Oil change

The Importance of Regular Oil Changes

We always hear about how important regular oil changes are for our vehicles, but we’ve all probably waited a little too long to get an oil change at least once or twice. With busy schedules, it’s all too easy to prioritize other tasks over getting our car’s oil changed. However, it’s important to understand exactly what happens to your car when you don’t get regular oil changes.

Why Do We Have to Get Oil Changes?

Your engine’s oil needs to be changed for several reasons. First, due to its high operating temperatures, engine oil undergoes thermal breakdown. When this happens, the oil can’t function well as a lubricant. Effective lubricants are necessary for vehicles because, without them, parts of the engine rub together and can wear out over time.

In addition, your vehicle’s engine oil gets contaminated over time. Oil serves an important purpose in your car: it cools the engine, cleans, seals, and lubricates. When the oil is dirty and old from constantly flushing the engine out, it becomes unable to function properly.

Finally, we have to change the oil because our vehicles burn it up over time. If you wait too long to change the oil, it is possible for your car to burn up all the oil resulting in engine damage.

What Happens When You Delay Oil Changes?

If you don’t keep up with regular oil changes, your engine won’t last as long as it could. Because oil serves many essential functions in your car, you must change the oil to keep it clean and working effectively. Not changing your vehicle’s oil puts additional strain on your engine and can cause long-term damage. Although you may not experience any immediate problems, it’s important to know that not changing your oil regularly ultimately results in long-term damage to your engine.

Getting an oil change is a simple and inexpensive component of vehicle maintenance that protects you against having to spend thousands of dollars later to repair your engine. According to AutoMD, the number one mistake car owners make is neglecting their fluids and not doing simple preventative maintenance like oil changes.

How Often Does My Car Need an Oil Change?

How often you need to get your car’s oil changed depends on a variety of factors including how often you drive and the typical driving conditions (i.e. weather). When deciding when to schedule your oil change, it is best to check your owner’s manual, which will provide recommendations from the manufacturer. Mileage numbers from manufacturers can range anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 miles. National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers usually suggests getting an oil and filter change around the 5,000-mile range.

Your Palm Beach County Auto Care Professionals

Our team of skilled technicians at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers is here to assist you with all your car maintenance needs, from repairs to preventative maintenance. To make things a little easier for you, we also offer free vehicle pickup and delivery. If you have any questions about our services, contact us today.

West Palm Beach Center: 561-530-4497
Boynton Beach Center: 561-737-7551 (3rd St.)
561-737-6073 (Congress Ave.)

winter car maintenance tips

How to Get Your Car Winter Ready

Winter is almost here which means, like most people, you’re probably preparing to spend the holidays with your loved ones. For most of us, that means traveling by car.

While most modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, winter’s unpredictable weather conditions present several safety concerns. So, before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is winter-ready with these winter auto care tips from the experts at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers.

Check Your Battery

A dead battery is the most common cause of auto breakdowns. Be sure to get your battery checked by a professional so your holiday travels aren’t suddenly interrupted by a faulty battery.

Due to the change in temperature, your vehicle’s ability to accept a charge decreases, so the battery doesn’t recharge as quickly as you drive. Seat heaters, lights, defrosters, car heaters, and windshield wipers are used more frequently during the winter season, also causing your battery to work harder.

Ensure that your battery is working properly by making sure you have enough charge left in your battery before you depart for vacation. You can do this at home by using nationa voltmeter, or your local mechanic can run a battery test and check your battery fluid for you.

Replace or Refill Fluids

If you are traveling up north during the holiday season, it is wise to check all of your car’s fluid levels including:

  • Coolant- make sure you have the correct antifreeze/water ratio to keep fluid from freezing in your radiator.
  • Oil- if you will be visiting a state where temperatures are below freezing, speak with your mechanic about switching to a thinner oil.
  • Wiper fluid- keep your windshield clear by keeping your windshield wiper fluid level full. For best results, use freeze resistant wiper fluid.

Consider Your Tire Pressure and Tread

Don’t forget about your tires! Air contracts as it cools, meaning tire pressure changes with fluctuations in temperature. As a general rule, your tire pressure will drop one to two PSI for every ten-degree decrease in temperature.

Avoid safety issues due to under inflated tires. Proper tire pressure will also help you achieve the ultimate gas mileage, performance, and traction for your vehicle. Refer to your vehicle’s manual to find the correct tire pressure information for your car and check your PSI in the mornings for the most accurate reading.

Your Palm Beach County Auto Care Professionals

Is your car ready for your upcoming winter travels? Prepare your vehicle for cold temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions with an auto tune up from National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers.

Our team of skilled technicians are here to assist you with all your car maintenance needs, from vehicle repairs to preventative maintenance. Call National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers today and discover what our repair and maintenance services can do for you, or visit one of our three locations across Palm Beach County.

Have questions? Need repair? Give us a call or and ask about our free tow-ins and other specials!

West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497

Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551
(561) 737-6073

car maintenance

Maintenance Mistakes That Could Be Ruining Your Car

car maintenanceOwning a car is a big part of the American Dream, and whether that dream is a nightmare depends on how well you take care of your car.

Many motorists are ruining their cars without even realizing it. This month, National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers uncovered six common car maintenance mistakes to avoid. Read on to find out!

Mistake #1: Ignoring Your Check Engine Light

That illuminated check engine light is the bane of a driver’s existence. Ignoring that little light could lead to some serious issues and costly repairs down the road.

