Boston, MA, February 24, 2012: Nick Pappas, of Central Automotive, says that Boston car mechanics can offer good advice and services for car maintenance. Mr. Pappas says that some simple routine maintenance can help car owners avoid more costly auto repair in Boston.

According to Mr. Pappas, a few simple checkups will keep your car in running order and avoid costly complications that so often develop from unattended problems. For instance, tires normally leak a little bit, even if there is no hole in them. As they gradually lose air, they can cause all kinds of problems. Underinflated tires will make your car burn more gasoline, and with projections that gas will reach $5 a gallon this spring, that can be an expensive oversight. In addition, over or underinflated tires will wear unevenly, wearing out sooner than they would if they were properly inflated all the way around. Also, to increase the life of your tires, you should have them switch, or rotated, front to back and back to front. This is because the front tires wear differently than the back tires do.

Further Pointers from Boston Car Mechanics

Mr. Pappas further recommends that you replace your windshield wipers once a year. This is because the rubber deteriorates in the heat of summer and then fail to work properly in the wet winters. In fact, most auto repair in Boston will check windshield wiper blades as a matter of routine. Boston car mechanics will even change wiper blades twice a year because of the damage from snow and ice that often occurs in the Northeast.

Another service you may request from your Boston car mechanics may be a tune-up. However, tune-ups are no longer the same procedure that they were back in the 70’s. Valves don’t usually have to be adjusted, anymore, and the ignition timer is controlled by computers. Today’s cars are designed to go 60,000 to 100,000 miles before any “tune-up” needs to be done, and then, you’ll probably need the spark plug wires replaced. This is because they break down over time, and don’t deliver the electrical impulses properly any more, reducing your gas mileage. In addition, you’ll need to have your timing belt checked. If the timing belt breaks, your car won’t run at all, and it could cause very expensive damage to your car. You can spend a modest amount of money having your worn timing belt replaces, or hundreds, if not a thousand or more, replacing broken pulleys and gears.

In addition, Mr. Pappas says it is vitally important to have the cooling system flushed at around 100,000 to 120,000 miles. Sediments are going to form in the cooling system, and there will be some evaporation even in a sealed system. The coolant also circulates through the heater core which powers the cabin heater on your car. When the coolant system is neglected, sediment builds up in the heater core and will often make it rust out. The sediment will also build up on the coils, keeping your car from being effectively cooled.

Central Automotive does auto repair in Boston and the surrounding area. For more information concerning automotive maintenance, or to make an appointment for mechanical service, call Nick Pappas at (617) 361-3100.