Regular Car Maintenance a Must

If you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you. There are many great reasons to schedule regular maintenance and checks: improper maintenance can void a warranty; prevention is worth a pound of cure; your vehicle will last much longer; the value of your vehicle will be higher; you????????re less likely to be stranded on the side of the road!

Whether you take your car to a trusted local mechanic, or to the dealership for maintenance, find out exactly what will be checked before you commit. Discuss your spending limit for repairs and at what point the mechanic will contact you to authorize unexpected repairs.

Vehicle manufacturers know their cars better than anyone else. That????????s why regularly scheduled maintenance recommendations are included in owner????????s manuals. Get very familiar with yours and find out exactly what is required to keep your vehicle in top shape!

Some mechanics may try to upsell your maintenance package by adding features not necessarily required. If you refer to your owner????????s manual, you will be able to make an informed decision about which services are crucial and which are not.

Schedule Maintenance and Stick to Your Plan

Always follow the manufacturer????????s recommendations when it comes to frequent maintenance such as oil and filter changes. In general, you should plan to have a major multiple-point check conducted at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles. Continue with detailed checks at similar intervals as your vehicle begins to age.

Of course, if you experience problems or become suspicious of your vehicles behavior, a specific noise, or if a warning light comes on, take your car to a mechanic immediately.

Following is a list of items that should be thoroughly checked at 30,000-mile increments each and every time such a milestone is reached (30,000, 60,000, 90,000 etc.):

  • Change oil and filter
  • Check???? fluids
  • Check wiper blades/change as required
  • Check????tread depth????on tires
  • Adjust????tire pressure
  • Inspect rotors, linings, pads, and drums
  • Lubricate caliper side rails
  • Inspect????brake lines and hoses
  • Complete transmission????fluid flush????(automatic transmissions)
  • Lube transmission control linkage
  • Inspect CV joint boots
  • Inspect????all relevant belts
  • Inspect????exhaust system
  • Inspect fuel system connections, hoses, and lines
  • Replace engine air filter (most vehicles)
  • Inspect spark plugs
  • Lubricate????steering and suspension components
  • Change engine coolant when required
  • Replace cabin air filter (when applicable)
  • Maintain fuel injection

When your car????????s odometer reaches 60,000 miles it requires all of the maintenance listed above, but it may need a little more tender loving care. Consider the following additions:

  • Check????the wheel alignment
  • Inspect the fuel tank cap gasket for cracks or excessive wear
  • Inspect the nuts and bolts on the chassis and body
  • Inspect the steering gear box

Once your car reaches 90,000 miles (and every 30,000 miles thereafter) perform the regular maintenance routine as outlined above (be sure to check the manufacturer????????s specific instructions) and consider the following maintenance:

  • Use an oil additive
  • Upgrade the quality of oil you use
  • Fuel injection cleaning
  • Fuel induction service
  • Exchange brake fluid
  • Exchange power steering fluid
  • Use a coolant additive
  • Exchange cooling system fluid
  • Clean battery and cables
  • Refresh air conditioner
  • Use a transmission Additive
  • Exchange transmission fluid
  • Service transfer case
  • Service transfer case

Imagine the confidence you will feel while driving your well-maintained vehicle anywhere you want go!


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