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Air Filters
Most air filters should be replaced at least every 15,000 miles, depending upon driving conditions.
The air filter traps dirt particles, which can cause damage to engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings. It plays a role in keeping contaminates off the airflow sensor in fuel injected cars, which reduces excessive engine wear and improves fuel economy.
A clean air filter will help:
  • Improve gas mileage and engine performance.
  • Protect the life of the car engine by filtering out dust, contaminants and foreign objects.
Cabin Air Filters
Manufacturer guidelines vary, but cabin air filters should be replaced at least every 15,000 miles or every 12 months to maintain their effectiveness.
Did you know the vehicles in front of you create an “exhaust gas tunnel” which can cause the concentration of unfiltered pollutants inside your car to be more than six times higher than the air outside your car? 

Cabin air filters clean the air that you breathe inside your car and can remove most airborne particles as small as two microns that circulate into your car through the heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
Cooling System
Check the condition of the radiator coolant at least every spring and fall to make sure the additive that protect against corrosion still function.
The engine cooling system affects your car’s overall dependability and engine longevity. The key parts of the cooling system remove heat from the engine and transmission. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine. The coolant absorbs heat and returns it to the radiator where heat is dissipated. The thermostat regulates the coolant temperature to keep it consistent for efficient engine operation.
Your car’s cooling system consists of:
  • Belts
  • Coolant Reservoir
  • Cooling Fan
  • Heater core
  • Hoses
  • Radiator
  • Thermostat
  • Water Pump
Wiper Blades
Wiper blade manufacturers recommend replacing wipers twice a year. (Don’t forget the rear wipers, too.)
Most wiper blades are made of rubber that begins to deteriorate as soon as they’re installed and exposed to elements like heat, cold, rain, dust and pollen. This exposure eventually breaks down the wiper blades’ ability to keep your windshield clean and streak free.
Here are ways to check your wipers:
  • Raise the wiper arm and inspect the part of the rubber that contact the window. Look for wear, cracking or brittleness on the edge of the blade.
  • Turn your wipers on and apply washer fluid. If the blades are good, they should remove all the fluid. If the blades need replacing, they’ll spread the fluid across the windshield surface and not remove it, or miss areas entirely.
When replacing your wipers, it’s a good time to replenish your windshield wiper fluid.
Gearbox and Differential
Gearbox and differential fluids should be replaced according to your manufacturer’s recommendations. Many manufacturer’s recommend that this fluid be changed every 30,000 miles.
Gearbox and differential fluids lubricate bearings and gears to allow smooth and easy movement. If the fluid is low or worn out, it could cause premature wear or failure of the gearbox.
Battery and Cables
If the battery is three years old or more, it should be tested and replaced if necessary.
The battery stores electrical energy and is needed to start and run your vehicle. It needs to be inspected at least every three to six months to ensure it’s at peak operational conditions.
Battery Cables: 
Cables need to be checked for fraying, cracked or loose connections. They must also be kept clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Most manufacturers suggest servicing your transmission every 25,000 miles. (Check your owner’s manual for specific service intervals.)
The transmission works with the engine to provide power to your car’s wheels. It keeps the engine’s output optimally matched to the speed and load conditions. Transmission fluid serves a multitude of purposes. It cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force, inhibits varnish buildup and continually protects the transmission.

Changing your transmission fluid is like changing your motor oil. The fluid wears out and needs to be changed to prevent the breakdown of the transmission.
It’s recommended to replace the filter and gasket when having you transmission serviced.
Brake System
Your car’s brake system is the most critical safety system, and you should check it immediately if you suspect any problems.
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need replacement. They should be checked every three months.
Braking system includes:
  • ABS modular/wheel speed sensors
  • Bearings, Seals or Hub Units
  • Brake Calipers (disc brakes)
  • Hydraulic Lines and Hoses
  • Master Cylinder
  • Pads
  • Rotors
  • Shoes
  • Wheel Cylinders (drum brakes)
Common brake warning signs:
  • Car makes a squealing or grinding noise when applying the brakes.
  • Brake pedal goes down too far or pedal pulsates when you apply the brakes.
  • Brake pedal feels soft or spongy.
  • Repeated need to add brake fluid to the master cylinder.
Motor Oil and Filter
Change your motor’s oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Some cars may allow for more miles.
Critical parts of you engine are lubricated, cleaned and cooled by your car’s oil and filter. Over time, your motor’s oil will break down and lose lubrication abilities. Periodic oil and filter changes keep your engine clean on the inside. Dust, metallic shavings, condensation and even antifreeze can contaminate motor oil.
For even better protection for your vehicle, try these superior Parts Master motor oil products. 
Belts and Hoses
Belts and hoses should be inspected about once a month.
Look for frayed, worn, glazed or cracked belts. Most cars today have only one belt that controls all systems (fan, alternator, water, pump, power steering, air conditioning, etc.)

Most auto manufacturers recommend replacing the belts approximately every 30,000 to 50,000 miles or if a belt has more than 10 cracks in a one-inch section of the belt. A trained technician can usually install most new belts on most cars in about an hour. 
You should look for swelling, softness or cracking. Inspecting hoses could potentially be dangerous if the motor is at operating temperature. Ask one of our professionals to inspect your hoses today.

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Io Motors
2852 Soquel Ave Ste A
​Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 479-4777 
Fax: (831) 479-9250 
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Mon-Fri: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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