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Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat & Sun: Closed

San Diego Location

(619) 304-0815

6267 Riverdale St , San Diego, CA 92120

Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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El Cajon Location

(619) 404-5645

10813 Airport Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020

Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sat & Sun: Closed

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The Importance of Preventive Car Maintenance

Like your home, cars require regular upkeep and special attention. They are significant financial investments that without the proper care will end up costing you more than you originally paid for it. Preventative car maintenance is critical to preserve the condition of your car and avoid costly fixes.

Americans are keeping their vehicles longer than ever now, lasting close to a decade. Most people don’t think to do checkups on their car if it appears to be working fine, but it does make a difference in the longevity and overall wellbeing of your vehicle if you keep up on regular maintenance. It also provides an opportunity for an auto technician to potentially catch a future problem that can be circumvented or at least planned for rather than clobber you with a breakdown and/or a huge auto repair bill. 

It’s important to schedule regular checkups for replacing engine fluids, getting tune-ups (if that is what your car still requires), and oil changes. By doing so, you are potentially preventing a major car repair down the road. 

Additional preventive car maintenance includes aligning wheels, rotating tires, replacing spark plugs, checking on ignition wires and cables, changing air filters and fuel injection. A full checkup will only take less than 2 hours depending on the level of inspection you want. 
If you fail to check on these car functions, you may be faced with expensive repairs like fixing the cylinder or completely replacing the transmission assembly, the camshaft, or the cylinder head. Your car won’t last as long if you consistently wear it down with providing for the proper ongoing maintenance it needs to keep performing at its best.

While the professionals at John's Automotive Care La Mesa can efficiently do a full check up for you, there are some tasks you can do yourself with the right training and information. This can include changing your air filter, replacing windshield wipers, and switching out your spark plugs. We recommend you do ample research ahead of time to ensure safe execution of any auto maintenance procedure. 

Our last tip is to have a family member or friend drive your car to ensure everything feels and sounds right. Often times people can become immune to idiosyncrasies when driving their car on a daily basis. Don’t forget to check out the preventive maintenance services we offer to maintain optimal functionality and continued positive driver experience! Make your appointment today with the team at John's Automotive Care La Mesa. See you soon!


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