Engine Maintenance

Auto repair technician cleaning an engine after performing repairs

Top-Notch Automotive Care, Woman Owned and Operated

You have all heard how important it is to the life of your car that you have engine maintenance performed regularly, but few people understand what that means. Whether it’s factory scheduled maintenance or one of the 30/60/90/120K mile services, we help you decide what’s necessary so you aren’t in the dark any longer. At Minnie’s Auto Repair in Columbia, SC, you won’t need to wonder when to have your oil changes or tuneups performed, we will help you understand the maintenance inspections and what they mean to you.

Coolant being added to improve performance of car air conditioner

Your Engine Needs Attention

When you visit Minnie’s Auto Repair, you can trust that we have your best interests at heart. We remain conscious of how difficult it is for many women (and some men) to understand the common engine issues. That’s why we simplify any problems we find and explain it to you. If you need to consider having a weak seal or loose hose repaired, you can trust that we will take the time to make sure you understand what’s happening. 

While they sound like minor repairs, leaving them untreated can lead to disaster for your engine. That’s how many engine repair issues are. The sooner you deal with them, the more time and money you will save. 

Even if you face a blown head gasket, we will walk through the process for you. There’s nothing too complicated for us to simplify and help you understand.  

During your regularly scheduled maintenance, it’s possible that problems might be discovered. During your filter replacements and other checks, we take the time to ensure everything is running smoothly so your engine lasts as long as possible. The trained technicians at Minnie’s Auto Repair take extra time to explain any issue we found and help you determine the best course of action.

Benefits of Engine Preventative Maintenance

Monitoring a car engine has never been easier with all the modern technology available to us. Often, you’ll receive an alert if something is wrong. A quick trip to Minnie’s Auto Repair for check engine light diagnosis and repair is all you need to get back on the road. We take the guesswork out of what’s wrong with our advanced computer diagnostics. 

By having your regular maintenance performed, you avoid costly repairs and faulty engine issues. Your engine maintenance helps you to achieve: 

  • longer engine life 
  • cleaner burning engine which improves your fuel economy 
  • performance boost 
  • heightened level of safety on the road 

With a check from our ASE Certified auto repair technicians, you can ensure all the following systems will be running as they should: 

What to Expect During Routine Engine Maintenance

To properly maintain your engine, you need to have regular maintenance and service. In your owner’s manual, you’ll find the appropriate schedule for your oil changes, tire rotations and more. If you aren’t sure what any of that means, we are happy to help make sense of it all. 

The most critical aspect of your engine maintenance is your oil change. This should be done on a regular basis to avoid engine failure as a result of friction and accumulated contaminants. 

At the same time, we will check all of your fluids. Your vehicle needs the right amount of brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid and coolant to run at its best. 

After that, we take the time to examine your belts and hoses as well. If the hoses are damaged in any way, the flow of coolant might be hindered. This leads to your engine overheating and causes trouble. We will also inspect the timing belt for defects.  

To end our trip inspections, we look at things such as your battery, windshield wiper blades and air filter. You might not associate them with engine maintenance, but they are still vital aspects of your safety while on the road. 

We Handle All Your Automotive Needs


At Minnie’s Auto Repair in Columbia, SC, we take the guesswork out of your automotive needs. We are here to provide every service your vehicle might require in order to keep running correctly. While we specialize in the maintenance of your engine, we are also available to help with brake repair and anti-lock braking system (ABS) work or shock and strut repair. 

Out top technicians strive to be leaders in chassis and suspension repair, which is why they are always immersed in learning more. Our team is friendly, skilled and responsive to help you get back on the road faster. We offer more than your typical shop because we are never too busy to take the time to explain what’s happening. 

You deserve to understand every aspect of your engine maintenance or chassis and suspension repair jobs. Stop by today and see why Columbia, SC ladies continue to trust the team at Minnie’s Auto Repair.

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