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    Tue 8:00AM - 6:00PM
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PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Car Care Aware

Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association

The following simple and inexpensive preventive checks will greatly extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit the environment.

Always consult your owner's manual for individual service schedules because maintenance requirements vary by manufacturer.

  • Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
  • Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of the vehicle.
  • Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
  • Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle's suspension system.
  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.
  • Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights.
  • Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.
  • Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.
  • Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.
Service Interval Schedule:

Vehicle System or Component

Check Monthly

Check Every 3,000 Miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid


Battery and Cables


Belts


Brakes and Brake Fluid


Cabin Air Filter



Chassis Lubrication


Check Engine Light On


Coolant (Antifreeze)


Engine Air Filter


Engine Oil and Filter

Exhaust


Fuel Filter


Hoses


Lights


Power Steering Fluid


Shock Absorbers and Struts


Tire Inflation and Condition


Windshield Washer Fluid


Wiper Blades



What Our Customers Are Saying

There is no other place I would take my vehicles to. Great Lakes Auto Repair has the lowest prices around and some of the most knowledgeable technicians in the industry. The service is top notch and the work is excellent!!!


-Crystal G.

The best place in town to go. Great Lakes Auto Repair has always helped me with my vehicle repairs. They are honest and fair and always helpful in whatever way possible. If you want to go somewhere that will look out for your best interest, this is the place!


-Matt G.

I had a great experience with great Lakes auto! Matt was wonderful, and helpful through the whole process. They diagnosed and repaired my vehicle the same day! I am very pleased with their service, I will definitely returning for future repair needs, as well as recommending them to friends and family. Thanks again Matt!


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Great service tries to help you save money great friendly people Update stayed an hour just to get the job done and waited until I got there!


-Nicole

I have taken both of my Honda Civics to Great Lakes Auto and have been completely satisfied with their service and free loaner car every time. Matt and his crew are very knowledgeable for repairs on all types of vehicles. They give friendly service as well as recommendations for repairs needed without being hard pressured into the repairs. Keep up the good work Great Lakes Auto Repair.


-Mary K.

Had my car fixed and fixed correctly the first time, competitively priced with outstanding customer service by knowledgeable technicians. Was my first time going there, but now it will be the only place I take my car.


-Doyle H.

If you want an honest and reasonable place, it's here! They are amazing.


-Dina L.

This is a good shop with qualified mechanics and fair prices. As a customer since they first opened, and a former employee, I can guarantee you on any given day this place is far too busy to fix anything on your car that isn't necessary. Their mechanics are certified and very knowledgeable. They often take on jobs no one else wants or can handle. The entire staff is very friendly and willing to go the extra mile. Whether it be giving customers a ride to and from, shopping around for parts, dealing with tight deadlines, staying late, or anything in between, Great Lakes will do what it takes to make your experience as pleasant as possible. They are also very good at prioritizing what needs fixed now and what can wait when on a budget. All of their work is warrantied and they stand behind anything they do. When it comes to prices they are exceptionally competitive. If you find someone to do it cheaper than these guys it's probably not going to come with a receipt, and cash will be the only form of payment excepted. I highly recommend this shop for any of your repair needs.


-Nick W.

My experience with great lakes auto has always been tremendously well.. Great Lakes Auto works with you and your budget..They always let you know what needs to be fixed first if your budget is tight..I love having my 10% discount..I love my free oil change for life.. when they had the free oil change for life program I jumped on it quick.. I save a lot of money with Great Lakes Auto.. John is excellent and Matt is the best.. I love them all..


-Tracie J.

I’ve been brining my 70’s classic and late model vehicles to Great Lakes Auto Repair for several years now. Whether it’s a minor brake repair or something more major and complex, it’s not just a job, rather they truly care about the quality of work and attention to detail. Quotes are accurate, follow-up and communication are very timely. I truly appreciate the time spent taking me through repairs and explaining, in great detail, why and how certain repairs were done. Without a doubt, they have Integrity and trust, at a fair cost.


-Erik W.

I had a great experience with Great Lakes Auto Repair. They are quick but thorough! They are upfront about prices and let you know what needs to be fixed in order of priority. Which I really appreciated. Very nice and professional whenever we spoke, and kept me updated on everything before they performed the work.


-Danielle

These are my go-to people. I will go way out of my way to get here (like 200 miles towed). They are completely honest about everything and have never overcharged anything. They are making a living not a killing. This place is absolutely the best I have ever experienced. They have gone WAY out of their way to ensure that I am taken care of. I can't tell you how comforting it is to have an honest mechanic shop that does great work. I cannot recommend this place enough.


-Thom C.

They were honestly the best and most honest service I have ever had and they took care of all the dealings with the warranty company. The best part is the times were tight it was days before Christmas they made a Huge discount for the labor to give me a break-in the price.they told me exactly what I would need to get the truck back on the road and they also told me were I could save a few bucks they were all around great guys and easy to work with I would recommend them to anyone for your auto needs


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