Approx. Time: 300 Minutes | Price Range: Get Quote for Price
The Basics of 180,000 Mile Service
K & K Tire & Auto Center is the leading 180,000-mile service shop in Foley, MN, Saint Cloud, MN, and Milaca, MN. We take pride in ensuring your vehicle performs at its best possible performance level. Given the conditions in the Saint Cloud, MN area it is essential that preventative maintenance is carried out at the recommended period. At the 180,000 mile service period, the vehicle manufacturers require several safety inspections and preventive maintenance. K&K Tire and Auto trained mechanics focus on carrying out the services as well as the repair work your vehicle requires, to keep your vehicle running at peak performance, and to ensure that your manufacturer’s warranty remains intact.
Our 180,000 Mile Service Period include the following:
Every 180,000-mile service, we run a Quality Assurance Road Test to ensure your vehicle is performing and handling at its ideal level. Should our mechanics hear or feel something out of normal, they will be able to check your vehicle once they put it on the lift. If our Mechanics don’t find what they had heard or felt during the 180,000-mile service inspection, we will let you know what we encountered during the road test to ask whether you prefer additional diagnostics.
- Steering Linkage and Boots –We inspect the Linkage and Boots in your steering. Excessive play in your steering can be dangerous. It can inhibit the speed of your response in an emergency situation and cause issues like excessive tire wear.
- Replace Engine Oil and Filter – regularly changing the vehicle’s engine oil per manufacturer’s guidelines is an important part of maintaining the vehicle. The oil keeps internal parts of the engine greased, and a filter gathers all the debris by preventing damage. It is an essential regular maintenance item to ensure the performance and lifespan of your vehicle.
- Drive Shaft Boots – ensure vehicle boots are properly sealed, do not have any damage or tears, and are not dry rotted. This ensures that that the drive shafts stay properly lubricated and can save an expensive repair or replacing the Drive Shaft.
- Engine Coolant – a vehicle’s engine coolant is a vital fluid that is important to maintain the engine. Manufacturers have been upgrading to longer-lasting engine coolant. Nevertheless, it’s still important to periodically check on the condition and level of the engine coolant. Extended life coolant also breaks down over time. Ensuring the vehicle’s coolant system is maintained on its correct level, and it’s free against leaks, will make sure the coolant lasts longer and performs at its proper level.
- Chassis Bolts and Nuts – inspect the chassis and suspension for irregular wear and loose parts. This is an essential safety check should be done once a year. Preventive maintenance saves you money because potential issues are caught early and keep the repair work at a minimum.
- Reset Maintenance Reminder – reset maintenance reminder during your service to ensure you are properly notified for the next service period.
- Tire Inspection, Rotation, and Inflation – proper tire inflation is vital for handling and safety. Mechanics will check your tires to ensure proper positioning for optimal performance and lifespan of the tires. Tire rotations are performed periodically, so all four tires wear in a uniform manner. Unless you rotate your tires they are going to wear unevenly, and it will require replacement more often. Correct inflation of the tires is vital for the proper performance and wear. Properly inflated tires also improve fuel mileage.
- Engine Air Filter – air filters are occasionally able to be cleaned. They also need to be replaced periodically. The Engine Air Filter keeps debris out of the engine and ensures proper air intake through your engine. Depending on where you live, your air filter might need replacing more often. Should your engine air filter become clogged, it will significantly reduce the engine’s performance and fuel mileage.
- Cabin Air Filter – filters out the air in the passenger cabin. Maintaining the cabin air filter is Important to ensure you breath clean air. The inability to keep this clean and dirt-free can cause strain on the vehicle’s ventilating system. This may cause unpleasant odor and unnecessary stress on the vehicle.
- Brake Linkage/Drums/Pads/Disc – routine and thorough inspection of the brake system will ensure you can safely stop your vehicle each and every time. Brake failures could cost a lot of money for the repair. A brake pad that gets too low and unable to make it to the next service period, if not caught, could wear into your rotor and become an extremely costly repair.
