Regular maintenance is something that is often overlooked by many car owners. Completing just your factory-scheduled maintenance is not enough. While it is easy to put off these important tasks, due to advanced technology and improper knowledge, it is not in your best interest. For example, many vehicles used to require an oil change every 3,000 miles or so. Now you can wait anywhere from 5,000 miles, 7,500 miles, and even 10,000 miles. Another example is your tire pressure sensor. The tire pressure sensor only alerts you when tire pressure is dangerously low. That is why you should monitor your tire pressure monthly to ensure proper inflation. Taking just a few precautions can save you both time and money. Below I have put together a brief checklist to help you keep track of these maintenance intervals. Simply walking around your vehicle and checking everything out takes just a few minutes, and those few minutes can save you both time and money.
While the above checklist is just your basic guideline. If you follow these tips you can find problems before they become worse, plan for necessary maintenance or repairs, and avoid breakdowns. For instance, belts and hoses have a short lifespan; so inspecting them every 3 months could keep your vehicle off the side of the road. If you are not sure how to check some of the items listed above stop by the shop anytime and one of our ASE Certified Technicians will show you what to look for and where to find everything. Don’t get caught unaware. Stay on top on you regular car maintenance.