Regular car maintenance is considered to be one of the best things a car owner can do to keep the engine and other parts of the vehicle running well. This also helps save money on repairs. What is preventative maintenance? What needs to be done? We have some answers for you below.
Ignoring maintenance can kill a healthy engine. Neglecting regular transmission oil changes and replacement of spark plugs, and leaving squeaking brakes and clunking sounds to chance may total your vehicle before its time.
To prevent costly repairs, check out the following checklist for basic regular car maintenance and keep your ride happy and healthy:
- Read the car’s owner manual. It contains important information, including safety precautions. If you lost it, visit the manufacturer’s official website and request a new manual via email.
- Regularly check the level and quality of all the fluids (transmission, coolant, engine oil, etc.). Top up if the fluid level is low, or replace it when you’ve reached a certain mileage (or it becomes dirty). A great mechanic or shop can monitor fluids for you.
- Remember the maintenance schedule. Certain parts need to be serviced or replaced at certain intervals.
- Replace air filters to help improve your car’s fuel economy and acceleration.
- Check tire pressure to reduce the wear and tear on the tires and get regular realignment.
- Change windscreen wipers if they do not clean properly. Your windshield should always be clear, especially during inclement weather, to avoid accidents.
- Wash and wax the car regularly to keep its finish shiny and protect it from corrosion.
- Check the battery for leaks and mineral buildup on the contact. Use a battery cleaning brush to get rid of any buildup. Have a mechanic check the health of the battery.
- Get regular “checkups” from your professional technician.
Not every car owner can handle maintenance on their own. Allow Gerry’s Automotive to conduct a thorough car inspection and provide you with an accurate analysis of your system’s condition. Please contact us at (604) 826-0519 for more information.