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4414 Douglas Ave. in Beaverdale
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8305 Hickman Rd. in Urbandale
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Regular Vehicle Maintenance is Important!

At O’Brien’s Auto Repair we perform a complimentary safety and maintenance inspection on every vehicle that comes into our shop. No matter how well you drive, you are not safe unless your vehicle is kept in good operating condition. You keep your vehicle in good operating condition by having it maintained as per the manufacturers recommendations. If you do not, your car could fail you at a critical moment, and at the very least, leave you stranded and with a towing bill. Worst case is that you have an accident. Read your automobile owner’s manual carefully to become familiar with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and requirements. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for checking the engine, transmission, cooling, ignition and charging systems, timing belt, brakes, drive train and emission-control systems. 

Maintenance regimes vary widely from one vehicle to another.

Here are a few of the more important items. 


Tires are designed to grip the road as well as give the driver directional control. Bald, excessively worn, misaligned or improperly inflated tires decrease the ability of the driver to control the vehicle. Rotating your tires helps prolong their life and improve fuel economy. On most vehicles, tires should be rotated about twice a year; however, you should consult your owner’s manual for the recommended rotation pattern and frequency for your vehicle.


Your brakes are extremely important. Having good brakes just keeps you out of trouble. You'll want to carefully maintain your brakes. With disc brakes, brake pads rub on a disc – or rotor – to slow the wheels. The pads are attached to a caliper that squeezes the pads against the rotor. It's kind of like how squeezing the handbrake on a bicycle pushes the brake pads against the wheel of the bike.

Now pads just wear away with use – kind of like a pencil eraser wears out. The good news is that replacing brake pads is a straight-forward repair.

If you hear squealing or grinding when you use the brakes, have your service advisor check them out. He'll have a technician perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. He'll check for signs of brake problems and go over other 


It’s the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle, controls your handling and stability and delivers a good ride. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability.

It's a rough world out there – every time you hit a pothole, a bump or an object in the road, your suspension system has to absorb the impact and maintain control.

As you can imagine, your suspension has a lot of joints and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, control arms, shock absorbers and struts, the pitman, idler arms and the control arm bushings. They simply wear out over time. When a joint or other part is worn the suspension parts don't fit together as tightly as they should. Handling and steering has a loose feel and you may hear strange noises. Your tires will wear unevenly because they're bouncing down the road a little off kilter.

To keep your manufacturer's warranty valid, and keep you and your family safe (not to mention ensuring maximum fuel economy),your vehicle must be maintained to the standards recommended in the owner's manual. 

The simple fact is - Your vehicle will last longer, cost you less to operate and work better. When your service advisor recommends basic maintenance his primary concern is that your vehicle is safe. A properly maintained vehicle is a safer vehicle. Through proper maintenance, your vehicle will function as advertised by the manufacturer and will increase the potential for you to come through an emergency situation in good condition.


Tom O’Brien