In general, most drivers know the importance of preventative maintenance for the long-term health of your car. Whether or not those drivers choose to stay on top of those tasks is up to them, but here are some of the most important ones to keep in mind as you try to preserve your vehicle.
This is one of the best ways to prevent long-term damage. Oil that goes too long without being replaced will gather debris that makes it thicker and harder to use in your engine. Eventually, that starts to cause more wear and tear. Depending on the type of oil used, your car could go as long as 10,000 in between each change. Consult your owner’s manual or mechanic to check.
Tire Rotation and Alignment
Rotating your tires when recommended will help them last much longer in the long run. Getting them aligned at the same time will make sure that your car stays straight when driving and certain tires aren’t taking the brunt of damage.
Timing and Serpentine Belts
It all depends on the type of car you have, but typically the timing belt is replaced every 60,000 miles, and the serpentine belt is replaced every 40,000 miles. If they do happen to be in good shape after an inspection, then you could go a little longer. However, when they’re worn out, be sure to get them replaced before they fail and cause even more expensive damage.
There are many fluids in a vehicle that help it run smoothly, so you can ask you mechanic to check on the state of them. Focus on antifreeze/coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.
This is especially important as we enter the winter months since cold weather can disrupt how your battery works. Mechanics can check the charge of the battery to ensure it’s an acceptable or optimal measurement, and then recommend a course of action if it’s not up to par. This can save you from being stranded when your car refuses to start.
It’s always important to get your brakes inspected when you’re in for a preventative maintenance appointment. There are many key parts to them—rotors, brake pads, brake fluid, break pedal—and they should all be in working order to ensure your safety. Make sure none of those need to be replaced.
Overall, it’s best to take a look at your owner’s manual for any specific preventative maintenance needs your car may need. If you’ve been having maintenance issues or suspect it’s time for a check-up, give Superior Service Center a call.