We all know that car repairs can get really expensive, and there is no worse disaster than having a breakdown during bad weather. The way to prevent that dreaded situation is with good overall care and maintenance of your vehicle. In general, most vehicles will need routine maintenance of some sort every 5,000 miles or so.
It is good to get acquainted with your car or truck’s owner’s manual, as it will give you the best guidelines as to when you should have your specific vehicle serviced. It is also important to note that if you do not maintain the regularly needed maintenance of your vehicle that may cause any warranties or insurance claims you have to be voided.
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These are the top routine maintenance items you should have taken care of in order to prevent breakdowns and improve the longevity of your vehicle:
Have the Oil Checked
It is important to get the oil in your car checked around every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Not only will a professional be able to tell you when your oil needs changed, but the condition of the oil can also help to diagnose other issues your car or truck may be having.
Replace the Timing Belt
If your timing belt (or in some cases, timing chain) breaks, your engine simply will not work. The only way to prevent this is by having your timing belt replaced at regularly scheduled intervals, which for most vehicles is between 50,000 and 100,000 miles.
Have the Transmission Fluid Checked
Transmission fluid is the equivalent of your car’s blood. It can not run successfully without it, and attempting to do so will ruin your transmission which destroys your car. Because transmission fluid deteriorates over time, it needs to be checked regularly.
Get a Coolant Flush
Many vehicle owners have this done seasonally. This process will flush out and clean your radiator leaving you with a clean coolant and a well-running car or truck. Generally, this is recommended every 30,000 to 100,000 miles depending on your specific vehicle.
Have the Brake Fluid Checked
Brake fluid can absorb water over time and should be checked to make sure it does not need to be replaced or refilled. Like having your oil checked, a professional can tell a lot about the conditions and problems in a vehicle’s braking system by the condition of the brake fluid.
Have Your Air Filters Checked
It is always a good idea to make sure that your engine’s air filters are clean. You can have them checked and changed with your other regularly scheduled auto maintenance.
Have Your Tires Rotated
Having your tires rotated and their air pressure checked. This ensures even wear and tear on them and makes getting a flat less likely. It will also give you better gas mileage.
Schedule Needed Auto Maintenance Now
Don’t let a little problem become a catastrophe. Take care of your auto maintenance now. A&R Complete Auto Care can handle all of your auto maintenance and repair needs. Visit the A&R Complete Auto Care website to make an appointment today!