Bring Your Dodge, Ram, Jeep or Chrysler to Big M Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM in Nicholasville for Service

If you're wondering how to protect your investment in your Ram, Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle in Lexington KY and get the most value out of it whether you plan to keep it or sell it down the road, regularly maintaining it can help to extend its lifespan and allows you to set a higher asking price if you decide to sell.

The most basic maintenance task you can do is also one of the easiest. Regularly wash your car, looking for any areas that are missing paint due to a flying pebble, runaway shopping cart in Louisville, KY, or other incident. If you keep a bottle of touch-up paint that matches your exterior on hand, you can easily fill any chips or scratches before they develop corrosion. Once every month or so, open the engine to see if fluids like coolant or window washer need filling.

Maintenance that requires a bit more skill can be handled by a mechanic if you lack the tools and the knowledge to complete them yourself. Your owner's manual will list both the viscosity of oil that will keep your engine performing optimally as well as how often it should be changed. Modern synthetic oils allow for a longer time between changes, usually every 10,000 miles. Even if you don't drive your vehicle that often, its oil should be changed every eight months or so, otherwise the moisture it absorbs will start to corrode your engine from the inside.

Depending on your style of driving, your tires and brakes will need servicing, whether it's the brake pads that need changing or the hydraulic lines to the brakes that need purging of their fluid. Your tires will wear out according to your driving patterns. If you make more left-hand turns, for example, your left front wheel will wear more quickly than the right front tire. Rotating them according to the pattern set out in your driver's manual will extend their lifespan, but you can check your tire pressure monthly and adjust it as needed to keep your tires from developing uneven wear patterns that could cause a flat or even a blowout. A general tune-up could include replacing spark plugs, the fuel and air filters and checking belts and hoses to see if they're showing signs of wear.

Larger maintenance issues focus on systems like the struts and shocks, which should be inspected every 50,000 miles or if you feel there's a marked reduction in control when you're driving. Your timing belt will also need to be changed around this same time, as will your serpentine belt. Your fluid coolant exchange, transfer case, and transmission all contain fluids that need to be purged and replaced with new fluid.

Seasonal changes increase demands on your battery, which must be able to perform in temperatures below freezing or summer heat. Testing it to see if it can hold a charge will ensure you get through the winter without the unwelcome surprise of being stranded after a night of freezing temperatures. Along with the inspection, any corrosion found on the terminals can be cleaned to facilitate charging. Swapping a summer set of tires for a more appropriate set of winter tires and changing the oil for a lower viscosity if your driver's manual recommends it is also recommended for a snowy climate.

Whether you've got a small maintenance issue in Richmond KY, require an inspection in Versailles, KY, or need a large repair completed Danville, KY, our Chrysler, Ram, Jeep, and Dodge service center can help you with convenient hours, knowledgeable mechanics, and manufacturer recommended parts and additives. We're always looking for ways to save you money on the types of service you need most, so be sure to check in with us often to see the latest specials we're offering on vehicle care. Schedule Service today at Big M Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM or Contact Us to set your appointment!

Hours

  • Monday 07:30AM - 06:00PM
  • Tuesday 07:30AM - 06:00PM
  • Wednesday 07:30AM - 06:00PM
  • Thursday 07:30AM - 06:00PM
  • Friday 07:30AM - 06:00PM
  • Saturday 08:00AM - 02:00PM
  • Sunday Closed