

 - Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 30000 mile checkup:

 - Replace engine air filter
- Replace climate controlled seat filters, if equipped
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 60000 mile checkup:

- Replace engine air filter
- Replace climate controlled seat filters, if equipped
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 90000 mile checkup:

- Replace engine air filter
- Replace climate controlled seat filters, if equipped
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 100000 mile checkup:

- Replace spark plugs
- Inspect accessory drive belt(s)
- Change orange coolant
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 120000 mile checkup:

- Replace engine air filter
- Inspect accessory drive belt(s)
- Replace climate controlled seat filters, if equipped
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 140000 mile checkup:

- Inspect accessory drive belt(s)
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 150000 mile checkup:

 - Replace engine air filter
- Change automatic transmission/transaxle fluid and filter
- Change orange coolant
- Replace accessory drive belts (if not replaced within last 100,000 miles)
- Replace climate controlled seat filters, if equipped
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

* This is a generic recommended service schedule. To obtain accurate information for your specific vehicle and year, you should consult your owner's manual or contact our service advisors.




Car General Maintenance Recommendations:

The following recommended service schedule is for a Ford Fusion sedan. Consult your owner's manual for your vehicle's specific maintenance schedule or visit Owner.Ford.com.

Here's what happens at your 10000 mile checkup:

- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 20000 mile checkup:

- Replace cabin air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 30000 mile checkup:

- Replace engine air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 40000 mile checkup:

- Replace cabin air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 60000 mile checkup:

- Replace engine air filter
- Replace cabin air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 80000 mile checkup: 

- Replace cabin air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 90000 mile checkup:

- Replace engine air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 100000 mile checkup:

- Replace platinum spark plugs
- Inspect accessory drive belt(s)
- Replace cabin air filter
- Change orange coolant
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

Here's what happens at your 120000 mile checkup:

- Replace engine air filter
- Inspect accessory drive belt(s)
- Replace cabin air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection
Here's what happens at your 140000 mile checkup:

- Inspect accessory drive belt(s)
- Replace cabin air filter
- Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
- Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
- Inspect cooling system and hoses
- Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
- Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
- Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
- Perform multi-point inspection

* This is a generic recommended service schedule. To obtain accurate information for your specific vehicle and year, you should consult your owner's manual or contact our service advisors.




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