We all know that car repairs can get really expensive, and there is no worse disaster than having a breakdown during bad weather. A way to prevent that dreaded situation is some auto repair maintenance tips. 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, you might void some manufacturer warranties and/or insurance claims.
OUR TOP AUTO REPAIR MAINTENANCE TIPS
These are the top routine maintenance items you should take care of to prevent breakdowns and improve the longevity of your vehicle:
CHECK THE OIL
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.
CHECK THE TRANSMISSION FLUID
Transmission fluid is the equivalent of your car’s blood. It can’t run successfully without it, and attempting to do so will ruin your transmission which destroys your car. Because transmission fluid deteriorates over time, you need to have it 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 clean coolant and a well-running car or truck. Generally, auto manufacturers and technicians recommend getting a coolant flush every 30,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on your specific vehicle.
CHECK THE BRAKE FLUID
Brake fluid can absorb water over time, so you should regularly have it checked to make sure it does not need to be replaced or refilled. A professional technician can tell a lot about the condition and problems in a vehicle’s braking system by the condition of the brake fluid.
INSPECT YOUR AIR FILTERS
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.
ROTATE YOUR TIRES
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 AUTO REPAIR 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 your auto maintenance and repair needs. Visit the A&R Complete Auto Care website to make an appointment today!