Alestra Automotive Services is family-owned and operated car repair and maintenance shop located in Virginia Beach, VA. We use the latest diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is serviced correctly while maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty. We use only quality replacement parts and our technicians are ASE Certified and Licensed State Inspectors. All our services are competitively priced. We also provide financing options through Square Installment.
We provide top notch maintenance service for all types of vehicles. We are experienced in servicing and repairing the following makes:
BENEFITS OF ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
The simple oil change is one of the easiest things that can be done to a car to keep it running well for a long time. Without doing oil changes, the engine could get a buildup of old smudgy oil that tends to slow things down a bit. This thick old smudgy oil can clog the ports of an engine which in turn reduces the amount of oil getting to the places that it needs to get to.
Generally speaking, the oil should be changed no later than every 6,000 miles. If you do this, your engine should be safe. Some car manufacturers recommend that the engine oil be changed sooner at 3,000 miles; you should always follow the owner’s manual for your vehicle.
As you drive, and the transmission heats up and the viscosity of your fluid changes. Over time, this heat causes transmissions to burn up and is the single-most cause of transmission repairs today.
Changing your automatic transmission fluid can make your engine run cleaner and more efficiently, as well as save your transmission from burning out. It is recommended to do this every 30,000 miles.
As your transmission continues to heat up and it continues to break down, your car’s transmission components begin to get bogged down with gunk and sludge. Gunk and sludge can clog up your transmission gears, causing unnatural wear and tear on your vehicle’s transmission. If you want your transmission to continue to operate smoothly, it is vital to keep it clean.
The potential costs associated with ignoring the routine maintenance guidelines on your transmission could total thousands of dollars in repairs.
Flush Brake Fluid
Brake flushing involves removing all the brake fluid from the system and getting all-new, clean fluid inside. A good rule of thumb is to have your brakes flushed about every 30,000 miles. Here’s why: parts, like the rubber in the valves in the master cylinder, calipers and wheel cylinders deteriorate. All the little bits that flake off end up in your brake fluid. Plus, the fluid itself can get old and worn out. Moisture can also get in the system. That leads to rust, which leads to more bits in your brake fluid. All this adds up to a brake system with compromised effectiveness and decreased stopping power.
Not only can you get more life on the tread, but you’ll also experience better vehicle handling and increased gas mileage, helping to save quite a bit of money over the long-term. When you rotate tires approximately every 7,500 miles, you’ll help to avoid costly mechanical repairs, save money on gas and on the purchase of new tires, by extending the life of your current tires as much as possible.