Keeping Your Car Running
General Maintenance For Your Vehicle
When you’re speaking with your vehicle technician about maintenance, they’ll be able to give you a personalized plan of services to bring your vehicle back to peak performance. On almost all vehicles, several of these services will be the same because they concern every vehicle and require regular attention.
Don’t Postpone Oil Changes: The reason oil changes are the most well-known maintenance service is that they are an easy way to make a big difference in your vehicle. Because your oil provides lubrication to various essential engine parts, when it begins to grow old and thicken, all of those engine parts become more and more likely to become damaged. That lubrication prevents vital engine parts from creating too much friction when they interact. Overheating is the main issue with aging oil, and it is why oil changes are so important.
Perform Regular Tire Checks: Because your tires are literally where the rubber meets the road, making sure they maintain the ideal pressure and alignment ensures the best vehicle performance. Under-filled tires will contact the road at the wrong points on the tread and create more than normal damage. Over-filled tires tend to bow and create a smaller area of contact with the road, so you have less control.
Change Your Brake Pads: Your brakes take a lot of wear daily. Even if you aren’t braking hard in an emergency, braking in regular traffic and for stop lights is still enough to smooth your brake pads over time. This is a safety concern because it directly affects your ability to control your vehicle and avoid hazards. If you begin noticing that it’s taking longer for your brakes to bring your vehicle to stop, it may be time to change your brake pads, and you’ll notice a big difference!
While we are talking about brake health, good braking habits are also essential. Make sure you give enough distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you so you can brake if you need to respond to their actions. When you’re in traffic, stopping and starting, try not to rest your foot on the brake when you are coasting. This causes unnecessary wear on your brakes when you aren’t trying to brake.
Staying on top of your vehicle maintenance shouldn’t be a hassle, so making sure you keep in mind the most vital services is important.