Maintenance and service schedules are crucial for the longevity and performance of modern cars and SUVs. Regular maintenance and inspections can prevent costly repairs and ensure your vehicle runs smoothly for years to come. In this blog post, we’ll outline the essential maintenance tasks that will help you get the most out of your vehicle during its lifetime under your ownership.
Oil changes are one of the most critical maintenance tasks, and one of the cheapest ways to maintain your vehicle. We recommend performing an oil service every 7,500 miles or 6 months, whatever occurs first. We only recommend synthetic oil due to its superior performance and protection compared to conventional oil. Regular oil changes help to maintain proper engine lubrication, improve fuel economy, and reduce engine wear.
Tire rotations are another essential maintenance task for modern cars and SUVs. It’s recommended to rotate and balance your tires every 10,000 miles to ensure even wear and extend the life of your tires. Some vehicles have staggered tires and cannot be rotated. Uneven tire wear can cause handling issues, reduce fuel economy, and compromise your safety on the road.
Brake inspections are crucial for the safety and performance of your vehicle. It’s especially important to have EV brake systems checked, as they are not used as heavily as an ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle. It’s recommended to have your brakes inspected every 10,000-15,000 miles or sooner if you notice any unusual noises or vibrations. Regular brake inspections can help prevent brake system failure and ensure proper braking performance. Brake fluid is something that most driver’s don’t realize they need, but it needs to be changed bi-annually or when the moisture content is over 3%.
Air filters play a vital role in the performance and fuel efficiency. It’s recommended to replace your air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles (or sooner) if it’s visibly dirty. A clean air filter can improve engine performance, reduce emissions, and prevent engine damage.
Rearview cameras provide drivers with a clear view of the area behind their vehicle, making it easier to back up and park safely. In 1956 Buick Centurion concept car had an actual camera instead of a rear view mirror! Now all new cars are required to have them, per our Government regulations.
Battery checks are essential for the starting and charging systems to function correctly. It’s recommended to have your battery checked every 12 months or sooner if you notice any issues with starting or charging. A weak battery can cause starting issues, electrical system problems, and lead to costly repairs. Usually a battery lasts around 4 years reliably.
In conclusion, regular maintenance and inspections will ensure longevity and performance with your vehicle. Synthetic oil, tire rotations, brake inspections, air filter replacements, and battery checks are essential maintenance tasks to keep your vehicle running smoothly. It’s also recommended to perform maintenance sooner than manufacturer recommendations to ensure the vehicle lasts. If you’re unsure about the maintenance needs of your vehicle, consult the owner’s manual or a professional independent shop like us.
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