Maintaining Your Car

Car Maintenance Tips

Today’s new automobiles, regardless of the make and model, are becoming increasingly challenging with newer technologies finding their way into impacting our driving experience.


At All Out Auto Repair we get that. Locally owned and family run, we’ve been specializing in general mechanics since 1997 and owner Darren has over 25 years of hands-on experience in the auto repair industry throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Our technicians perform auto inspections, computer diagnostics, wheel alignments, tune-ups and have experience working on all makes and models of diesel and light trucks.

With a reputation for quality customer service and efficient repairs, you can count on accountable and trustworthy auto service from our location in Lloydminster. Our economy and our focus on customer service means that we’re here for you – our customers – from every car owner, from business fleet owners, to specialists like a limo service, to the weekend hobbyist.

Some maintenance simply requires you to swap out parts, like air filters – you need a new car air filter every 12 months or 20,000 km, whichever comes first. Windshield Wipers can be replaced after about six months or a year of use. The packaging for the new blades should have a general set of instructions and a helpful diagram.

Most spark plugs need replacing after about 50,000 km, you should be able to locate your spark plugs fairly easily, because they’re attached to thick rubbery wires with either four, six, or eight plugs, depending on how many cylinders your car has. Remember, spark plugs are installed in a certain order, which you need to keep so only replace one at a time.

Oil and Oil Filters should be changed about every 5000-8000 km. Safety first, make sure the engine is cool first and the car is secure when jacked up. Oil is the life blood of your car so take your time to do it right and recycle the old oil. Changing your oil is the dirtiest job on the list, but it might be the most rewarding too.

Finally, there are a few things that you should keep an eye on regularly like battery levels and that your lights are still working. Check your drive belts – they run everything from the alternator to the a/c compressor. Check your fluids, in addition to oil, transmission fluid, radiator fluid, and even windshield washer fluid levels. And check your tire pressure weekly and prior to long trips, it can affect fuel economy, handling, and comfort.

In all cases, check your owner’s manual for the correct part number, wear time, and instructions. Don’t risk injury or take apart pieces that you can’t put back together and remember, the biggest steps to any DIY project is knowing when not to do it yourself - any time you are uncomfortable with a project, call in the professionals at All Out Auto Repair.

If your vehicle is having issues ask about our $66 auto safety inspection, or if you need to book an appointment with our repair shop, or even if you have questions about our services, call All Out Auto Repair at 780-875-7022 today.

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