16 September 2009


When I used to work at Pep Boys, every time a woman came in, or a guy who didn't know what he was doing, my boss as well as the ASE certified technicians would try to get maximum dollar out of customers. That's the way the system is set up, and as Tupac's song goes "that's just the way it is". So in case you go to a vehicle service shop and need a routine oil change, and they tell you, "Ma'am, you need to rotate your tires", or "Sir, you need to change your air filter", here is a breakdown of what you need and how often you need it:
Oil Change: Every 3,000 miles or Every 3 to 6 months. (Change the oil filter every time.)

New Battery: Every 2 to 4 years. (The first and most likely indication of a low battery would be a hard starting problem caused by slow cranking. If the battery seems weak or fails to crank your engine normally, it may be low.)

Brake Job: You may also need a brake job if you're having brake problems such as grabbing, pulling, low or soft pedal, pedal vibration, noise, etc., or if some component in your brake system has failed.

A set of brake linings that last 70,000 miles or more on a car driven mostly on the highway may last only 30,000 or 40,000 miles on the same vehicle that is driven mostly in stop-and-go city traffic.

Wiper Blades: Every 6 to 8 months. I suggest Rain-X, it's a top of the line brand and poor wiper blades can ruin you windshield.

New Engine/Transmission: I suggest you get a new car.

Belts/Hoses: Serpentine, timing....sometimes these things snap and you need to get a new one, point blank.

Shocks/Struts: If you can push your car downwards and it bounces like hydraulics you probably need new shocks, or struts.

Fluids: Power steering, coolant, water etc...make sure every time you get an oil change you top them off.

Tires: Get them rotated every 60,000 miles, rotation simply mean your rear tires go on the front and vice versa. Every time you get them rotated get them balanced too. If your ar drifts when you drive you'll need an alignment.

Alternator: When your car won't start and the lights are coming on inside your car, you need an alternator (most likely). An alternator is the medium between the battery and the car.

Air Filter: Annually or every 15,000 miles.

Hopefully this was helpful, I was talking to one of my friends and she said every time she needs an oil change the mechanics try and jip her, well maybe this will enlighten some so you can go in there and know what you need before they tell you.

Da Bruhz

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