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3 Essentials of Auto Maintenance

Even the DeLorean from Back to the Future needed maintenance. Netflix has a great documentary right now called Back In Time, and it’s all about the Back to the Future movie. Much of the movie centers around the Delorean; at one point they even show one of the film’s cars broken down and collecting dust…

Like the DeLorean – every car requires maintenance. To shed a little light, we’re going to share what needs to be done, why it needs to be done and a rough timeline of when it needs to be done.

Here are three important items that will keep your car in tip-top shape.


Your oil is the barrier between the moving parts in your engine. Without oil, you would have metal on metal contact at 5,000 revolutions per minute. Heat would build up and eventually cause mechanical failure – costly, mechanical failure.

So why can’t you just use the same oil forever and add to it when it’s low? Over time, debris, moisture, gasoline and carbon will find it’s way into your oil and prevent the engine parts from receiving proper lubrication, resulting in dangerous amounts of heat.

For the health of your engine, your oil needs to be pure and at full levels – this will ensure that everything runs smoothly, literally.

Spark Plugs

Your spark plugs are responsible for igniting the air-fuel mixture in the engine. The spark plug is placed at the top of the engine cylinder head, just above the piston. When the piston moves down, air and fuel are drawn into the cylinder. When the piston moves back up it compresses the air-fuel mixture and a spark plug ignites sending thousands of volts into that mixture causing it to combust (combustion engine). The explosion forces the piston back down, providing power to the vehicle and the process starts over again.

Your spark plug is responsible for and is exposed to several thousand explosions per minute at temperatures upwards of 1,500º. Over time, plugs need to be replaced to continue creating power for your engine.

Engine Air Filter

The engine is a sealed unit – except for the air intake and exhaust. The air that is fed to your engine goes directly through the engine air filter. Air filters have become more advanced over the years, functioning better and lasting longer, but they still need to be replaced.

As your engine draws in air, it passes through the filter – the dirtier the filter, the less air will pass through. Modern day engines have a sensor that will report to the car’s computer how much air is coming into the engine. The computer will respond by delivering an appropriate amount of fuel to the cylinder.

A dirty air filter is responsible for degrading car performance and will cause real problems over time. Replacing it is one of the best ways to keep your engine in optimal shape. We make sure to change it only when it’s needed.

When Does All This Need to Be Done?

Every car is different – which is why you want to bring your car to the same place for every service, repair and tune-up (obviously, we want that place to be Highline). We get to know your vehicle over time and can identify issues, often early enough to prevent major damage… it’s because we see your vehicle regularly.

Every vehicle will need major service. Most european cars will be sometime between 60,000 and 80,000 miles. On Japanese models, you’re looking at closer to 90,000 miles.

We closely monitor manufacturer recommendations. However, we also filter those recommendations through our experience, providing you with the best value maintenance and service experience you’ll find.