- Transmission Fluid – depending on the year, make, and model of vehicle, the transmission fluid may need to be replaced. Vehicle manufacturers are installing longer-lasting transmission fluid, and a few systems are sealed off and have no dipstick any longer, in order to check the fluid level. We fully check for leaks, state of fluid, and level of fluid. If there’s a leak and the level gets low, the fluid will burn and result in internal bearing failure. Over time extended life transmission fluid becomes discolored and loses its protective ability and needs to be replaced. Regular inspection of transmission fluid level and the condition is essential for maintaining your vehicle. If transmission fluid is not adequately maintained it becomes discolored and could cause internal transmission failure. Transmission Repair and replacement could cost several thousand dollars, and the vehicle may be out of service for a long period of time. Proper preventive maintenance of the transmission fluid will save time and money.
- Fuel Lines, Connections, and Vapor Recovery System – ensure fuel connections and lines are properly sealed and maintained. The inspection will help find potential problems and find ussies earlier to save the cost of any major repairs. Regular inspections of the fuel system are essential for safety.
- Ball Joints and Dust Covers – too much play from the ball joints can cause excessive tire wear, poor performance, and handling. If not caught early enough, it can result in failure, additional suspension damages, and can leave you stranded on the side of the road. Ensuring there is no excessive play from the suspension can save the cost of a very expensive repair and prevent a breakdown.
- Spark Plugs – inspect and/or replace the spark plugs. Spark plugs provide a spark that will ignite the fuel in the engine and need replacing regularly. A failed spark plug could cause a misfire in the engine. This can cause raw fuel in order not to burn in the cylinder, and to be expelled through the exhaust system eventually causes damage to the catalytic converter. Occasionally replacing the sparks plugs increase fuel mileage and performance as well as save time and cost of repairs.
- Four Wheel Drive & All Wheel Drive Systems – inspect and/or replace transfer case fluid, front differential fluid, and rear differential fluid. The gear oil will begin to breakdown with time, use, and wear. Regular inspections of the seals and gear oil level prevent an expensive repair and extensive downtime.
- Exhaust Pipes and Mountings – a leak in the exhaust system is noisy and dangerous. A vehicle exhaust system has dangerous fumes that need to be properly expelled away from the passenger compartment. Leaks or restrictions in the vehicle exhaust system may also result in performance issues. An exhaust system that is not operating as designed can dramatically reduce your power from the engine and restrict your fuel economy. Periodic inspections of manifolds, seals, gaskets, catalytic converters, and pipes will keep your vehicle running like intended.
- Brake Lines and Fluid – periodic inspections of brake fluid, brake lines, and connections will ensure the brake system will not lose pressure and fail. If the vehicle’s brake fluid becomes too low and there’s not enough pressure within the system, brake failure may occur. Moisture will also be able to build up in time in the brake fluid and from time to time, should be replaced. This moisture can damage the seals and will eventually cause a leak.
- Power Steering Fluid – fluid in the power steering system can break down over time. Moisture and condensation in the power steering fluid can cause seal failure and internal damage. Regular inspections may save you from a costly repair. If the power steering fluid gets low due to a leak, the power steering rack could overheat and cause damage. A power steering rack is expensive to replace and put the vehicle out of service for many days.
There’s a lot more to servicing a vehicle than just changing the oil and rotating tires. Appropriate preventative maintenance will save money and time. K&K Tire and Auto is a part of the Saint Cloud, MN community. If you are in the Foley, MN, Saint Cloud, MN, or Milaca, MN areas, and you’re looking for an honest and reliable mechanic please get in touch with us. We appreciate your time, save you money, and get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. Call us at (320) 968-6225 or contact us online to set up an appointment.
Areas Served: Foley MN | Milaca MN | Saint Cloud MN | and surrounding areas
Approx. Time: 300 Minutes | Price Range: Get Quote for Price