Deciphering the Menu Board

Black menu board with "menu" written on it in chalk and also a couple of plants drawn under it.

You may not be familiar with all the items on your service center’s menu board. Here are a few descriptions of some of the typical services that might be listed. Remember, the board is there for reference. Speak to your Service Adviser about other possible needs or services.

Fuel system cleaning: Over time, the fuel system gets a gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.

Headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. When one burns out, replace both so they’ll have the same brightness. Also, if your headlamp lenses are yellowed or cloudy, we can professionally restore them to like new condition.

Inspections: Inspections are performed for many reasons. You may be preparing to take a trip or just want to make sure the vehicle’s ready for summer or winter. Perhaps you just purchased a used car and want to have it looked over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to having a problem. 

Oil change: Some centers offer an oil change and new filter as their only option. Here at Eureka Brake & Automotive we also check and top off all your other fluids and perform a 22 points maintenance inspection with a full-service oil change. There may also be options for higher mileage fluids or an upgrade to synthetic oil.  We also offer an Ultimate Special. The Ultimate Special includes lube, oil & filters, complete brake inspection, tire rotation, check & set tire pressures, check & fill fluids, 50 point maintenance inspection, cooling system check, road test and vacuum.

PCV valve: PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve. It’s a little part that releases pressure from the engine. It can get gummed up and that can lead to engine damage. It needs to be changed now and then.

Power steering service: The technician will evacuate the old fluid, clean out the system and replace it with clean fluid. This can keep the system running well for a long time.

Serpentine belt: The belt that powers the engine’s accessories like the alternator, air conditioner, power steering and brakes. You’ll want to replace the serpentine belt before it breaks or wears down too much, because that will lead to other problems. Consider scheduling regular inspections and replacement as a part of the routine vehicle maintenance every 30k miles.

Shocks and struts: This starts with an inspection of the suspension components. Shocks last a long time and wear out slowly, so many people don’t notice when it’s time to change them. If they’re worn or leaking, they need to be replaced.

Transmission service: This involves removing the transmission fluid and replacing it with clean fluid. It’s like an oil change for your transmission. It is recommended to service your transmission every 30,000 miles or 2 years.

Tire rotation and wheel balancing: The tires are rotated from front to back using the recommended rotation pattern. This helps tires wear more evenly. Wheels need to be balanced from time to time to keep them turning without any wobble or bounce. Helps the ride and saves tire wear!

Give us a call!

Eureka Brake & Automotive <br/>707.443-2122 <br/>

Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant