Don’t Skip These Preventive Maintenance Items
Taking care of your vehicle is a lot like taking care of your own health. Everyone knows that it’s better to address a problem either before it starts or when it’s still at Stage 1, rather than waiting until it’s at Stage 5 and it’s a lot more complex and expensive to fix. These are all preventive maintenance items you shouldn’t just blow off when it comes to your vehicle:
Oil changes: Just like your dad told you, make sure you have that oil changed at regular intervals. Oil changes mean that the inside of your engine stays free of carbon or sludge buildups, and a clean engine means a reduction in wear and a longer service life. Conventional oil should be changed about every 5,000 miles, while synthetic oil can go 10-12,000 miles (check owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations).
Air filter: Your engine needs filtration so the fuel system doesn’t ingest pollen, dust, dirt and other particulates that will cause problems. The air filter traps these contaminants in its paper pleats, but when the filter becomes saturated it can literally smother the engine and affect power and fuel economy. Air filters are cheap and easy to replace!
Cooling system: Coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. While it contains anticorrosion agents, coolant still loses its effectiveness over time and corrosion can still build up. If you’re not sure how long it’s been since your cooling system was serviced, we can easily check the condition and specific gravity of the coolant with a hygrometer and make recommendations on whether it’s time to flush and refill.
Brakes: You step on the brake pedal and your car comes to a stop. It’s pretty easy to take that for granted, but your brake pads’ thickness should be checked at least twice a year.
Tires: This is another easy one to take for granted. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles – many people prefer to do a rotation at the same time as an oil change – and they should regularly be inspected for wear, damage, and proper inflation level.
How diligent are you about preventive maintenance? Make an appointment with us at American Tire Company and let’s get you set up on a regular maintenance schedule!