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THE BENEFITS OF FLEET PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

If you own a vehicle fleet, one of the best things you can do to maximize vehicle availability is to perform Preventative Maintenance. Unfortunately, some companies have the misunderstanding of the value of preventive maintenance and think that it costs more that reactive maintenance. The truth is reactive maintenance (maintenance performed after a breakdown) tends to be more costly. Fleet Preventative Maintenance can reduce these costly repairs by catching problems while they are small and able to be repaired, rather than completely broken. BENEFITS OF FLEET PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE Consisting of scheduled services, inspections and repairs, Fleet Preventative Maintenance will help extend the life of your fleet. However, management of the process, procedures and schedule is critical. By creating a plan based on time, mileage, engine hours or ga ... read more

FLEET PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Owning and operating a vehicle fleet can be a difficult task, and an expensive one if not properly managed. Fleet preventative maintenance is critical to maximize vehicle availability for the highest profitability for the business. Companies with fleet vehicles quickly learn how much money can be wasted on reactive maintenance- that is, maintenance that addresses only breakdowns- rather than preventative maintenance which helps prevent big problems. Fleet Preventative Maintenance is simply scheduled services based on fleet mileage, periodic time tables or other criteria. Benefits of regular repairs, inspections and services performed in a fleet preventative maintenance plan include: Longer fleet life Better fleet performance Lower likelihood of large mechanical failure Lower chance of fleet vehicle down time Reduced ... read more

TIRE SAFETY CARE TIPS

Tires are what keep us connected safely to the road, and are not something to be neglected. A regular inspection of your tires will help keep you safe by catching potential problems before they become big ones that leave you stranded. This checklist will help you learn how to know if your tires are unhealthy, and what to look for to resolve the problem quickly. AIR PRESSURE CHECK About once a month, use a tire air pressure gauge to check your tires, before they have been driven or at least three hours after. Your own pressure gauge, as opposed to a public, gas station gauge, will be more accurate. Low tire pressure can lessen your gas mileage. The maximum operating pressure is imprinted on the sidewall of the tire, and is determined by the tire manufacturer. Use the proper inflation as recommended by your vehicle per your owner’s manual. If you don’t have the manual, you can order one online ... read more

IS IT IMPORTANT TO REPLACE MY TIMING BELT?

DO I REALLY NEED TO REPLACE MY TIMING BELT? Yes, timing belts really do need to be replaced. In fact, they are critical for your engine’s function. HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO REPLACE MY TIMING BELT? It depends on your manufacturer’s recommendation, which can be found online by model or in your owner’s manual. Overall, we see the need about every 60-110,000 miles. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REPLACE MY TIMING BELT? It will again depend on the make and model. A good tool to discover the answer for your model and location is RepairPal.com. It is important to know they only provide a general estimate and Airport Automotive will give you a true cost once we see the vehicle. Additionally, other parts may have been effected, or could benefit from repair or replacement that are near the timing belt, such as the water pump, pistons and/or valves. Because it isn’t recommended to reinstall an old timing belt, it ... read more

IS YOUR CAR READY FOR A ROAD TRIP?

The weather is slowly warming into spring… and April’s showers don’t just bring May flowers, they also stir up our plans for our spring and summer road trips!Is your car ready? There are a few things that we recommend you get checked before you take that cross country haul. After all, we don’t want you towed into a mechanic shop- especially one where you don’t have a relationship with them or don’t know their ethics. We don’t want you and your family broken down on the side of the road, waiting for salvation in an area that may be unsafe or remote. That’s why we suggest an inspection at Airport Automotive to get your car ready for a road trip. This quick inspection includes: Checking your timing belt. If it is within the recommended service time, we will check it. A snapped timing belt is a surefire way to ruin your vacation. An engine that doesn’t work isn’t going to get you very far. Check your ... read more

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