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PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Car Care Aware

Courtesy of the Automotive Service Association

According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. The following simple and inexpensive preventive checks will greatly extend the life of the vehicle, ensure safer operation and even benefit the environment.

Always consult your owner's manual for individual service schedules because maintenance requirements vary by manufacturer.

  • Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
  • Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of the vehicle.
  • Check tire inflation. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
  • Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle's suspension system.
  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.
  • Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights.
  • Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.
  • Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.
  • Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.
Service Interval Schedule:

Vehicle System or Component

Check Monthly

Check Every 3,000 Miles

Automatic Transmission Fluid


Battery and Cables


Belts


Brakes and Brake Fluid


Cabin Air Filter


Chassis Lubrication


Check Engine Light On


Coolant (Antifreeze)


Engine Air Filter


Engine Oil and Filter

Exhaust


Fuel Filter


Hoses


Lights


Power Steering Fluid


Shock Absorbers and Struts


Tire Inflation and Condition


Windshield Washer Fluid


Wiper Blades


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Testimonials

  • I would like to say thank you so much for such great service. Nate was there to help me very promptly, he was helpful, kind and courteous. He quickly and calmly assessed what needed to be done in what was a stressful situation for me. Thank you very much, highly recommended!
    -Heidi C.

  • Bob's is a reliable, well priced service. They are always friendly and communicative about the service work they do on your vehicle. I would absolutely recommend them for any and all car service needs.
    -Kelly R.

  • Great service. Very polite and explained what needed to be done and broke down the costs for me. Both my husband and I have brought our vehicles here for inspections and repairs and we've been happy.
    -Darcy B.

  • Reliable and trusted service operation. Our family has gone to Bobs for years. They have towed us out of a bunch of snow banks and fixed our cars. They do very good work at a very fair price.
    -Nathan M.

  • Had nothing but a wonderful experience at Bob's. Spanky was so helpful in getting both my car and my husband's truck street legal. They were actually recommended to me and I can see why, they're great!
    -Pamela M.

  • Great service & fairly priced. Surprised by a customer comment on this site that you are treated second rate unless you have an expensive car. I have an older vehicle and have gotten top notch service every time!!
    -Melanie H.

  • I know very little about engines so I ask allot of questions, the employee's patiently answered all my questions and NEVER once made me feel like a pain in the butt! Their labor rates are better than most. FINALLY a garage I can trust!
    -Bonni A.

  • Great service! They get the job done right, and at a reasonable price.
    -Martha S.

  • Outstanding customer service. Roger made the experience very easy and hassle free. I really appreciate the help that they gave me and look forward to continuing to do business with them. I highly recommend going here for any auto repair service!
    -Zach W.

  • As always, Bob's Service Center continues to provide outstanding service in a very positive and user-friendly manner. I appreciate the emails to set up appointments and/or appointment reminders. We are all bombarded with emails but this is one I always open and read. Thank you to everyone at Bob's for your commitment to your customers.
    -Gayle O.

  • These guys are the best! I first came to them right before the 4th of July weekend when my truck broke down. They were able to get me back on the road that day for a very reasonable price. They were very nice, informative and made sure I knew what was going on with my truck. I called them today because I noticed a leak and they said to just come by and have them take a look. They are just terrific! HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE IN THE UPPER VALLEY AREA!!!
    -Rachel T. in Hartland, VT

  • AWESOME Nice guys! better than all the rest!
    -Robert D. in White River Junction, VT

  • CAR REPAIR-WHILE ON VACATION IF I EVER BREAK DOWN AGAIN FAR FROM HOME..............I CAN ONLY HOPE IT'S NEXT TO BOB"S. THE PRICE WAS FAIR-THEY DID A GREAT JOB-MOST OF ALL,THEY HAD ME BACK ON MY WAY IN SHORT TIME........
    -George T. in Easthampton, MA

  • terrific service and terrific technicians Thank you for such great service. We were in need a service in a hurry and the guys were terrific. Thank you
    -Gregg F. in White River Junction, VT

  • I've had cars serviced at Bob's for over 20 years. The work has always been done competently, on time and within estimates. These professionals have a great attitude.
    -John J. in Hartford, VT

  • Good service and let me know when my car would be ready so I could continue on with my day.
    -Elaine C. in White River Junction, VT

  • Timely, professional, willing to listen to me, gives cost/benefit analysis - not willing to spend my money unless necessary!
    -Vicky F. in White River Junction, VT

  • struts and shocks A great job! 9 year old van feels great again. Thank you
    -David L. in Wilder, VT

  • Great work, trustworthy guys Bobs got my car in and out quicker than expected. It seemed like a fair price, but they realized that I didn't get enough of a AAA discount. I had no idea but they called me the next day just to let me know they were crediting another $20 to my credit card. I was very impressed. Vehicle:Audi A4
    -Brennan I. in NH

  • Clutch Replacement Excellent service, excellent price. Thanks again, Bob's. Vehicle:Honda Civic
    -Amanda P. in Thetford, VT

  • I have been taking my car to Bob's Service Center for the last 4 years and have always been very happy with their work and customer service. I definitely recommend Bob's for mechanical work and towing.
    -Lisa H. in Hartford, VT

  • Mathew said this business is quick, and reasonably priced.
    - Mathew R. in Lebanon, NH

  • 5 stars Fast, and friendly...I had great service at Bobs. I will definitely be returning in the future. Vehicle:Honda
    -Linsey W. in Norwich, VT

  • Bob's Keeps My Subaru Running Right I recommend Bob's whenever appropriate, to other locals, tourists with car trouble, and hot women looking for guys. I trust you. So, keep up the good work. Vehicle:Subaru Forester
    -Will A. in Hartford, VT

  • Efficient and pleasant Service is always efficient with minimum waits and friendly staff.
    -Howard T. in Hartland, VT

  • The work is always on-time, they do not exceed the estimate and the men are very courteous. Vehicle:Toyota Prius
    -Victor K.

  • The guys at Bob's are great. They did a professional job and their estimate was over the amount paid. I have recommended my neighbor to them and they have scheduled service work on their car also. Thank- you for the good work!!! Vehicle:Ford Pickup
    -Raymond F. in Hartford, VT