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WHY MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR VEHICLE

EP Auto Centre provides scheduled car maintenance. By making scheduled maintenance from EP’s part of your routine, you may avoid many costly repairs for your vehicle in the future.

Your vehicle manufacturer recommends services, inspections and part repairs at regularly scheduled intervals to keep your vehicle running at optimum efficiency. At EP Auto Centre, we also recommend performing a Courtesy Check, which thoroughly inspects 19 critical component areas of your vehicle. Some of our maintenance services include inspections of the following:

 

Oil Change

Maintenance Tune-Up

Transmission Service

Air Conditioning/Heater Service

Radiator Service

Vehicle Inspection

Tires

Battery & Cables

Auto Electrical Repairs and check-ups for your car’s starting and charging systems, and battery, help ensure reliable vehicle operation whenever you drive your car. At EP’s, we recommend you check these systems regularly for optimal vehicle performance.

PREVENTIVE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE


We understand that age, mileage and various weather conditions all contribute to the natural wear and tear your vehicle receives over time. A routine system check up is a great way to keep your vehicle in the best possible condition. However, when the "Check Engine" light does appear, at EP’s, we want to work hard for you to get you back on the road! Come into one of our two locations when your car is in need of battery, cable, or
spark plug replacement service.

Spark plugs


The typical spark plug consists of an outer shell, a connecting terminal, a core, a seat area, a center electrode, and one or more ground electrodes. Spark plugs used steel/nickel electrodes traditionally, but newer plug designs use electrodes made of precious metals such as platinum or even gold/palladium alloy. These types of electrode materials are much less susceptible to erosion, provide longer life and tend to resist fouling better than their predecessors. Most engines use one spark plug per cylinder, although some engines use two. Spark plugs come in different configurations, such as different threads, seats, “reach lengths”, and heat ranges.

The spark plug ignites the air/fuel mixture inside the cylinder. This occurs when high voltage, triggered at precisely the right instant, bridges the gap between the center and the ground electrodes. The end result is an even burning of the air/fuel mixture inside the cylinder. The spark plug also provides a secondary purpose of helping to channel some heat away from the cylinder.

MAINTENANCE TIPS & SUGGESTIONS


Typical replacement intervals range between 30,000 and 100,000 miles, depending on the vehicle and the type of spark plug. Always consult your owner’s manual for your specific vehicle. Symptoms of one or more faulty spark plugs include poor gas mileage, a failed emissions test, and rough running/poor acceleration with the engine under load. A bad spark plug can cause engine misfire, triggering the SERVICE ENGINE SOON or CHECK ENGINE light to appear. If this is the case, it’s best to have the cause checked out immediately by a professional technician. This is especially true if the SERVICE ENGINE SOON or CHECK ENGINE light flashes rather than staying steadily lit. Neglecting these warning signs can cause expensive damage to the catalytic converter, requiring replacement. Always use the correct spark plugs for your vehicle, following the exact recommendations of the spark plug manufacturer for your specific engine and vehicle. Spark plugs should be installed per the manufacturer’s recommendations, ensuring the electrodes are gapped properly and tightened sufficiently into the cylinder head.

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7-Point preventative cooling system maintenance program

A car's engine generates enough heat to destroy itself. The cooling system, however, protects against damage by keeping the engine within the correct operating temperature range. That's why preventative cooling system maintenance is essential in helping to ensure your engine's life.

NARSA - The International Heat Transfer Association recommends that motorists have a seven-point preventative cooling system maintenance check at least once every two years. The seven-point program is designed to identify any areas that need attention. It consists of

  • a radiator pressure cap test to check for the recommended system pressure level
  • a thermostat check for proper opening and closing
  • a pressure test to identify any external leaks to the cooling system parts; including the radiator,       water pump, engine coolant
  • assages, radiator and heater hoses and heater core
  • an internal leak test to check for combustion gas leakage into the cooling system
  • a visual inspection of all cooling system components, including belts and hoses
  • a system power flush and refill with car manufacturer's recommended concentration of coolant
  • an engine fan test for proper operation


By performing regular checks, NARSA radiator and cooling system specialists can help motorists prevent problems, emergency repairs and/or replacements, effectively saving the consumer time, trouble and money.

Additionally, the key components we replace or repair are:

  • Radiator
  • Radiator cap
  • Radiator hoses
  • Radiator fan/fan clutch
  • Anti-freeze
  • Water pump
  • Thermostat
  • Fan belts
  • Serpentine belt
  • Cooling sensor
  • Heater core
  • Heater hoses
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1 Hancock Street                     102 Uitenhage Road

North End                                  Sydenham

6001                                           Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth                           South Africa

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Tel:  (041) 484-4023                Tel: (041) 484 3014
Fax:  (041) 484-2009               Fax:(041) 484 1439

 

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