You’ve probably heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. The same is true with vehicles – except you’ll be giving your car some extra loving care in the form of preventative maintenance, not fruit.
Benefits of Preventative Maintenance
Many people believe in the philosophy of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. While that may be true for some things in life, it doesn’t always apply to vehicles. In fact, we believe that if you don’t properly maintain your vehicle, you’ll have to fix it sooner than later, often at a greater cost. Here are just a few of the benefits of preventative maintenance:
- Prevent major repairs – Replacement or repair of seemingly insignificant parts can often prevent a larger or more expensive part from failing later on. Periodic inspections can also catch part failure in its beginning stages, allowing it to be repaired instead of replaced, and keeping you from getting stranded with a breakdown on the road.
- Extend your vehicle’s life – Owning a vehicle is one of the largest investments many people make. It makes sense, then, to protect it and make it last as long as possible. This is exactly what preventative maintenance will do.
- Maintain your vehicle’s resale value – When a vehicle is well cared for, it is more likely to sell for a higher price when you’re ready to trade it in for something else, and you’ll likely have more people interested in purchasing it.
Top 10 Preventative Maintenance Items
The Car Care Council recommends these maintenance items be regularly performed in order to preserve the safety and optimal functioning of your vehicle:
- Check fluids and filters and replace as needed – this includes oil, brake and transmission fluid, cabin and oil filters, and more.
- Inspect hoses and belts – follow manufacturer recommendations for intervals at which they should be changed, but periodic inspection of these parts can reveal whether or not they should be repaired or replaced sooner.
- Check the entire braking system regularly – including rotors, pads, and drums, and replace according to manufacturer recommendations or based on inspection results.
- Check battery cables and connectors
- Inspect exhaust system for leaks – if any are found, they should be fixed as soon as possible.
- Schedule a tune-up with your trusted auto repair shop – A tuned up engine will run smoother and help you maximize gas mileage.
- Check heating, A/C, and ventilation systems
- Inspect steering and suspension systems – failure of any of these parts, including shocks, struts, and tie rod ends can affect both riding comfort and safety.
- Check tires – pressure, treads, and alignment.
- Inspect exterior safety items – windshield wipers and headlights and replace as needed.
Your vehicle’s health is in your hands
Since your vehicle can’t talk, it’s relying on you as its owner to take care of it, pay attention to anything that seems out of place, and take it to the car doctor (a.k.a. auto repair shop) when needed. Let us help you to follow the preventative maintenance list above and your vehicle will be good and healthy for a long time to come!