1st Response Mobile Repair offers individualized auto maintenance plans for our customers based on your needs and budget. Please feel freel to call Scott (702) 489-4048 to discuss the specifics.
Air filter, pcv valve and cabin air filter: as needed
Change Transmission filter-30,000 miles, 90,000 and 150,000 miles
A slightly dirty filter actually cleans more efficiently than a brand new filter. That's because the debris trapped by the filter element helps screen out smaller particles that try to get through. But eventually every filter reaches the point where it causes enough of a pressure drop to restrict airflow. Fuel economy, performance and emissions begin to deteriorate and get progressively worse until the dirty filter is replaced.
Standard Superior Interior Cleaning
Interior Windows, Vacuum, Door Jambs Wiped Clean, Dash Instrument Panel ,Middle Console, Vents Cleaned and Dressed, Air Freshner
Standard Exterior Cleaning
Hand Wash Dry, Exterior Windows, Degrease Clean Rims, Armoral Tires
Hand Wash, Dry, Windows, Vacuum, Door Jambs Wiped Clean, Dash Instrument Panel Wiped Clean, Degrease Clean Rims, Armoral Tires, Air Freshner
Hand Wash, Dry, Wax, Windows, Vacuum, Door Jambs Wiped Clean, Dash Instrument Panel, Middle Console, Vents Cleaned and Dressed, Armoral Exterior Panels, Degrease Clean Rims, Armoral Tires, Air Freshner.
Hand Wash, Dry, Wax, Windows, Vacuum, Door Jambs Wiped Clean, Dash Instrument Panel, Middle Console, Vents Cleaned and Dressed, Clean Condition Leather and / Shampoo Upholstery, Shampoo Carpets. All Interior Panels Cleaned and Dressed, Armoral Exterior Panels, Degrease Clean Rims, Armoral Tires, Air Freshner.
If your vehicle is a 1996 or newer model, it comes equipped with an On-Board Diagnostics System (OBD II). This system is designed to catch emissions problems before they become a major concern.
OBD alerts you to conditions that waste fuel, shorten engine life and result in potentially expensive repairs. OBD lets you know your vehicle is contributing to unhealthful air by emitting excess pollutants.
A vehicle will not pass an emissions test when the check engine light is on. If the battery has been disconnected or the trouble codes erased, you will have to drive the vehicle under varying conditions for up to one week before it will pass.A flashing light indicates a severe problem which could damage the catalytic converter.
Auto Maintenance - Change Motor Oil
Every 3,000 miles or 3 months
If you use Mobil One, change Motor Oil every 6 months or 6,000 miles
Change transmission fluid at 60,000, 120,000 and 180,000 miles
Change brake fluid every 50k - 60k miles
Brake fluid flush every 2 years
Power steering fluid every 2 years
Coolant flush every 2 years or 24k miles
Chassis lube every 3,000 miles, assuming there are fittings
Fuel injection is a system for admitting fuel into an internal combustion engine. It has become the primary fuel delivery system used in automotive engines, having replaced carburetors during the 1980s and 1990s. A variety of injection systems have existed since the earliest usage of the internal combustion engine.
The primary difference between carburetors and fuel injection is that fuel injection atomizes the fuel by forcibly pumping it through a small nozzle under high pressure, while a carburetor relies on suction created by intake air rushing through a venturi to draw the fuel into the airstream.
Modern fuel injection systems are designed specifically for the type of fuel being used. Some systems are designed for multiple grades of fuel (using sensors to adapt the tuning for the fuel currently used). Most fuel injection systems are for gasoline or diesel applications.
Check Motor Oil
Motor oil or engine oil is an oil used for lubrication of various internal combustion engines. The main function is to lubricate moving parts; it also cleans, inhibits corrosion, improves sealing, and cools the engine by carrying heat away from moving parts. Motor oils are derived from petroleum-based and non-petroleum-synthesized chemical compounds. Motor oils today are mainly blended by using base oils composed of hydrocarbons, polyalphaolefins (PAO), and polyinternal olefins (PIO), thus organic compounds consisting entirely of carbon and hydrogen. The base oils of some high-performance motor oils however contain up to 20% by weight of esters.
Check Brake Fluid
Check Power Steering Fluid
Check Windshield Wiper Fluid
Tire balance, also referred to as tire unbalance or imbalance, describes the distribution of mass within an automobile tire or the entire wheel to which it is attached. When the wheel rotates, asymmetries of mass may cause it to hop or wobble, which can cause ride disturbances, usually vertical and lateral vibrations. It can also result in a wobbling of the steering wheel or of the entire vehicle. The ride disturbance, due to unbalance, usually increases with speed. Vehicle suspensions can become excited by unbalance forces when the speed of the wheel reaches a point that its rotating frequency equals the suspension’s resonant frequency.
Tires are inspected in factories and repair shops by two methods: static balancers and dynamic balancers. Tires with high unbalance forces are downgraded or rejected. When tires are fitted to wheels at the point of sale, they are measured again on a balancing machine, and correction weights are applied to counteract the combined effect of the tire and wheel unbalance. After sale, tires may be rebalanced if driver perceives excessive vibration.
A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure inside the pneumatic tires on various types of vehicles. TPMS report real-time tire-pressure information to the driver of the vehicle, either via a gauge, a pictogram display, or a simple low-pressure warning light. TPMS can be divided into two different types — direct (dTPMS) and indirect (iTPMS). TPMS are provided both at an OEM (factory) level as well as an aftermarket solution.