Even if the problem isn’t immediately threatening, you’ll want to pay attention. That light still indicates a problem that could affect your vehicle’s performance. We recommended bringing your car to a professional mechanic to check it out as soon as possible.

Mistake #2: Your Car is Dirty

Going too long without a good washing leads to a buildup of chemicals and dirt, which are damaging to your car’s paint job. Once the outer surface erodes, the car is susceptible to rusting, which will interfere with its structural integrity.

Dirt buildup on your windshield and windows impairs much needed visibility and could lead to an accident. Save yourself the headache by washing your car and keeping it free of debris.

Mistake #3: Not Following a Service Schedule

Many car parts and components wear out or break down over time. Vehicles need to be routinely serviced to keep them performing at optimal efficiency.

Routine inspections and timely repairs will keep your car running and help avoid more costly repairs in the future.

Mistake #4: Neglecting Your Tires

Practicing proper tire maintenance is more important than you think. Check your vehicle’s tires regularly for inflation and tread depth. Under-inflated tires wear out much faster and need more frequent replacements.

Failing to main your car’s tires also impact safety, gas mileage, and performance, among other costly factors.

Mistake #5: Failing to Change Fluids and Filters

A healthy car requires several different fluids to operate. Vehicle systems and components need fluids and filters to be as clean as possible to function properly. Everything from oil to windshield wiper fluid plays an important part in proper vehicle maintenance.

Make sure to check fluids and filters to keep your vehicle running for years to come.

Mistake #6: Being an Aggressive Driver

It can be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. Between rough roads and weather, you’re going to find yourself driving in harsh conditions at some point down the line.

With that said, you can still take steps to mitigate any damage caused. Drive smart and improve your vehicle’s lifespan by following these essential steps for safe driving:

• Observe the speed limit to avoid straining your engine and other components.
• Avoid aggressive driving, quick starts, and quick stops.
• Don’t haul unnecessary items and keep your vehicle properly tuned.

Quality Auto Care and Maintenance in Palm Beach County

Car maintenance requires time and money, but neglecting to maintain your car can lead to bigger and more expensive problems in the future. Keep your car running smoothly for years to come with National Transmissions and Auto Care Center’s professional auto repair and maintenance solutions.

Call National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers today and let our skilled technicians help you sort out all your car maintenance concerns. They’ve been certified by both Automotive Service Excellence and Automatic Transmission Service Group, the two premier certification groups in the automotive repair field. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your vehicle is in good hands!

For more information, contact us directly or visit one of our three shops conveniently located throughout Palm Beach County. To learn more about our auto maintenance services, please call:

National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers
West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497
Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551 | (561) 737-6073

oil change

Tips to Consider When Getting an Oil Change

Automobiles are constantly evolving through technological advancements that serve to improve their stamina. However, no matter how innovative they become, cars still require regular service to keep the its engine working safely and efficiently.

A big role that keeps your car running properly at full power is your car’s engine oils. This is why it is important that motor oils, auto fluids, and filters are tended to in a timely manner.

This month, we gathered a few helpful tips to consider when getting an oil change:

Car Oil Schedule: Manual or Automatic?

When scheduling oil services for your car, the first step is to always reference to your owner’s manual. There you will find specific recommendations from the manufacturer that will give you a mileage range based on driving conditions. Weather and distance are factors generally taken into consideration.

Understand the specifications unique to how often you use your car. This will give you a good idea on when to perform certain services, such as oil changes, for your car.

General mileage numbers from manufacturers vary between 3,000 to 10,000 miles. National Transmissions and Auto Repair Centers typically recommends getting an oil and filter change in the 5,000-mile range. This may be just about early or late for some, but we’ve found that this average is just right for the majority of vehicles.

For older cars, you will likely have to manually rely on mileage cut-offs recommended by the manufacturer. Several newer cars usually have automated systems installed that rely on sensors to alert you about your car’s oil levels.

No matter the edition of the vehicle, new or old, it is always important to follow the advice of your owner’s manual guidelines.

Selecting Specific Motor Oils

Motor oil products are just another facet of the automotive world that continue to improve with time. Engine performance principally relies on fresh quality oils, and so it is important to know what kind of oils are needed for an oil change.

It’s always a good idea to reference back to your owner’s manual to gain knowledge over your car’s needs. Conventional, high mileage, synthetic blend, and full synthetic oils are all options that should be selected with adequate understanding over their potency.

Synthetic motor oils are a popular choice for high output, high mileage vehicles, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates.

Though more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, synthetic motor oils can also improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.

Prolong Your Car Engine’s Life

Oil changes serve many crucial functions, and fresh filters and clean oils perform those functions when they are maintained properly. If neglected, old oil can build up and turn to sludge that can damage your engine, costing you more money in the long run.

Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways for you save money and prolong the life of your car. This involves regular oil changes and replacing your car’s fuel filter recommended by your vehicle’s owner’s manual. This will help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance and longevity of your engine.

By avoiding regular preventative maintenance, you’re likely going to pay for it later down the line. This is why it is also suggested to give your vehicle extra attention during an oil change service.

Contact the Professionals at National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers

Call National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers and let our skilled technicians help you sort out all your car maintenance concerns.

Our team is fully certified by Automotive Service Excellence and Automatic Transmission Service Group, the two premier certification groups in the automotive repair field. As your local auto repair and maintenance professionals, we are committed to providing high-quality service our clients trust.
To learn more about our full-service auto repair and maintenance solutions, contact National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers today or stop by one of our three locations in Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497
Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551 & (561) 737-6073