REPAIR & MAINTENANCE
Technical information and maintenance recommendations provided by the Car Care Alliance.
Add life to your tires, improve your MPG and get a smoother ride with a computerized alignment from Greenbrier Auto Care Center. We can align almost any vehicle including tires up to 44″ in diameter and wheels up to 30″ in diameter.
Greenbrier Auto Care Center can help you choose the right battery for your vehicle and lifestyle. Our staff can safely and professionally install your battery and get you back on the road. Your car’s electrical system powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to accessories such as your radio, headlights and wipers.
Belts & Hoses
Exposure to heat, vibration and contamination makes belts and hoses wear out faster than any other components in your car. That’s why regular inspections are so important.
Your brakes can keep you from rear-ending other drivers. Regular inspection and adjustment is recommended. The brake system is actually composed of two kinds of systems—Hydraulics and Friction Materials. Greenbrier Auto Care Center will make sure all components are up to date and ready to stop your vehicle when the brakes are applied.
Computerized Engine Analysis
In order to meet Federal Exhaust Emission and Fuel Economy regulations, today’s vehicles are equipped with highly sophisticated electronic engine control systems. These systems do not require periodic adjustments. The only services required on a scheduled basis are spark plug and filter replacement.
Cooling System Maintenance
To run at peak efficiency levels, your engine requires a cooling system that feeds liquid throughout the system preventing overheating. Most manufacturers recommend having the cooling system tested and serviced every two years.
This is the heart of the electrical system. It consists of three main components: the belt-driven alternator, various electrical circuits, and a voltage regulator. The alternator supplies power to the electrical system and recharges the battery after your car has started. Just like it sounds, the voltage regulator controls the voltage, keeping it within the operating range of the electrical system.
The best way to keep your vehicle environmentally friendly is by performing regularly scheduled maintenance, rather than waiting to correct a problem after your car fails an emissions test. If the SERVICE ENGINE SOON or CHECK ENGINE light appears, have it checked out immediately. Neglecting these warning signs can cause lead to more extensive and expensive repairs.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Nobody likes a cold car in the winter or a hot car in the summer. Greenbrier Auto Care Center can maintain your system so that never happens.
Oil, Lube, and Filter
Having your oil changed regularly (usually every 3-5,000 miles) is the most affordable way to prevent more costly engine repairs. Your vehicle will run smoother and consume less gasoline with a regular and proper oil maintenance schedule.
This system consumes more electrical power than any other in your car. The starting system consists of three components which work in tandem: the ignition switch, the starter relay or solenoid, and the starter motor. The ignition switch controls the starter solenoid, which activates the starter motor. The starter motor then turns the engine until your car starts.
Shocks and Struts
Shocks and struts are the primary components of your cars suspension and steering systems. They work to allow the wheels to move independently of the car, while keeping it “suspended” and stable. Any play or uncontrolled motion in these systems results in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. Vehicle alignment is closely tied to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.
While the new “run-flat” technology gains acceptance, most drivers will experience a nail in their tire. One of the leading causes of tire failure is a faulty repair. The most effective method of repair for nail holes (1/4″ or less) is the plug and patch repair. For repairs larger than a nail hole (3/8″ and larger) the tire should be removed from service.
Tire rotation refers to the regular practice of switching the position of each tire on the car. The purpose of tire rotation is to help equalize tread wear and gain the maximum life from your tire investment. While you should refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended rotation interval and pattern; generally a rotation interval of 6,000 miles is recommended.
Vehicles with automatic transmissions require transmission fluid. It protects the transmission from running too hot. Completely flushing and replenishing your transmission fluid will add years to the life of your transmission.
The most common signs of unbalanced tires are vibration and noise problems. When driving with an out-of-balance wheel, the wheel literally bounces down the road rather than spinning smoothly. This can affect the speed, handling and mileage of your car. It’s a good idea to have your car’s wheels balanced when rotating the tires, about every 6,000 miles.