We have all been told that keeping up with our vehicle’s maintenance is important. While there are several service reminders that you will need to do. By keeping up with these maintenance tasks, you can help keep your vehicle operating safely and reliably for years to come.
The Oil in your Vehicle is Important
It has been said that oil is the life blood of your engine for your vehicle. Oil is what keeps your engine’s parts rotating smoothly and working properly. Over time, exhaust gasses from the cylinders and even small bits of metal will contaminate the oil and reduce its effectiveness. Heat from the engine also breaks down the oil. Just like any other fluid, heat will reduce the viscosity or thickness of the oil. If the oil becomes too thin, it will not lubricate the engine as well as it should, and parts wear out faster. To know how long your particular vehicle can go between oil changes you should consult your owner’s manual. Many newer vehicles even have a complex monitoring system that evaluates your driving habits and various aspects of your oil to determine how long your oil will last. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can advise you on the proper oil change schedule.
Do Not Forget about the Brake Pads
Obviously brakes are important, but important does not mean complex. How often you need to change your brake pads varies based on your driving style, the type of driving you do, the weight of your vehicle, the quality of the brake pads, and the condition of your brake rotors. Obviously, if you drive aggressively you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker than normal. If you drive in a hilly area or in constant stop and go traffic, you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker than normal. If the brake pads start to wear out they will eventually wear against the brake rotors. When they eventually make contact with each other you will hear a slight screeching or scraping sound.
Make sure to Inspect the Tires
Tires, like brake pads, have built in wear indicators. Between the treads, there are these tiny little ridges that are 1/16 an inch high. When the tread gets even with these ridges, it is time to get new rubber. In case you were wondering, the ridges are 1/16 of an inch because that is the minimum safe tread depth for a road going tire. This is also the minimum safe tread depth allowed by law in many states. Check your tires every month or so for wear and damage. It only takes a minute. Run your hand over the tread, especially on the inner and outer edges. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. You should also bring your vehicle in for regular tire inspections. We can advise you for when the tires should be rotated or aligned.