The saying “prevention is better than cure” applies not only to humans, but also man-made machines with cars being no exception. Preventive maintenance is the answer to increasing the life of a car, and it also adds to its value and on road efficiency. In addition, a well-maintained car always gives back in terms of fuel efficiency, drive quality and performance. Now the question is: how to go about it?
When it comes to preventive maintenance, covering all basic elements, such as engine oil, tire air pressure, car air conditioning service, headlights, etc. may not be enough. Here is a list of a few essential preventive measures that you need to follow.
Never let anyone but a certified mechanic perform any kind of an emissions test.
Oil and Filter Change
Oil and filter replacement almost always results in enhanced performance. This process needs to be performed regularly to ensure that the burned remnants of oil don’t damage the engine in the long run. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend an oil and filter change after 5000-7500 miles in normal condition, and at 2500-3500 miles in extreme conditions. The job demands professional expertise, so it is better left to a mechanic and will cost a vehicle owner a nominal $4-$10.
Transmission fluid and its filter need to be changed in order to facilitate smooth performance on the road. Car manufacturers recommend a change of fluid and its filter at 30,000 miles and in extreme conditions it will better to change the fluid after every 20,000 miles. The need for a change is also judged by the color of the liquid. Mechanics use a dipstick for the purpose and if the color comes out to be brown even before the specified time line, it means a change is needed.
A car battery is responsible for a smooth ignition and powering the electrical components of a car such as the headlights and stereo. Keeping the battery charged is imperative to ensure that the vehicle functions smoothly and it can be achieved by refreshing electrolyte levels. A car battery that is in constant use, lasts almost 5-6 years with proper preventive maintenance and fluid level checks.
Improper wheel alignment causes uneven tire wear. A smart money saving tip is to get the wheel alignment checked and balanced at frequent intervals. ideally, the alignment must be checked after every 6,000 miles or so, but must be done every time you feel the car is drifting in any particular direction. As far as the cost is concerned, expect to shell out anywhere between $20-$100, based on the type and make of the vehicle and the location.
Brake System Flush
Brakes need to function smoothly at all points of time. In fact, cars that don’t have an effective brake system spell disaster. Brake system flush completely cleans up the system and refuels it ensuring peak performance of all internal components and optimal lifespan of the system. Typically, brake fluid must be replaced after every 10,000-20,000 miles depending on the car model. Logical action is to stick to the car manual because every company has a different rule.
Preventive maintenance is imperative to get optimal lifespan and performance from your car. If you own, you need to take care of it and that too at regular intervals. Mechanical parts in the car follow some rules, like the AC unit needs a proper car air conditioning service every change in season, else it might fail to deliver its peak performance. To learn more about how you can keep trouble at bay, feel free to speak with one of our maintenance consultants.