Why should I do preventive maintenance?
The vehicle you have purchased transports your most precious possessions…yourself and your loved ones. To protect this investment, you should routinely perform low-cost preventive maintenance. Doing so could avoid high-cost repairs and the inconvenience associated with them. Beyond that, it provides the peace of mind knowing you and your family are traveling in a safe, well maintained vehicle.
What is preventive maintenance?
Preventive maintenance is defined as performing service before you break down. Some recommendations for services are:
- Changing your oil and filter every 3,000 miles
- Rotating your tires every other oil change
- Checking and changing your air filter every 15,000 miles
- Performing your 30,000 mile service every 30,000 miles
- Changing your timing belt at the manufactures recommended service interval
Batteries, Starters, and Alternators – What about them?
These are three components essential to your car operating. If any one of them are not working, your car is not moving! The good news is that all three can be tested to make sure they are in good working condition. They are particularly affected by cold weather so preventative maintenance is key to keeping you and your car running smoothly in the colder months.
Timing Belts – do I have one and do I care?
Not every car has a timing belt. If it does, you should check your owner’s manual for the recommended mileage replacement.
A timing belt is another essential part of your vehicle operating. When and if a timing belt breaks, your car will stop running right on the spot. On some cars it will cause serious engine damage resulting in a major expense.