Busted In Bandera: The Maintenance Free MythMay 23rd, 2012
Quality surveys report fewer problems with new Bandera cars than ever before. So does that mean that modern vehicles have become maintenance free?
Back when cars spent more time in Bandera repair shops, TX drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it's much easier to put it off.
Take Bandera tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy driving on TX streets and highways. Now, the ignition system is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as a 100,000 miles/150,000 kilometers. So vehicle tune-ups used to force you in for service, and while you were there, you just took care of whatever else was on the list.
So what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance at Vincent's Automotive? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy. Those benefits pay for the service as you go along. The big plus is that major repairs – and the associated breakdowns – are prevented. And these aren't just repairs that are a long way off. Modern engines are far more sophisticated and have many parts that are in critical need of proper lubrication. Missing just one oil change at Vincent's Automotive can allow oil sludge to start forming. Sludge clogs small engine passages, robbing vehicle parts of the lubrication they need. An expensive failure could easily occur within two or three years.
Taking care of the little things at Vincent's Automotive prevents big problems with your vehicle later. No Bandera motorist wants to be stranded by a breakdown. Your vehicle still needs to be taken care of – it's just that some of those points of care have changed with automotive advancements. The need for proper maintenance at Vincent's Automotive in Bandera did not go away.
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2625 South Highway 16
Bandera, TX 78003