We all know that it is best to schedule regular preventative maintenance services for your vehicle. These services will not only help to make sure that your vehicle maintains a stronger value and lasts longer but also drives safely and efficiently. That being said, what are the preventative maintenance services for your vehicle that you should be keeping up on and scheduling at regular intervals?
Preventative Maintenance Services For Your Vehicle
Regular Oil Changes-
If you haven’t already read our last article on oil changes check it out! Regular oil changes are crucial for your vehicle’s overall health. After timepieces of metal, dirt & debris can mix in with your engine oil causing harm to your engine and potential issues. It is best to schedule an oil change or do one yourself about every 3,000 miles. You can always look at your owner’s manual as well to see what the vehicle manufacturer suggests.
Your car battery is generally an afterthought until it leaves you stuck and doesn’t want to work. Regularly checking your battery can help you to find issues BEFORE you get stuck. Car batteries will usually last 1-2 years depending on the battery & the conditions it may be exposed to.
Transmission Inspection & Flush-
Your transmission is the meat and potatoes of your vehicle. If your transmission is not working your car is not working. Your transmission is also probably the most expensive engine component to fix. That is why it is best to schedule regular transmission inspections as well as a transmission flush. You can look at your owner’s manual and also speak with your trusted mechanic on when is the best time to flush your vehicle’s transmission.
Belt Checks & Changes-
Your belts are a very important part of your vehicle and play a big role in the way your vehicle performs or doesn’t perform! Fan belt, drive belt, power steering belt & timing belt are all the belts in your vehicle that are exposed to wear & tear on a daily basis. While it is usually suggested that you change your timing belt at 60,000 miles it is always a good idea to regularly inspect your belts and change them as needed.
Speak with your mechanic about preventative maintenance service for your vehicle and look at your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer suggests. Maintaining your vehicle’s health is similar to maintaining your own health. When both are taken care of properly you increase longevity and both function better with fewer issues!