Maintaining your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule is very important. If followed as prescribed, you will enjoy many benefits for as long as you own your car.
Maintenance schedules are developed to make sure the required fluid changes, tire adjustments, and check-ups are performed; these all contribute to keeping your vehicle in top form so it can run reliably.
Properly maintaining your vehicle will not only ensure its safety and dependability, but may also increase fuel efficiency.
It is recommended to consult your vehicle’s owners manual and follow its preventive vehicle maintenance schedule.
It is also recommended to have the following inspected:
• Battery, charging and starting
• Engine mechanical
• Powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks)
1. Oil Change – The standard rule is to have your engine’s oil changed every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, including a filter change. Depending on your vehicle’s driving conditions, the oil change can be extended to up to 7,500 miles. Some newer cars have sensors that alert you when it is time for an oil change.
2. Brakes – A good rule of thumb is to check the brakes at the 6,000 to 7,500 mile mark (when tires should be rotated). An unusual noise or a gentle tug on the steering wheel when stopping are also common warning signs it is time to check the brakes.
3. Coolant System – Check the coolant reservoir monthly (as well as the windshield washer reservoir) and top off as needed. Thoroughly flush coolant systems and replace with the appropriate antifreeze at least every two years to minimize metal deterioration and to keep the system flowing.
4. Battery – On the average, a car’s battery will last approximately 3 to 5 years.
As part of your vehicle’s regular maintenance, ask your mechanic to make sure the battery cover is in place and the battery is firmly anchored.
Clean the battery of corrosion, especially the electrical posts. Corrosion in the battery terminals may prevent your vehicle from starting.