April 8, 2013 - Though your car may be running in excellent shape and presents no obvious warning signs that prompt you to have it serviced – regular routine maintenance needs to be performed to make sure that your car is continuously running in top notch condition.
Procedures such as oil changes, tune-ups, and tire balancing and rotation need to be performed regularly to help ensure that your automobile is both running properly, and to give your auto mechanic an opportunity to spot any other potential problems that may occur.
The practice of keeping up with regular routine maintenance on your car can actually save money on costly, major repairs in the long run. Here are some of the most common routine maintenance procedures you can have done to ensure that you’re getting the best performance from your vehicle.
Generally, an oil change is recommended every 3,000 miles or 3 months – whichever comes first. During an oil change, your oil and air filters may be replaced as well. Please refer to your owner’s manual for specific suggestions as to when you should have your vehicle’s engine oil and oil filter changed.
Fluids should be checked and topped up regularly to make sure that your car operates properly. Power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, and windshield wiper fluids are the most common fluids where levels need to be checked and maintained.
A periodic tune-up is necessary to make sure that your car is in top performance. Spark plugs are replaced, the fuel filter is changed, fluids are topped-up and replaced if necessary, and hoses and belts are inspected. A tune-up should be performed approximately every 30,000 miles, however consult your car’s owner’s manual to be sure.
Tire Balance and Rotation
Tires should be rotated and balanced approximately every 5,000 miles to ensure that you’re getting the safest, smoothest ride. In addition to balancing and rotation, wheel alignment should be checked as well as tire pressure to enhance safety while driving.