Care Care Tips
An automobile is an expensive investment. It is wise to protect that investment with some routine preventative car maintenance. Preventative car maintenance can keep minor issues from turning into costly auto repair expenses and keep your vehicle running more efficiently. The frequency and specific type of car maintenance depends on many factors including the specific make, model, and year of the vehicle, driving conditions, driving habits, climate, age of vehicle, modifications, etc.
As always, check your owner’s manual and with a trusted mechanic regarding the specifics of how frequently maintenance should be performed on your specific vehicle. The following Car Care Tips provide some suggestions as to the types of maintenance to consider on a regular basis.
The filter should be replaced any time you do an oil change. Oil level and condition should be checked every few months, more often if there are problems. Dirty or oil that has lost its protective qualities can result in major auto repair.
TUNE-UP OR ENGINE PERFORMANCE MAINTENANCE
Exactly what this car maintenance entails will vary depending on the vehicle. Generally speaking it should include a check of the condition and level of fluids, battery inspection & cleaning, oil change, replace air filter, replace fuel filter, replace spark plugs, inspect plug wires, check valves & adjust if necessary, replace bad gaskets, check and replace belts and hoses.
Older vehicles should include replacing the distributor cap and rotor, replacing PCV valve, and checking/adjusting the timing. Newer vehicles, with electronic ignition, should include electronic diagnostics to identify problem areas, and replacement of sensors & modules that are not functioning properly.
Check that brakes are functioning properly, check fluid and master cylinder as well as hoses as well as the components of the brakes themselves.
A transmission inspection includes checking the condition and level of your vehicle’s transmission fluid, taking your vehicle for a road test to determine shift points and shift quality, and external transmission control diagnosis. Upon evaluating the condition of the transmission any suggested car maintenance or auto repair will be recommended.
COOLANT SYSTEM INSPECTION
Check the radiator, radiator cap, condition and level of coolant, evaluate the effectiveness of the coolant, and check for leaks or damage. A malfunctioning cooling system can destroy the engine.
Check the shock absorbers and various spring devices (coil & leaf springs, torsion bar), and struts. Checking the suspension of a vehicle is more than merely a comfort issue, the suspension also prevents damage and undue wear on a vehicle as well as providing safety by maintaining more stability.