Tips for Vehicle Maintenance

Most of the time, car failures of certain parts does not happen by accident and could be prevented with proper periodic maintenance and inspections.

A full inspection of a car is not always necessary and, with some knowledge, anyone can do it. Here are some tips to consider:

Oil Change

If the vehicle is used for long distance driving (“highway miles”), it is recommended to change the oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, this is because the efficiency of the oil is impacted by driving style and roads.

Filters

Clogged filter prevents the car from properly cooling in the summer heat and reduces the dehumidification efficiency during the cold periods. The fuel filter reduces power, increases the load on the fuel pump, and thus reduces its service life. This is why the filters should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year.

Drive Belts

Check the tightness and wear condition of the drive belts at least every 50,000 miles. Replacing them could be a complex task that should not be neglected at all. Do not overlook this item because if the the timing belt breaks, it can even lead to irreversible damage to the car’s engine.

Brake System and Fluid

It’s important the fluid has a strong moisture-binding capacity. The brake cylinders can be destroyed as a result of corrosion when the vapor stays trapped and this could eventually ruin the brake cylinders, leading to brake fluid leakage. The replacement of the entire unit can be way too expensive while the replacement of a brake is definitely more affordable.

Using antifreeze for your vehicle guarantees lubrication of the water pump and prevents the radiator from rusting. It is recommended to replace the antifreeze every year. In addition, it is important to choose the right type of antifreeze according to your vehicle’s engine, make/model, and mileage. Running with no antifreeze can lead to the failure of the water pump.

2022-02-23T16:42:54+00:00