If you look in your vehicle’s manual, there are enough service reminders to blow your mind and make you want to throw the book against the wall. Modern cars do not require as much attention as they did over 60 years ago. Do not let that give you a false security. There are still several things and areas you need to keep up with. There are four main maintenance items you need to pay attention to: air filter, oil, tires and brake pads.
Oil is the life blood of your car’s engine. Oil is what keeps your engine parts running smoothly and rotating properly. Over time small bits of metal can contaminate the oil and reduce its effectiveness. Heat can cause the oil to break down. Heat will reduce the thickness of the oil just like it does with any other fluid. If it becomes too thin, the oil cannot lubricate the engine as well. Consult your manual on how long the particular vehicle can go between oil changes.
Air filters easily become clogged with dirt and dust. If you allow it to stay clogged it can reduce your horse power and your gas mileage. It might even cause your engine to run rough and stall out. The frequency of which you will need to change your air filter varies on how many miles you drive each year and the atmospheric conditions.
Many people take the word of any mechanic or dealership when it comes brake pads. Once you hear a scrape, you know it’s time to change the pad. You change your break pads based on your style of driving. If it sounds like a grinding noise you need to change them immediately. If you do not change them soon after you discover the grinding noise, you can damage your rotors which in the end can make your brakes less effective and cost you more money.
Just like everything else we have listed, the life of your tires varies too. Most tires are rated for between 40,000 and 50,000 miles. Cars get sold, tires go flat, and other problems contribute to premature wear. Check your tires every month for damage and wear. Run your hands over the tread especially the inner and outer edges and if you feel anything uneven get your tires checked out by a reputable tire shop such as Transmission Fortworth.
There are other parts on your car that will require maintenance. Various engines, brushings, bearings, and engine components all need touching up from time to time. Some can be ignored for a while, practically forever. Keeping the parts listed above at the top of our list will keep your vehicle on the road longer and keep you safer.