Preventive Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle maintenance is necessary if your car is going to keep running and be safe for you, your passengers, and other cars on the road. It is just a fact of life. When we say “preventive” we’re talking about taking care of small things on a regular schedule to prevent big (expensive and risky) problems from developing down the road.
Some owners prefer to perform basic maintenance tasks on their own and others prefer to have a trusted professional take care of them. Some tasks require special knowledge and tools, making it less likely that the owner will have everything on hand to do the job; others don’t require special equipment unless further work is needed.
Routine Car Maintenance Includes:
- Check/replace the engine oil and replace oil filters
- Check/replace fuel filters
- Inspect or replace windshield wipers
- Check or refill windshield washer fluid
- Inspect tires for pressure and wear
- Tire balancing
- Tire rotation
- Wheel alignment
- Check, clean or replace battery terminals and top up battery fluid
- Replace brake pads or flush brake fluid
- Check or flush transmission fluid
- Check or flush power steering fluid
- Check and flush engine coolant
- Inspect or replace spark plugs
- Inspect or replace air filter
- Inspect or replace timing belt and other belts
- Lubricate locks, latches, hinges
- Check all lights
- Tighten chassis nuts and bolts
- Check if rubber boots are cracked and need replacement
- Test electronics, e.g. anti-lock braking system or ABS
- Read fault codes from the Engine control unit
Recommended service intervals vary depending on the year, make, and model of a car. Other factors that affect how often you should have your car serviced include driving conditions and driver behavior.
Some cars are subject to a lot more stress than others - and as a result need extra care. For these situations, there is something called Severe Service Requirements. The owners manual will be specific about your car. It should provide you with time tables for both Regular Service Intervals and Severe Service Requirements. If you don’t have the owners manual, you can go online to get one or stop by a dealership and see if they can provide you with one. You can also contact us and we can get that information for you.