Preventive maintenance is essential to increasing the life span of your vehicle. Not only does it work to rectify any current problems your vehicle has encountered, but it also helps prevent further damage from occurring in the future. It is also very necessary for your vehicle to run safely and efficiently. As a vehicle owner it is vitally important that you are carrying out a routine maintenance schedule. Unfortunately, many vehicle owners fail to perform necessary maintenance tasks.
A regular maintenance schedule is as important to your car as regular doctor visits are to us. By neglecting proper maintenance on your car or SUV, you leave your vehicle vulnerable to more serious problems that could cost you thousands in future repairs . So what items need to be maintained regularly?
Check your car’s manual, but AAA recommends the following:
#1 – Have your oil checked regularly and change it at the recommended intervals. This is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to keep your engine running well. Also make certain the filter is changed as well.
#2 – Have your coolant changed at least once a year. Also have the entire system flushed when you do so. Flushing the system will help keep the engine from overheating and prevent debris from sticking to the interior of the system.
#3 – Make sure your transmission fluid and your differential fluids are at the recommended intervals. These liquids may not need to be changed as frequently as your oil, but they still require service at specific times or after driving a certain distance.
#4 – Keep your car clean by washing off the underside of your vehicle and all around the wheels. Doing so will help knock off anything that has gotten stuck to the axle, back of the tires, and on other parts of the undercarriage.
#5 – Make sure your mechanic lubricates every required part of your engine and the rest of your vehicle regularly. Without proper grease to keep them moving, parts can seize up or rub against each other until they’re too worn to function.
#6 – Put down a coat of wax on your car, two times a year to keep it looking amazing. The wax will provide an extra layer of sealant over your car’s paint, preventing chipping and keeping it looking shiny and new.
#7 – Watch where you park. By parking in the shade and putting up a sun screen in your windshield, you will help keep the interior of your car looking great. You may also want to put down a layer of UV protection over the vinyl and plastic on the interior to help keep it from developing cracks. Don’t forget to keep your car clean, too—nothing leaves your car looking worse that garbage all over it!
#8 – Have your bearings cleaned and repacked on the wheels using the correct grease according to the time frame outlined in your owner’s manual. It’s much easier and cheaper to do this than it is to replace the parts.
#9 – Be sure to have your brake system flushed and replace the brake fluid annually. The fluid actually attracts moisture, and that can lead to corrosion forming within the brake system. Prevent this by regularly maintaining the system.
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