The key to prolonging your car's value and efficiency is none other than preventive maintenance. A well maintained car runs better, gives better fuel economy, and has fewer breakdowns. But first you need to get the timing of preventive maintenance right. When it is the right time for you to get your car serviced?
We recommend sticking to the factory service interval unless you are driving in extreme conditions.
The basics of preventive maintenance include changing oil, checking tire pressure and getting inspections done as scheduled. Scheduled inspections are meant to detect a problem before it becomes serious. Diagnosing a problem early can save you thousands of dollars in expensive repairs.
INSPECT THE CAR YOURSELF PERIODICALLY
Your service manual suggests periodical checks to catch anything that looks malfunctioning. Simple checks include making sure all the lights are working, checking air pressure with an air pressure gauge, and listening for any strange sounds coming out of the car.
Regardless of the inspection schedule specified in your service manual, your car needs preventive maintenance when:
- There is a leakage of coolant, antifreeze or even wiper fluid
- The oil looks muddy
- It is a struggle for you to keep the car straight when driving
- The engine air filter is dirty (check it regularly if you drive your car in heavy traffic)
If you find anything odd, it is advisable to get it inspected. Below is a partial list of the preventive services we perform:
- Oil and Filter Change
- Transmission Fluid / Filter
- Battery / Charging Check
- Vehicle Alignment
- Brake System Flush
- Power Steering Fluid Flush
- Emissions System Check
- Air Condition Check
- Cooling System Flush
- Cabin Air Filter Exchange
- Tire Rotation
- Check Belts & Hoses