Busted in St Charles: The Maintenance Free MythSep 9th, 2017
Quality surveys report fewer problems with new St Louis cars than ever before. So does that mean that modern vehicles have become maintenance free in Missouri?
Back when cars spent more time in the St Charles repair shop, Missouri drivers were more mindful of routine auto service. Now, it's much easier to put it off.
Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. If your vehicle engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy.
Now the ignition system is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as a 100,000 miles/150,000 kilometers. So tune-ups used to force you in to your St Charles auto repair shop for service, and while you were there, you just took care of whatever else was on the list.
So, what's the benefit to St Charles drivers of keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy. Those benefits pay for the service as you go along.
The big plus is that major repairs – and the associated breakdowns – are prevented. And these aren't just repairs that are a long way off. Modern engines are far more sophisticated and have many parts that are in critical need of proper lubrication. Missing just one oil change can allow oil sludge to start forming. Sludge clogs small engine passages, robbing parts of the lubrication they need. Failure could easily occur within two or three years.
Taking care of the little things now at JC Car Care and Tire - South prevents big repairs later. No St Charles driver wants to be stranded by a breakdown. Your vehicle still needs to be taken care of – it's just that some of those points of care have changed with automotive advancements. The need for proper maintenance in Missouri did not go away.
Give us a call.
JC Car Care and Tire - South
4429 Tumbleweed Trl
St Charles, Missouri 63304
At JC Car Care and Tire - South we install quality NAPA replacement parts.