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Butler’s Lifetime Lube, Oil, Filter Program

oil changePart of making sure your vehicle run its best as long as possible is regularly changing the oil. Oil is the engine’s lifeblood so it’s important to keep it as free of contaminants as possible. Whether your vehicle runs on gasoline or diesel fuel Butler offers two programs to keep it purring no matter how much you drive. As the new owner of a Butler vehicle we offer a Lifetime Lube, Oil and Filter Program. If you drive 12,000 miles a year you might consider our Basic Package which offers an oil or synthetic lubricant change every three months or 3,000 miles, up to 4 times a year. For a gas vehicle the cost is $499. For a diesel vehicle the price is $699. Both packages apply to your vehicle for as long as you own it.

The Executive Package is for those of you who drive more than 12,000 miles a year. The Executive Package offers oil or synthetic lubricant changes every 3,000 miles as often as you want for as long as you own the vehicle. For a gas vehicle the Executive Package price is $699. For diesel it’s $899.

Additionally –every time your vehicle is in for an oil change we’ll top-off all the fluids (excluding fuel), and our factory-certified technicians will put it through a 29-point safety inspection. They’ll also keep track of your service records which can come in handy when questions about warranties or extended service contracts arise.

Butler’s Lifetime Lube, Oil and Filter Program makes it easy to keep your vehicle’s engine happy and your service information all in one place.

And, bonus! Every oil change comes a free car wash!

What’s in a Tune-Up?

Butler’s Lisa Graham works on a Hyundai

Back in the good ol’ days (read:  before computers) a tune-up had one definition. Whether you had your vehicle serviced at a dealership or by the mechanic down the street, the same services were provided.  From state to state, all across the country, it was understood that certain systems were checked, certain fluids were refilled, certain parts were replaced.  A tune-up was a tune-up, period.

But now, technology’s made our vehicles much more efficient, and a lot more varied from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer.  The industry may have changed but, for many customers, the concept of a tune-up has not.  That’s why Butler’s service experts say, when you take your car or truck in to be serviced, ask what’s included in the “tune-up package”.    Butler Acura’s Joe Butterfield says, “When I hear “tune-up” I think “maintenance”.  Butler’s Service Manager Curtis Hancock agrees.  “There is no more “tune-up”, he says.  “There’re only mileage intervals and what the book [the owner’s manual] calls for at those intervals.

Here, then, are the intervals at which service is typically recommended and the procedures we perform as part of that scheduled maintenance.  In other words, here’s what Butler considers a “tune-up”.

Scheduled maintenance every 30/60/90/120K miles includes lube, oil, filter service; brake check; tire rotation; visual inspection under hood and of underbody; parking brake adjustment; battery tested and serviced; engine air filter replaced; cabin air filter replaced; transmission serviced and flushed; brake system and fluid checked; power steering checked; cooling system checked.  All the above is covered under one price.

Other services that might have been included in the past definition of “tune-up” are no longer necessary for every make and model so we offer them separately.  They include the service and cleaning of the fuel injection and emission system, the service and cleaning of the throttle, a coolant flush, and sparkplug replacement.

Curtis says technicians will look for common problems but, if there’s something specific you’d like addressed it’s best to speak up.  Making sure you and the shop are on the same page when it comes to a “tune-up” can save you loads of time and money down the road.

Regular Maintenance Can Double Your Vehicle’s Life

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Oil change.  Tire rotation.  Battery check.  These are phrases every vehicle owner knows even if they’ve yet to take their car, truck or SUV in for service.  Many of us are great about getting on a regular schedule of automotive maintenance.  Others are less so, opting instead to postpone regular checkups until, eventually, disaster strikes.

Butler’s service managers say regular service work almost guarantees you’ll double the life of your car.  Ignore service work and the little things can quickly become the big things. Butler Ford’s Richard Bennet and Butler Acura’s Joe Butterfield list six items that should be checked religiously in order to avoid costly, and potentially dangerous, mishaps.

  1. Batteries
    Recommendations vary according to battery but a good rule of thumb is to replace yours every 3-5  years.  Failing to do so could, literally, leave you stranded.
  2. Tires
    Wear depends on your driving habits, weather, and road surface as well as mileage but it’s generally accepted that tires should be swapped out for new ones every 40,000 miles.  And don’t forget rotation every 5,000-10,000 miles to keep the tire tread wearing evenly.  Rotation and alignment can help prevent uneven wear which can result in your tires losing their ability to grip the road or channel water.  Tire failure can lead to blowouts or hydroplaning.
  3. Air and fuel filters
    You know how hard it is to breathe in smog?  That’s what your engine feels when its air/fuel filters are clogged.  Replacing them on a regular basis helps keep the engine running at its efficient best, which keeps your vehicle happy and on the road longer.  Internal combustion engines mix air and fuel.  If either gets dirty, your engine has to operate on sludge.  Air filters can be changed out every 3,000 miles; fuel filters every 15,000 miles. If either filter is clogged your engine may stall or fail to start altogether.
  4. Oil changes
    Depending on the theory you subscribe to, your best bet is to change the oil every 3,000-8,000 miles.  Industry standards vary with some experts saying more often is better and others arguing any sooner than every 7,800 miles is overkill.  Dirty oil can lead to the buildup of sludge which, gone unheeded long enough will kill your engine. And be sure to CHECK your oil on a regular basis to make sure your level is where it should be.  Low or no oil can lead to engine seizure.
  5. Brakes
    You know you need them and you know why.  But when brakes start to fail some owners let the problem go on far too long.  When they start to squeal, it’s time to replace them.  Don’t wait until you hear metal grinding on metal. Not only is it dangerous but it can get expensive to fix.

As always, these are guidelines.  Before getting on any kind of regular maintenance schedule, consult your owner’s manual or give us a call.   Our goal is to keep you safely on the road as long as possible!

Centenarian Sets Rare Service Example

Photo credit: Mike Cardew / Akron Beacon Journal

At an age when many of us might consider giving up driving, if we hadn’t already, a 102 year old philanthropist is not only taking road trips but doing some of her own maintenance.  Yes, her maintenance.  Margaret Dunning is known in historical circles as a philanthropist whose generosity has largely benefitted the Plymouth (Michigan) Historical Society.  But the automotive world knows her for her gorgeously renovated classic cars, especially a 1930 Packard 740 Roadster she’s owned for 63 years.

Not only owned but, serviced!   Dunning says she changes her own oil every 3,000 miles, and even swaps out spark plugs when necessary.  When in need of additional expertise she turns to a select group of people including a 90-year old friend who she says works “magic”.

The Packard is one of several classic vehicles in Dunning’s garage that she regularly drives to car shows.  She told the Akron Beacon Journal she’s loved cars since she started driving at the age of 8. Her driver’s license followed four years later.  Henry Ford’s family lived just a couple miles away and, at one point, Dunning even worked in a Ford plant.  And while she takes great pride in her Packard, Margaret Dunning doesn’t see a whole lot to crow about in her abilities under the hood.  Working on her cars, it would appear, comes naturally.  “I love the smell of gasoline,” she says. “It runs in my veins.”

Photo credit: Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times

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