St.Mary's Auto Repair Services
St.Mary's AAMCO Factory Recommended Maintenance
Automotive manufacturers know that a well maintained automobile, truck or SUV increases owner’s satisfaction because the automobile is more dependable and will last longer. That’s why the manufacturer (“factory”) creates detailed maintenance schedules outlining specific operations to be performed on various components and systems. This is done at different mileage intervals to ensure proper operation and prevent premature wear.
Your automobile’s manufacturer also indicates which services are required to maintain the factory warranty and extended warranty. But did you know that this scheduled maintenance does not need to be performed by a dealership? your local St.Mary's AAMCO auto repair shop can provide all of your automobile’s needs specified in the owner’s manual. Our skilled mechanics perform a wide range of services, making St.Mary's AAMCO your one-stop shop for all of your automobile’s repairs and maintenance.
Air Filtration Replacement Service
Clean air is better. A clean air filter helps your automobile, truck or SUV perform better.
A typical Air Filtration Replacement Service at St.Mary's AAMCO includes:
- Replacement of the air filter, to improve gas mileage, engine performance, and acceleration.
- Replacement of the breather element, if needed, to help keep contaminants out of the engine oil.
- Replacement of the PCV Valve, if needed, to reduce fumes, air pollution and wear on engine parts.
Automatic Transmission Fluid Services
St.Mary's AAMCO auto repair shops are the mechanics in the automobile and maintenance of your automobile, truck or SUV’s transmission. St.Mary's AAMCO auto repair shops offer the following transmission fluid services—click on any for more information
Power Purge Plus Transmission Flush & Filter Change
Power Purge Transmission Flush
Safeguard Fluid & Filter Change
Battery Maintenance Services
A well-maintained battery gives you peace of mind, whether you’re out on the road or the weather turns cold. Does your battery keep running down? Does it start slowly? Or does the temperature impact how well your automobile starts? It takes an expert to diagnose the starting and charging systems in your automobile. Take your automobile, truck or SUV to St.Mary's AAMCO for a starting and charging system diagnosis and our free St.Mary's AAMCO 36-point ProtectCheck.
A St.Mary's AAMCO mechanic will inspect the battery connections, the hardware, the condition of the case, the electrolyte level (where applicable), and the battery load (its ability to perform its function). The mechanic inspects the alternator belts, brackets and connections, and tests voltage and current. Finally, the starter is inspected for proper connections and mounting, and is tested to see how much electrical power is required to turn over the engine when the engine is cranked.
Based on this expert diagnosis, your St.Mary's AAMCO center will recommend the service that’s right for you and replace only the needed components. Unlike other components in your automobile or truck, the battery does not give warning signs when it is near failure. A battery aged three or more years is a good candidate for replacement. Please refer to your owners manual for factory recommended maintenance intervals for your specific automobile.
Brake System Fluid Service
Many mechanics recommend replacing the fluid as a preventive maintenance service every two years or 24,000 miles. That’s because brake fluids absorb moisture over time, which could mean your brakes perform less well when you need them the most—during hard braking.
The brake fluid level should be checked by a Jacksonville AAMCO mechanic periodically, preferably with every oil change. Check your owners manual to determine the recommended interval for changing the brake fluid, or bring your automobile to Jacksonville AAMCO to have a complete brake inspection. You’ll also get the St.Mary's AAMCO 36-Step ProtectCheck Inspection to ensure all of the major systems in your automobile are in good working order.
Cabin Air Filter Service
You can breathe cleaner air in your automobile, truck or SUV by regularly changing the cabin air filter. In a compact area like a automobile interior, there can be high concentrations of dust, pollen and bacteria, which can affect the health of the driver and/or passengers by aggravating allergies.
Fortunately, a large number of automobiles now have a cabin air filter to clean incoming air. Cabin air filters are electro-statically charged, and work like a magnet to collect pollutants as they try to enter and move through your automobile.
Please refer to your owners manual for factory recommended maintenance intervals for your specific automobile. Or, St.Mary's AAMCO auto repair shops can print out your recommended maintenance intervals. It should be noted however, that cabin air filter replacement is not always noted in the owner’s manual, so a rule of thumb is replacement about every 15,000 miles.
Cooling System Service
Did you know that the cooling system and its overheating is the most common cause of mechanical breakdowns on the road? And that overheating can cause severe damage to the engine and the transmission?
Coolant (also termed anti-freeze) protects your engine from overheating and from freezing. The coolant’s effectiveness can diminish over time and lose many of its protective properties—even causing your radiator to rust and corrode. The cooling system itself can get clogged with built-up deposits from oil, grease, scale, hose decomposition, and other materials.
Coolant/antifreeze manufacturers recommend changing the coolant fluid once a year, and some service manuals stipulate flushing and refilling the radiator every 24 months, regardless of mileage. Check your automobile's owner manual, or come to St.Mary's AAMCO where we can give you information on the recommended interval for changing the coolant in your automobile. A good rule of thumb is to change the fluid every 24 months (at minimum), or if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Your automobile overheats
- Your coolant or temperature light comes on
- Your temperature gauge reads higher or lower than normal
- Your heater does not work