Vehicle Preventative Maintenance You Should Perform Every Year

February 4, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

At least a couple times a year, you should spend some quality time inspecting your vehicle’s condition and the performance of some of its key systems. At the very least, consider taking your vehicle to a professional mechanic if you are not comfortable inspecting it yourself.

These routine inspections allow you to catch potential vulnerabilities or inefficiencies and fix them before they turn into larger, more expensive issues. You’ll be able to keep your vehicle in good condition for a longer time, while operating at peak efficiency.

Here’s a quick look at the tasks that should be on your vehicle maintenance checklist:

  • Oil change: Today’s oil generally does not need to be changed as frequently as it did in the not-so-distant past, when the rule was every three months or every 3,000 miles. You should check your vehicle’s guidebook, but most of the time, oil changes should be made after 5,000 or 7,000 miles. Depending on the vehicle and type of oil, you may be able to go as long as 10,000 miles. In any case, changing the oil is important to prevent dirty oil from contaminating the engine and causing components inside it to stop functioning properly.
  • Check your battery: Over time, a battery can experience leaks, buildups and various other problems that could prevent it from holding a charge or even starting up the vehicle. Keep the battery clean, and replace when necessary to prevent your vehicle from breaking down.
  • Check the brakes: This is especially important to do before winter when you’re more likely to be dealing with slippery roads. Inspect your brakes, and make sure the rotors, calipers, drums and brake pads are all in good condition. If it’s been a while since you replaced your brake pads, consider doing so now.
  • Inspect your tires: Your tires are what hold traction between your vehicle and the road. You need to make sure they stay in good condition. If the tread wears down past a certain point, you will need to replace them, otherwise you will have issues with slipping and sliding. You should also regularly check the air pressure in your tires and keep it within the ideal range for your vehicle operation. Low air pressure could result in inefficient vehicle operation.
  • Heating and cooling: Check your heating and air-conditioning systems before the winter and summer, respectively, to make sure they’re operating as needed so you can stay comfortable during periods of extreme temperatures. Check for leaking fluids or blockages in the vents, and make any necessary repairs to the system.
  • Inspect the timing belt: The timing belt is a strap that connects the camshaft to the crankshaft and controls the movement of the camshaft and pistons to prevent components in the engine from contacting each other and creating unwanted friction. If the timing belt is either worn down or malfunctioning, you’re likely to hear grinding noises in the vehicle.

Want to know what else should be on your vehicle maintenance checklist? Contact our vehicle preventative maintenance team at Gene’s 112 Auto Service Center, Inc.

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