Although we will always be there for you if you need a tow, for many of our customers, preventative maintenance could have saved them a hefty tow and repair charge! In this article, we are going to look at some great tips and tricks to ensure your car, truck or van can stay healthy on the road.
- Oil Changes
No, oil changes are not optional! It is recommended that you complete oil changes every 3200 miles to ensure your engine is operating at peak performance. Failure to do so could result in gas mileage decreases, engine damage, and at worst, destruction of your engine. There are recommended oil change tables in your owners manual, and you should do your best to keep to them!
- Tires, you might need to change them
If you have been driving on the same set of wheels for over a decade, it might be time to get new tires! Wheels wear out faster than any other part of your vehicle, and no matter if you are only driving during the summer, or are trekking through snow and ice, your tires need to be up to the challenge. Make sure to check the tread, the alignment, the pressure, and of course, rotate your tires as per the recommended intervals in your owners manual.
- Batteries and Belts
One of the easiest ways to ensure you will always be on the road is to keep an eye on your battery and your belts. Your battery will wear over time, and if you have started to experience some issues in starting and power, it might be time to get it looked it. Belts wise, you need to be aware of any wear or tear on your engine belts as if they go, your day is done. Some quick inspections and a handy mechanic should be enough to ensure your car is well maintained for years to come.
- Check your fluids
Yes, we always get the classic window washer fluid pop up, but there are more than a few fluids that make your car run. When completing routine maintenance get your mechanic to check your brake line, your radiator, your drive train, and any other pertinent fluids that may affect your car’s performance. Your owners manual will let you know at what interval to flush and refill, but make sure to keep an eye on the levels, as if they drop below the recommended fill levels, you could face some issues.
Although we would love to help you out if you break down, we would much rather see you and your car happily driving down the road. These preventative maintenance tips will not guarantee your vehicle will not have any issues, but rather, it gives you a starting point to start thinking about the lifetime care of your car. Did we miss any? Comment below with your go-to preventative maintenance tip, and make sure to touch on your make and model!