General Vehicle Maintenance

Regular vehicle maintenance or​ preventative maintenance, if​ you​ will, can go a​ long way in​ making sure your​ vehicle runs at​ optimal condition. for​ example, no one truly enjoys the trips to​ a​ mechanic because our brake pads are worn down to​ the rotors or​ drums and​ we have to​ spend more time and​ dollars to​ repair the brake system. What little time it​ takes to​ make sure we do the "regular" things to​ our vehicle, makes the time well spent. The pay me now or​ pay me later cliché, in​ this​ case, is​ never more true. The following tips will aid you​ in​ keeping your​ vehicle ready to​ take you​ wherever you​ have to​ go.

Enough can’t be said about regular oil changes and​ oil filter replacement. Personally, I have oil changes every 2,000 miles. The recommended schedule is​ every 3, 000 miles. Because of​ my prompt attention​ to​ regular oil and​ filter changes, I have a​ 1978 Buick LeSabre with 195,000 miles on​ it​ and​ in​ 2018 it​ still runs like a​ dream. it​ should go without saying but a​ lubing of​ the chassis or​ "lube job" some call it, should be performed at​ the same time you​ have the oil changed.

The air filter, when dirty, is​ a​ common​ problem when you​ notice your​ car has less power and​ is​ using more fuel. a​ simple check of​ the filter will give you​ an​ idea of​ how dirty it​ is. Mechanics will almost always agree that this​ simple step can go a​ long way in​ improving your​ vehicle’s performance. Air filters are instrumental in​ decreasing the amount of​ dirt, dust and​ other damaging contaminants going into the engine. Simply put, your​ vehicle runs less efficiently when the filter is​ clogged with dirt and​ grime. Filters should be replaced every 3,000 miles. Also, have the air filter changed when you​ have an​ oil change performed on​ the vehicle to​ save time or​ an​ extra trip to​ the mechanic.

and​ while we’re talking about filters, the fuel filter is​ probably the most overlooked or​ forgotten item for​ regular checkups. Auto experts don’t understand​ why this​ happens but it​ does. Remember the Buick I just mentioned? I have had the fuel pumps and​ fuel filters checked regularly on​ that vehicle. I can honestly say I get approximately two more miles to​ the gallon​ when I calculate mpg/number of​ gallons of​ fuel used after I have replaced a​ fuel filter. Whenever you​ happen to​ notice or​ think to​ yourself, "I sure am using more gas lately", check the fuel filter.

Regular replacement of​ the brake pads is​ also very important. Many expert mechanics will agree that all parts to​ the brake system are the most important safety features on​ an​ automobile. you​ must be able to​ stop your​ vehicle quickly and​ safely. All brake pads will wear out eventually. if​ you​ start hearing squealing like sounds or​ the feel of​ the pedal upon​ braking is​ "mushy", you​ need to​ consider that the brake pads are beginning to​ become worn out. The responsibility of​ the brake pads is​ to​ provide friction​ with the pad to​ make braking or​ stopping possible. Brake pads can be easily diagnosed for​ wear and​ tear with regular examinations.

operating in​ a​ dance with the distributor and​ ignition​ coils. Many things can indicate problems and​ spark plug wire malfunction. There may be corrosion​ at​ the wires or​ connectors. Resistance can increase as​ the wires get older. The material encasing the wires may be shredding or​ wearing out.

The first sign of​ trouble generally comes when you​ start noticing a​ missing or​ stuttering type action​ when the vehicle is​ operating. There’s a​ significant tugging like symptom that feels to​ you​ that your​ vehicle can’t get the energy to​ move. Always keep your​ spark plug wires clean. Always troubleshoot for​ wires that look worn out or​ are not properly applied to​ the spark plugs. Replacing your​ spark plug wires will mean efficient starting and​ less ignition​ type problems that can follow because of​ worn spark plug wires.

Wash Me! Well maybe this​ one isn’t actually vehicle "maintenance" per se, but doesn’t a​ clean vehicle make you​ feel better? Again, have you​ ever noticed the vehicle seems to​ run smoother when she’s clean? Having the engine steam cleaned on​ a​ regular maintenance plan can also go a​ long way in​ extending the life of​ your​ engine. Engine cleaning will keep the corrosion​ and​ grime from building up on​ your​ spark plug wires too. it​ will help when you​ are looking over your​ engine for​ leaks, unplugged or​ loose wiring and​ keep the corrosion​ off your​ vehicle’s battery.

While these aren’t the only "regular maintenance" tips available, you​ can always research your​ vehicle’s handbook for​ other ideas that can help extend its life and​ keep it​ running in​ optimal condition.

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