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(503) 253-1747
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12410 NE Whitaker Way
Portland, OR 97230
Monday-Friday: 7am-5:30pm

Car Care Tips

Car Care Tips in Portland, OR

Serving Your Car Care Needs in Northeast Portland

At AG Automotive, we know how important proper car care can be. In our Northeast Portland shop, we talk to customers all the time about how they can extend the lives of their vehicles. In fact, we have drivers from Portland, Vancouver, and Oregon City come to us whenever they need best in class car care advice!

We know it's frustrating when your car or truck breaks down, so we go the extra mile to ensure that when you come to our auto repair shop, you get the trusted maintenance tips you need to take better care of your vehicle.

Following the recommended maintenance intervals outlined in your owner’s manual is the first step in having a car or truck you can depend on. But when you need repairs, call us.  

Need Repairs or Maintenance? We Can Help. 

When you need better car care in Northeast Portland, let the team at AG Automotive deliver. Your vehicle is your lifeline and if it's in need of repair, we know it can be frustrating. Our trained technicians are knowledgeable and skilled in repairing both gas and diesel vehicles to get you back on the road fast. Our friendly and helpful staff can also assist with routine service appointments like oil changes and tire rotations. When you need new tires or rims, you can trust AG Automotive. 

We're conveniently located in Northeast Portland, near Maywood Park, Argay, INterlachen, and other nearby regions along the Columbia River. Live in Vancouver or Oregon City? We're just a short drive away.  

Keep Your Vehicle at Its Best

In addition to recommended maintenance, it's also important to check for potential problems before they happen. When you bring your vehicle into us for service, we'll take a close look at your car, truck, or SUV to ensure that we catch any problems before they become serious. If needed (and only if absolutely necessary!), we'll work with you on performing the auto repairs

Otherwise, it's our goal to keep your vehicle running - and get you back on the road, hassle-free. 

Follow the car care tips below to keep your vehicle running reliably:

  • Change the oil within the suggested service intervals. Checking and changing your oil and oil filter will help your engine and vehicle run smoothly. While changing your oil as required is important, using the manufacturer’s recommended oil for your vehicle can improve gas mileage by 1-2%.
  • Moving components require regular lubrication and should be checked as often as the oil is changed. Driveline components, like CV and u-joints, are flexible components that, if not properly lubricated, can break down and cause other major components to go with them.
  • Transmission and differential fluid are other important fluids to check during service intervals. Unusual noises, sluggish shifting, or abrupt gear changes are all signs that your transmission service interval is quickly approaching or has passed. For fluid specifications, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommended transmission fluid type and viscosity.
  • Pay attention to battery life. Battery connections should be kept tight, clean, and free of corrosion. Batteries rarely provide warnings before failing, so be sure to seek battery replacements as necessary.
  • Brake fluid can attract moisture, which will corrode components. Brake fluid should be replaced once a year to keep calipers, hoses, and other components in top operating condition. Other important fluids to consider changing on a regular basis include power steering fluid and coolant. Each fluid has its own service interval, so be sure to check with the manufacturer.
  • Fully functioning climate control systems are important to your comfort and your overall safety. A complete flush and fill of the coolant system is necessary for ridding the system of dirt and rust collected from the engine, radiator, and various hoses. Refrigerant may also be checked prior to the onset of warmer seasons.
  • Wheel alignments can realign your wheels to your manufacturer’s specifications. Wheel alignments improve straight-line tracking and reduce tire wear. If you feel unusual pulling to one side, it is time for a wheel alignment.
  • Avoid stop-and-go driving. This wastes fuel and adds unnecessary wear and premature age to crucial components.

By following these tips and the service intervals listed inside your owner’s manual, you can guard against major repairs and unexpected failures. Proper vehicle maintenance can save you money in the long run, and improve your safety and the safety of your passengers, while neglecting suggested services at recommended intervals will void vehicle and parts warranties.

Stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance and visit us today or contact us online when your vehicle needs to be serviced by our professionals.

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