Know What Maintenance Your Car Needs to Keep You Going
Your car needs you as much as you need it. It wants you to keep it well-maintained, clean and protected. If you take the time to give it what it needs to succeed, you will reap longevity and performance for years to come. We are here to give you some more information about the types of repairs and servicing you should be keeping an eye on, and how to follow recommended service schedules.
Scheduled Auto Servicing
Your car is made up of a combination of different mechanical systems, that when used together create the machine you know and love. You want to treat these systems individually, to keep each piece of the puzzle functioning as it was designed. Some components need to be checked and managed more frequently, while others you may have to set reminders for yourself. Below is a list of the most common upkeep and repair procedures needed annually, if not more regularly.
- OIL AND FILTER CHANGES
- AIR FILTER REPLACEMENT
- TIRE PRESSURES
- TIRE ROTATIONS
- TIRE BALANCING
- FLUID TOP OFFS
- BRAKE CHECKS
- COOLANT FLUID LEVEL AND CONDITION CHECKS
- TRANSMISSION FLUID AND CONDITION CHECKS
- BRAKE FLUID LEVEL AND CONDITION CHECKS
Manufacture Vs Repair Center Maintenance Guides
It may or may not come as a surprise to you, but manufacture and dealership service schedules are not always the same. If you read your owner’s manual, you are reading the service schedule set by the designers and engineers that are responsible for building the car. The dealership’s recommended schedule does not always match the manufacture’s, even though they carry the same brand name.
You will find many similarities between the two, but you may also find that your local shops and dealerships have more extensive care schedules. As a rule of thumb, you want to focus on the manufacture’s schedule that is provided for you in your owner’s manual. If you do not have the owner’s manual anymore, you can often purchase a new copy of it online. You will likely spend more money if you only follow the dealership’s recommended services. Local shops and independent repair centers are less likely to be as aggressive as your local dealership service centers.
Tips and Tricks
New vehicles tend to be driven longer between services. This is because everything should be working perfectly, and nothing should be worn down yet. However, to keep your car working better for longer, you need to preserve it in the condition that it is in. This means oil changes, fluid top-offs, tire servicing, and keeping it protected are all important at this time.
If you take care of the engine lubrication, you prevent engine wear. If you keep up with tire wear and pressures, you prevent excess wear to the suspension. If you keep the air filters clean and use high-quality filters, you keep your engine cleaner and running more efficiently. Although you may not have to worry about some aspects of maintenance early on, you do want to focus on certain areas that will have direct effects on the vehicle in the long run. Book your appointment online today!
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