There is nothing more frustrating than having a problem with your vehicle that warrants an immediate repair. Without regular maintenance, the repairs that you face with your vehicle will be incredibly costly and imperative. You won’t be able to put it off. Thankfully, you can keep your car running like new if you adhere to the regular factory recommended services for your vehicle.
Just like maintaining good health habits, routine maintenance can be difficult to get into at the beginning. Many people put it off simply because it’s time-consuming, inconvenience, and not something they want to do. This is especially true for people who are on a tight budget. It can be tempting to skip routine maintenance or reschedule your appointments, but if you choose to skip car maintenance it can have long-term consequences.
Even if you are lucky enough to avoid getting into a car accident, skipping your recommended factory maintenance services can take years off the lifespan of your vehicle. Consider that the average vehicle is able to drive a total of 200,000 miles over the course of its lifetime. However, if you don’t properly take care of your vehicle, you drop that to 150,000 miles or less. In essence you knocked 25% off the durability of your vehicle by avoiding factory recommended services.
The first thing you want to take care of is your engine. Your engine is the heart of your vehicle, the most important component. If you have any type of engine problem it could put you and your passengers in serious danger. If your car is not performing properly because of an engine problem it’s going to be effectively useless. Even a small engine problem can equal a big issue, so make sure your engine gets checked every year in accordance with your factory recommended services. Always make sure the transmission gets checked out at the same time, otherwise you might get stuck on the road.
The next most important things to have checked in accordance with your factory recommended service settings is the brakes. Your brakes are essential to stopping your vehicle and you should check them whenever you undergo regular maintenance. Healthy brakes will guarantee better safety on the road. It is important that you have a repair expert flush your brake system at least once every 2 years. Remember that brake fluid will absorb moisture in the air, and over time this can contaminate the brake fluid and eventually cause brake failure. Having a mechanic check over your brake fluid and your brake pads regularly can alleviate many common issues.
Tires physically get you from point A to point B. They maximize your fuel economy and keep you safe. Faulty or damaged tires are one of the main causes of car accidents in the United States. Even a small problem with your tires can turn into a large risk. Tire pressure should be checked at least once per month, and if you can schedule it, once per week. Remember that even a small puncture can cause serious damage, but you might not notice it for a while. You should have your tires rotated from time to time by a professional in accordance with your factory recommended service. Your tires tend to wear out rather unevenly, and having them rotated helps to combat this. It is recommended that you have your tires rotated at least every 6 months or at a maximum of 6,000 miles.
While they may not be the most important components your vehicle, there things that are important to have examined on a regular basis. Your cooling system is one of these components. The cooling system prevent your car from overheating and it is important to have your vehicle flushed with engine coolant and to make sure the internal components are properly lubricated every 3 years by a professional.
You should have your transmission fluid looked at every 50,000 miles and replaced entirely. Every 15,000 miles you should also flush your front differential, rear differential, and transfer case.
If you are ready to schedule your factory recommended services, call us at St. Matthews Import. We offer a home base in Louisville, KY with multiple locations throughout the area. Call or stop by today to make an appointment for your factory recommended service!