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Maintenance Minder

Importance of Automotive Maintenance

Did you know many automotive part manufacturers expect drivers to have maintenance services performed throughout the lifespan of a vehicle? It doesn't matter if you drive a Civic Sedan or other Honda vehicle. When you allow dirt, time, wear, or damage to take their toll on the different parts inside your vehicle, you're asking for trouble that will eventually arrive in the form of a broken down car or non-functioning part. It will not be fun, and it will probably happen when you really need it to not happen.

At Alternative Auto Care, Inc., we know the value of automotive maintenance. Just as your doctor likes you to have a check up to make sure everything is okay with you, your Sedan or other vehicle needs a check up every so often too.

Take a few moments to listen to what your car is telling you when it comes to automotive maintenance. Then, visit us in Thornton, CO to make sure your car is running up to par. Whether you just need an oil change, your tires rotated, or something more, we're here to help. We're not far from Westminster or Broomfield, CO.

Automotive Maintenance in Thornton, CO

When Do I Need Maintenance?

Today's vehicles are pretty smart. If you drive a modern vehicle, you'll receive an alert that you need service in the form of an indicator on your dashboard. The indicator might be a picture (like a flat tire), words (like "oil change"), or both. It is important that you heed the message shortly after it appears to keep your car running correctly. Your vehicle is an investment, after all, and it needs your cooperation to reach its full potential.

Oil Change

An oil change is one of the most common maintenance services that vehicles receive. Different models and makes will inform you when you should change oil. In a Civic Sedan, for example, you can view the current engine oil life by turning the ignition switch to the ON position and pressing the SEL/Reset button repeatedly until the oil life displays for you.

Other Maintenance Items

The following two lists show main and sub maintenance services you should have performed at one point or another during the life of your vehicle.


 Symbol  Maintenance Main Items
  •  Replace engine oil
  •  Replace fuel filter element (low pressure)
  •  Drain fuel filter (high pressure)
  •  Inspect front and rear brakes
  •  Check parking brake adjustment
  •  Inspect these items:
    • Tie rod ends, Steering Gear Box, and Boots 
    • Suspension Components
    • Driveshaft Boots
    • Brake hoses and lines (including ABS)
    • All Fluid Levels and Condition of Fluids
    • Exhaust System
    • Fuel Lines and Connections
 Symbol  Maintenance Sub Items
  •  Rotate tires
  •  Replace air cleaner element
If you drive in dusty conditions, replace ever 15,00 miles (24,000 km)
  •  Replace fuel filter element (high pressure)
If you drive primarily in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and from diesel-powered vehicles, replace ever 15,000 miles (24,000 km).
  •  Inspect drive belt
  •  Inspect valve clearance
  •  Inspect fuel tank
  •  Replace transmission fluid
  •  Replace spark plugs
  •  Replace engine coolant

The team at Alternative Auto Care, Inc. can help you maintain your vehicle. If you have any questions or comments about our services, please let us know. You can talk to us in person, over the phone, or online. You can also read more on automotive maintenance (this is about a Civic Sedan, but much of what it says is appropriate to other vehicles).

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Alternative Auto Care, Inc. in Thornton, CO

Alternative Auto Care, Inc. is your source for complete automotive care. Did your check engine light pop on? Do you need new tires or an oil change? Are you stressing over your vehicle and don't know where to start when it comes to service? Alternative Auto Care, Inc. will take care of your vehicle like one of our own. We offer air conditioning service, timing belts, tires, automotive service, and auto repair for Thornton, CO, Westminster, CO, Broomfield, CO, and surrounding areas. Stop in to our auto repair shop in Thornton, CO for quality service when you need it most or schedule an appointment with us online. We look forward to serving you and your vehicle!

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Address: 12111 Grant Street
Thornton, CO 80241

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