Taking care of your car is your responsibility. If you do it, then you’d also be taking care of yourself by lowering the risk of meeting an accident due to faulty vehicles. Taking care of your car means properly maintaining it. Although you know the basic car care, taking it to the auto shops for maintenance checks should still be done. Following your maintenance schedule will help figure out the problem as early as possible.
Your Car Maintenance Schedule
How often you have your car checked and maintained can usually be found in the manual. Some people even consult online sources to determine which schedule fits them most. Car manufacturers know the vehicles and would give a suggested timeline as to when it needs to be maintained.
The interval between maintenance checks and what services would be provided will depend on several factors like the car’s make and model, the mileage and the months it has already been driven. Usually, manufacturers suggest having the car maintained once it hits the 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000-mile marks.
Although maintenance checks are still advised even if it hasn’t reached those marks, reaching those certain miles are significant and servicing is needed. For such marks, the following services are usually done:
- Change the engine air filter
- Change engine oil and replace the filter
- Rotate the tires
- Inspection of hoses as well as the cooling system
- Inspection of the rotors, brake pads, and brake lines
- Inspection of the steering linkage, boots, and gears
- Inspection of the exhaust system
Factors That Affects Your Car Maintenance Schedule
The schedule of your car’s maintenance can depend on a variety of factors. Some cars will benefit well from more frequent visits because of how they are used. The factors that can affect that include the following:
- Driving style of the driver/s – Are you the only one who drives the car? If you are, then you should know your driving style affects how often you need to take your car for maintenance checks. If you are the type that pumps the brakes on the road, then your car may be in need of more frequent maintenance checks.
- The type of road you drive in – City dwellers who usually drive in a stop-and-go situation are in need of more frequent car maintenance. On the other hand, if you tend to drive on muddy, sandy or dusty roads, your car needs better care when driving through them.
- The climate your car is exposed in – Cars that are exposed to climates that are mostly below freezing or in the presence of heavy snow may also be in need of more frequent maintenance checks.
Reasons To Stick To Your Car’s Maintenance Schedule
It can be difficult for some people to stick to their car’s maintenance schedule. Some don’t bring them in until they notice something is wrong. However, that isn’t good practice. Being consistent with car maintenance will yield some fruitful benefits such as the following:
Repair Costs Are Minimized
Just like your health, when it comes to cars, prevention is better than having it repaired. It is also more cost-effective and easier on the budget. If you tend to miss your maintenance schedules, you can expect to have some part of your car repaired or replaced in the near future. If unfortunately, that part of your car is the engine, then you can expect a very high cost.
Car parts, such as the engine will last longer with regular maintenance. Maintenance helps it to function properly and efficiently while lengthening its life. Don’t make the mistake of taking your car’s maintenance foregranted because you wanted to save some money on the scheduled service it needs to receive. You’ll end up spending more with repairs and replacements.
Breakdowns Are Avoided
Proper care for the car through regular maintenance helps the various parts to function properly. This means there is a lesser risk of having a surprise breakdown. Unexpected breakdowns can be very dangerous too because they can cause an accident or collision.
Take your tires for example. If you don’t regularly maintain them and check for proper air pressure, they can blowout and cause you to become unstable and difficult to control.
Prevent Degradation Of Your Car’s Value
Some people buy cars but don’t end up having them for the rest of their life. When a new model comes along, it can be tempting to get that new model. But what do you do with your old car? You sell it, of course. However, the value of your car will significantly degrade if you do not know how to properly care for it through maintenance checks.
Most buyers will have the car inspected by their mechanic to see if they are getting a good deal. If there is a lot of repairs and replacements, the value of your car will certainly go down. Some buyers even request for the car’s maintenance records. A car that isn’t properly maintained and is less likely to be sold.