By design, the weight on the front and rear axles differs which causes uneven wear. With the majority of cars being front-engine cars, the front axle typically bears more of the weight. For rear wheel drive vehicles, the weight distribution between front and back approaches 50:50. Front wheel drive vehicles also have the differential in front, adding to the weight, with a typical weight distribution of no better than 60:40. This means, all else being equal, the front tires wear out at almost twice the rate of the rear wheels, especially when factoring the additional stress that braking puts on the front tires. Thus, tire rotation needs to occur more frequently for front-wheel drive vehicles.
In addition, mechanical problems in the vehicle may cause uneven tire wear. The wheels need to be aligned with each other and the vehicle. The wheel that is out of alignment will tend to be dragged along by the other wheels, causing uneven wear in that tire. If the alignment is such that the vehicle tends to turn, the driver will correct by steering against the tendency. In effect the vehicle is constantly turning, causing uneven tire wear. Also, if a tire is under or over-inflated, it will wear differently than the other tires on the vehicle. Rotating will not help in this case and the inflation needs to be corrected.
Car manufacturers will recommend tire rotation frequency and pattern. Depending on the specifics of the vehicle, tire rotation may be recommended every 8,000 km (5,000 mi) . The rotation pattern is typically moving the back wheels to the front, and the front to the back, but crossing them when moving to the back. If the tires are unidirectional, the rotation can only be rotated front to back on the same side of the vehicle to preserve the rotational direction of the tires. Most unidirectional tires can be moved from side to side if they are remounted; tires with asymmetric rims are a rare exception.
In the internal combustion engine application, the timing belt / chain connects the crankshaft to the camshaft(s), which in turn controls the opening and closing of the engine's valves. A four-stroke engine requires that the valves open and close once every other revolution of the crankshaft. The timing belt/chain does this. It has teeth to turn the camshaft(s) synchronised with the crankshaft, and is specifically designed for a particular engine. In some engine designs, the timing belt may also be used to drive other engine components such as the water pump and oil pump.
Gear or chain systems are also used to connect the crankshaft to the camshaft at the correct timing. However, gears and shafts constrain the relative location of the crankshaft and camshafts. Even where the crankshaft and camshaft(s) are very close together, as in pushrod engines, most engine designers use a short chain drive rather than a direct gear drive. This is because gear drives suffer from frequent torque reversal as the cam profiles "kick back" against the drive from the crank, leading to excessive noise and wear. Fibre gears, with more resilience, are preferred to steel gears where direct drive has to be used. Even though the "official" purpose of fiber or nylon gears may be to deal with "kickback", a fiber or nylon cam gear is cheaper to produce. Steel gears almost never fail. The cam lobes wear out long before the gears do. Most large truck and industrial diesel engines have steel gears, and they go 300,000 to 500,000 miles without gears failing. In fact, usually the only time a direct gear cam drive setup will fail is when the cam gear is nylon or fiber.
A belt or chain allows much more flexibility in the relative locations of the crankshaft and camshafts.
While chains and gears may be more durable, rubber composite belts are quieter in their operation (in most modern engines the noise difference is negligible), are less expensive and more efficient, by dint of being lighter, when compared with a gear or chain system. Also, timing belts do not require lubrication, which is essential with a timing chain or gears. A timing belt is a specific application of a synchronous belt used to transmit rotational power synchronously. Timing belts are typically covered by metal or polymer timing belt covers which require removal for inspection or replacement. Engine manufacturers recommend replacement at specific intervals. The manufacturer may also recommend the replacement of other parts, such as the water pump, when the timing belt is replaced because the additional cost to replace the water pump is negligible compared to the cost of accessing the timing belt. In an interference engine, or one whose valves extend into the path of the piston, failure of the timing belt (or timing chain) invariably results in costly and, in some cases, irreparable engine damage, as some valves will be held open when they should not be and thus will be struck by the pistons. Indicators that the timing chain may need to be replaced include a rattling noise from the front of the engine.
Engine tuning (Tune-Up) is the adjustment, modification or design of internal combustion engines to yield optimal performance, to increase an engine's power output, economy, or durability.
A tune-up usually refers to the routine servicing of the engine to meet the manufacturer's specifications. Tune-ups are needed periodically as according to the manufacturer's recommendations to ensure an automobile runs as expected. Modern vehicles now typically require only a few tune-ups over the course of an approximate 250,000-kilometre (160,000 mi) or a 10-year lifespan. Tune-ups may include the following:
Re-fastening of cylinder head bolts
Adjustment of the carburetor idle speed and the air-fuel mixture
Inspection and possible replacement of ignition system components like spark plugs, contact breaker points, distributor cap and distributor rotor
Replacement of the air filter and other filters
Inspection of emission controls
Modern engines are equipped with an engine management system (EMS) which can be modified to different settings, producing different performance levels. Manufacturers often produce a few engines which are used in a wider range of models and platforms, and this allows the manufacturers to sell cars in various markets with different regulations without having to spend money developing and designing different engines to fit these regulations. This also allows for a single engine to be used by different brands, tuned to suit their particular market.
Wheel alignment sometimes referred to as tracking, is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car maker's specification. The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tire wear, and to ensure that vehicle travel is straight and true (without "pulling" to one side). Alignment angles can also be altered beyond the maker's specifications to obtain a specific handling characteristic. Motorsport and off-road applications may call for angles to be adjusted well beyond "normal" for a variety of reasons.
Everybody talks about scheduling auto maintenance which is very important! What many people don't talk about, or even think about, is the cost of doing NOTHING!
From vehicle inspections and factory scheduled maintenance to oil changes and tune-ups, we handle all types of maintenance. With our mobile services, we offer you the convenience of these options being performed at the time you specify wherever your car is sitting, including you own driveway.