Scheduled maintenance is service at 30K 60K & 90K miles. This is required for maximum efficiency and to extend the life of your car, which is usually your largest investment after your home.
Brake flush, radiator flush, transmission flush, brakes, belts and hoses, are some examples of scheduled maintenance. Timing belts, water pumps, gaskets leaking, alternators, radiators, starters, fuel delivery and induction, sensor and switches. These items should be checked at certain intervals. Having these components checked can save you from being stranded. And we will have none of that.
We also do engine replacements. Check your owner’s manual or see us at Crabapple Automotive to find out your car’s requirements.
Brake fluid lives in a sealed environment because exposure to moisture will ruin it. This service is performed with a brake fluid flush machine. When you are having brake repairs done, changing it may not only make sense but be necessary if the hydraulic system has been compromised. And you sure don’t want to compromise anything on your car. Right?
Most radiators today are small, made of light weight aluminum, and crammed so tightly in the front of the car you can barely see it. The neck of the radiator (where you pour in the antifreeze) is usually angled in such a way that it is impossible to pour in the antifreeze, or even SEE the antifreeze for that matter. The inside of the radiator is made up of a honey comb maze of rows, or “sipes” that sends the hot antifreeze on a long meandering journey from left to right of the radiator. Air is being forced through fins on the outside of the radiator to cool down the antifreeze inside the radiator.
This is a trick question.
Where does dirt and sediment accumulate in the radiator, at the top or the bottom?
The bottom of the radiator will trap the majority of the rust, dirt and sediment. Radiator flush is usually done about 2 to 3 years. Ask your mechanic at Crabapple Automotive today about the requirements for your vehicle.
The fluid exchange machine, which some people choose to call a flush machine, cuts into the transmission cooler line at the radiator. As the car runs, old fluid goes out into the waste tank while new fluid is simultaneously pumped in. And if the service is done properly, the transmission oil pan still has to be removed and cleaned and the filter replaced — a solid hour and a half of work. So if a quick-lube shop is offering it to you in 35 minutes, something’s not being done.