General preventative maintenance is something that is required in order to maintain your vehicle’s performance and prolong its life. Although some may think that their local mechanic should handle everything, there are a few tasks that you can do to make sure your vehicle lasts in between check-ups. By performing these simple tasks, you’re taking the first steps to properly caring for your vehicle!
Engine oil is responsible for properly lubricating the components within your engine and keeping it clean. As the engine oil gets older and more worn, it starts to lose some of its usefulness. If left unchanged, this same oil can eventually cause trouble for your engine, so it’s important that you change the engine oil on a consistent basis.
Wondering what mile or time intervals your vehicle should follow? Check your vehicle’s manufacturer’s guide, which will have the specific intervals listed and even inform you of what oil your vehicle should be using!
This is especially important when the weather changes, as the fluctuating temperatures can greatly increase or reduce your tire’s PSI level. To check your tire PSI, you can either purchase a gauge from a local auto parts store or visit a gas station with a tire pressure machine. You’ll want to make sure that the tires are within 30-35 PSI. Anything lower than that can damage your tires and require your vehicle to work harder, which will burn more fuel. Anything higher can leave the tires susceptible to exploding, especially when temperatures are high.
The brakes play a huge role in keeping you, your passengers, and other drivers safe while driving your vehicle. Your brakes shouldn’t have any sound to them while in use, and if they do then there may be something wrong. Two sounds to keep in mind is squealing/screeching and grinding . If you hear squealing/screeching , this indicates that your brakes are past the minimal level of thickness and they will need new brake pads soon. If you hear grinding , this indicates that your brake pads have completely worn out and the metal calipers are now making contact with your brake disc. This could cause significant damage to your brake rotor and you’ll be facing an expensive repair or replacement if left unattended.