A car is a big investment. That’s why taking care of it properly is so important. You visit your doctor for checkups before you get sick and take your pets in for their annual veterinarian appointments, so why should your car be any different? It should be taken in periodically — even when everything seems to be working fine. Following a regular maintenance schedule can help keep your vehicle in the best possible condition and can help you catch small problems before they become big ones.
Having a reliable mechanic who can service your car is important, and so is finding a mechanic you can visit regularly — think of it kind of like a primary care doctor. The better someone knows your car and what’s “normal” for it, the easier it is for them to notice when something has changed. This will help them diagnose the problem and solve it more affordably.
Rainbow Muffler’s Top Car Services in Cleveland, Ohio
If you’re looking for car repair services in Cleveland, Ohio, you might already know that Rainbow Muffler & Brake has been providing local drivers with expert care for 40 years. However, you may not know all of the things we can do for your vehicle, so let’s look at three of the top services we offer at our Cleveland auto repair shops.
Oil Changes and Maintenance
Most drivers understand that oil changes and maintenance are important, but they still sometimes just don’t get around to it. For example, you might already know that you should take your car in for an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but are you making sure to do that, or do you let it slide a little longer? Did you know that not getting your oil changed regularly can cause damage to your vehicle over time and end up costing you more money in the long run?
Oil changes are required to keep your engine running efficiently. Getting regular oil changes extends the life of your engine, provides you with better gas mileage and keeps your engine properly lubricated. The latter is important because your engine produces a lot of heat, and without proper lubrication, it can overheat.
Along with regular oil changes, preventative maintenance will catch problems early. From vehicle safety inspections to topping off fluids and checking things like the tire pressure, engine light, brakes, battery, charging system, air filter and more, regular maintenance allows you to drive away knowing that your car is ready for the road.
Mufflers and Exhaust
Your muffler and exhaust system are critical to reducing exhaust gasses and harmful emissions and moving them away from your vehicle. While you probably don’t give much thought to your exhaust system, it performs important tasks every day and is exposed to high temperatures that can lead to holes in the pipes. Eventually, it can also cause muffler failure, which compromises the entire exhaust system.
If you see any of the following signs, you need to have your muffler and exhaust system checked out:
- Your car makes a lot of noise when you turn it over, idle or accelerate.
- You can smell smoke coming from the tailpipe.
- You smell fumes while you’re driving.
- Your gas mileage is getting worse.
If you start having problems with your muffler and exhaust system, you shouldn’t put off repairs or ignore the problem because that can lead to even costlier problems down the road.
Rainbow Muffler & Brake can diagnose the health of your muffler and let you know which options are available to you. One of the advantages of visiting Rainbow is that we can fabricate custom exhaust pipes or replace parts of your exhaust system instead of requiring a full replacement of the system. Our custom work is completely warrantied and provides a less expensive solution than most car repair shops offer. In fact, our reputation for quality, affordable custom work has made muffler and exhaust system repair one of the services we are best known for.
Brakes and Rotors
There’s no arguing over the importance of brakes. Taking proper care of them and having them inspected to make sure they’re in good working condition is something every driver should put at the top of their car care list. Rainbow Muffler & Brake is a one-stop-shop for brakes and rotor repair in Cleveland.
In addition to knowing the warning signs that your brakes are going bad, you should pay attention to any changes in how your car handles when braking. It’s a good idea to have your brakes inspected once a year or every 12,000 miles. You should also have the brake pads inspected during your oil change or routine maintenance to make sure they aren’t due for replacement.
While rotors may not be as widely discussed as brakes, they’re vital because your brakes can’t do their job without them. Brake rotors are as important as brake pads in making sure your car stops every time you hit the brake pedal, but over time, they become worn and will stop braking as well. If you feel a vibration when you hit the brakes or hear squeaking and grinding noises, it could be a sign of worn or damaged rotors.
Rainbow Muffler & Brake can handle everything from inspection and adjustments to brake line repairs and replacement, brake fluid flushes, rotor and drum resurfacing, master cylinder replacement, parking brake service and much more.
See What Else We Can Do
These are the top three services that Rainbow Muffler & Brake provides, but they aren’t the only things we can do to keep your car running smoothly. Visit us online to learn more about our range of auto repair services in Cleveland, OH, and to find a location near you.