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Service Max
(406) 727-0380, 001-2004
4100 - 10th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Windshield Chip Repair
(406) 727-2225
220 36th Avenue Northeast
Great Falls, MT
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Napa Auto Parts of Great Falls
(406) 452-9567
326 Central Ave W
Great Falls, MT
Services
Auto Parts

Central Glass and Paint
(406) 727-9400
4508 Kestrel Court
Great Falls, MT
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Franz Auto Machine Shop
(406) 727-3016
1417 1st Avenue Southwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Engine Repair

Electric City Brake & Alignment
(406) 761-2852
500 8th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Services
Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Parts Retail, Tractor Equipment & Parts Dealers, Plumbing Service & Repair, Auto Alignment Frames & Axles Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays
Products
alignment, Commercial Industrial, Parts Available, Electric Brake Controllers,

Pro Lube
(406) 452-8336
1500 3rd Street Northwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Inland Truck Parts
(406) 453-2105
1208 25th Avenue Southwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Clutch Repair

Bjarko Manufacturing
(406) 761-4676
4804 53rd Avenue Southwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Fabrication and Restoration

3rd Street Northwest RV STRG
(406) 452-2652
1325 3rd Street Northwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
RV and Camper Repair

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Regular Maintenance is Good for Your Car's Health and its Warranty

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Regular Maintenance is Good for Your Car's Health and its Warranty

Today's family automobile is a sophisticated, computer controlled machine that requires less care, and is more dependable than its predecessors. But to keep your car running efficiently, regularly scheduled maintenance is key to reliable performance, and can mean savings down the road. Without regular maintenance, the life of a car is shortened, and may void its warranty.

A five-point preventive maintenance program is recommended to keep your car running smoothly:

  • Oil Change: Unless you drive mostly highway miles, today's engines will run better and last longer with clean oil every 3,000 miles, or three months, including a filter change. A $30 (US) oil change now can save costly engine repairs later.

  • Brakes: An unusual noise or a gentle tug on the steering wheel when stopping are common warning signs that it's time to check the brakes. A good rule of thumb is to check the brakes at the 6,000- to 7,500-mile mark, when tires should be rotated.

  • Coolant System: Thoroughly flush the coolant system and replace with the appropriate antifreeze at least every two years to minimize metal deterioration and to keep the system flowing. Be sure to use the correct water-to-coolant mix. Check the coolant reservoir monthly (and the windshield washer reservoir, too) and top off as needed.

  • Battery: As part of regular car maintenance, ask the technician to make sure the battery cover is in place and the battery is firmly anchored. Most important, clean the battery of corrosion, especially the electrical posts.

  • Check-Engine Light: An illuminated check-engine light on the dashboard is the car's early warning system indicating that something is wrong. It could be as simple as a loose gas cap or spark plug wire, or a serious forewarning of...

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

By Sandra Kinsler   

Now that winter is almost a memory, millions of Americans will take to the roads to enjoy the warmer weather. Spring is the perfect time of year to make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming travel season.

Whether you're driving across the country or driving across town, check the following vehicle components before embarking on your next trip:

Exterior:
  • Wiper blades play an extremely important role in increasing visibility. Replace every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.
  • Check the tires. A simple test to check tire tread depth is to insert a penny into the tread of the tire. If the top of Lincoln's head sticks out, your tires are starting to show signs of wear and should be replaced. Also check the tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, which could indicate the need for a wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.
  • Give your car a good washing from top to bottom. Use a product specifically made for automobiles. Always clean the tires and wheels before washing the body, and don't use the same mitt for both. Make sure to give the underbody of the vehicle a good washing as well to remove salt, sand and dirt that causes corrosion.
  • If you find minor paint damage, cover the paint chips as quickly as possible. For a quick fix until you can get some touchup supplies, dab a little clear nail polish on the scratch.
  • Spring is an excellent time for waxing, which not only protects the finish but also makes subsequent washing easier. Before proceeding, make sure that the vehicle's surface is very clean, so that the finish does not get scratched.
Under the Hood:
  • A good rule of thumb is that a change of season equals a change of oil. Changing your car's oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first, will ensure that your car operates at peak efficiency. Changing oil regularly is the single most important thing that can be done to extend the life of your vehicle and keep it running smoothly.
  • Get a tune-up if necessary. Tune-ups on modern vehicles should include the following systems: battery, charging and starting, engine mechanical, powertrain control - including onboard diagnostic check, - fuel, ignition and emissions.
  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids that require attention, including engine oil, power steering fluid, brake and transmission fluids, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. The antifreeze/coolant should be refreshed every two years.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps that appear to be in marginal condition may need to be replaced.
Under the Vehicle:
  • Spring is a good time to check the entire brake system, including brake linings, rotors and drums.
  • Check the shocks or struts for s...

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