Outside of a house, vehicles are the next largest investment that most individuals make. They take the time to choose the right manufacturer, the right model, and even the right color. After making a down payment, they drive away, expecting the car to last for many years to come.
This is not an unreasonable expectation. Today’s cars are built to last. However, it is possible to increase the life of a car by taking care of regular maintenance and service as suggested by the manufacturer. These recommendations are laid out so that a vehicle can be kept in the best working order possible. But maintenance doesn’t just happen by itself. Vehicle owners must make it a priority to care for the vehicle at standard intervals.
An oil change is one of the most frequent reasons for a visit to the dealership. The old oil needs to be removed from the vehicle and new oil needs to be added. Oil works to lubricate the different pieces of the power-train. Without lubrication, metal on metal grinding could take place, which typically results in costly repairs. By investing in the small cost of an oil change, drivers avoid long-term problems in the future.
As an engine works, it heats up. Drivers want to avoid overheating the engine at all costs. It leads to damage and could create problems in other parts of the vehicle. The cooling system in the engine should also be checked and serviced at different intervals. This is typically a yearly service that removes all of the existing coolant, cleans everything out, and then refills the vehicle with the necessary coolant.
Tires also need to be checked regularly. Tire rotations are good for the tires themselves as well as the vehicle. Tires tend to wear differently. Tires in the front tend to handle all of the steering and provide most of the pull for the vehicle. By rotating these tires, moving the front tires to the back and vice versa, the tires should wear evenly, ensuring that all four need to be replaced at the same time. Rotated tires ensure that the brake system functions properly and the vehicle drives well.
Each manufacturer sets its own maintenance schedule for various vehicles. With continued research, these intervals are set to change. For example, back in 2007, Ford decided to increase its oil change schedule to every 7,500 miles. This is just one reason why it is important to take the vehicle back to the dealership to handle all the maintenance and service.
In order to keep that brand new car running well, it is necessary to learn more about the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and adhere to it. By making these appointments and investing a small amount in the cost of maintenance, drivers could be saving themselves lots of money down the road.