The key to ensuring that your car will continue running safely and at optimal performance is regular maintenance. An automobile is essentially a complex system of hundreds of parts all working together. Inspecting and replacing those parts on a regular schedule is the only way to make sure your car runs like a dream.

But what sorts of services should you expect your mechanic or NYC car wash and lube service center to perform during periodic tune-ups? Knowing exactly what to look for before you pay a visit is a great way to make sure your car gets the service it needs. Checking, changing and adding fluids like transmission oil, engine oil, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid, are all recommended. But in general, regular car maintenance can include a combination of the following: a full bottle oil chance; a full synthetic oil change; a transmission service package; transmission oil exchange and flush; adding manual transmission fluid; a transmission oil treatment and conditioner; an anti-rust radiator treatment; flushing your engine oil system; cleaning your fuel injection and emission system; flushing and refilling radiator fluids; flushing and refilling power steering fluid; and replacing air filters.

Many mechanics and car centers are also now offering something called a 15-point check-up, which basically checks 15 different places where your car’s fluids or parts may need to be replaced or refilled. This type of 15-point system ensures that no part of your car is overlooked. The points—or steps—often include:
• Adding Up To 5 QTS. Of Oil
• Adding A High Quality Oil Filter
• Performing A Complete Chassis Lubrication
• Checking Your Coolant Fluid
• Checking Your Transmission Fluid
• Checking Your Differential Fluid
• Checking Your Power Steering Fluid
• Checking Your Battery Fluid
• Checking Your Windshield Washer Fluid
• Changing Your Air Filter And Checking The Emission System
• Checking Your Tire Pressure
• Evaluating Your Door Hinges
• Checking Wiper Blades And Replacing If Necessary
• Replacing Brake Fluid
• And Checking And Replacing Your Lights If Needed.

As you can see, getting this 15-point system check periodically is like asking your mechanic to go over your car with a fine-toothed comb and will go a long way to ensuring your car’s longevity and to keep it purring like a dream.

Of course not all these services need to be provided at the same interval. So a good idea is to have this 15-point service performed once a year, then to follow up with periodic oil and other fluid changes at the appropriate intervals. In general, most cars need the following replaced at the following intervals:
• Get Your Engine Oil And Oil Filter Changed Every 3 Months Or 3,000 Miles; 
• Change Your Automatic Transmission Fluid, Air Filter And Air Breather Every 12 Months Or 15,000 Miles;
• Change Your Manual Transmission Fluid And Radiator Fluid Every 24 Months Or 24,000 Miles; 
• Change Your Differential Fluid Every 18 Months Or 25,000 Miles; 
• And Get A Fuel Injectors System Service Every 10 Months Or 10,000 Miles.

For those driving extraordinary distances or in severe weather, you may need to come in more often to keep your car running optimally. The truth is that whatever the make or model of you car—every machine on the road need proper care to deliver years of reliable transportation. This is why bringing your car in to a center you trust for these periodic checks, fluid refillings and part replacements is the best thing you can do to make sure your baby is running at optimal performance. 

The good news is that NYC’s Broadway Wash & Lube now offer these system checks in conjunction with car washing and detailing services—all at a fair price and with a quick turnaround time. So come down today for a diagnostic and treat your car the way she was meant to be treated; she’ll soon be returning the favor for the next 100,000 miles.