As you embark on this new year, don’t forget your vehicle while making resolutions and plans for the upcoming year. Keeping up with routine maintenance can keep your car in tip-top shape—increasing reliability, protecting value and even preventing costly repairs.
While every vehicle is unique, there are some routine maintenance actions everyone should take:
Change the Oil
Generally, it is recommended that you change the oil in your vehicle every 3,000 to 7,000 miles depending on the type of oil you use and the specific requirements of your vehicle. It is recommended that you have your brakes checked with every oil change.
Rotate the Tires
Rotating the tires on your car helps extend the life of your tire treads while ensuring safety. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles…about every other oil change.
Tune-Up & Diagnostic Check
A general tune-up and diagnostic check is a great way to fix minor problems before they turn into major ordeals. Get a tune-up and diagnostic check every 10,000 miles.
Replace the Air and Cabin Filters
Keeping your air filter clean helps protect your engine’s performance while also maintaining the indoor air quality of your vehicle. Your air filters should be replaced approximately every 15,000 miles.
Replace the Fuel Filter
Fuel filters protect your fuel system by keeping harmful particles and debris away from your fuel injector and engine. For maximum fuel efficiency and reliable engine performance, replace your fuel filter approximately every 25,000 miles.
Replace the Power Steering Fluid
Your power steering fluid helps prolong the life of your power steering system, preventing costly repairs or replacements of expensive parts like your power steering pump and power steering rack. Replace the power steering fluid in your vehicle approximately every 30,000 miles.
When it comes to extending the life and value of your vehicle, it’s best to follow the recommended vehicle maintenance schedule from the manufacturer. If you have lost your owner’s manual, most are available for free online. Of course, you can always give us a call or stop by the shop and we’ll be happy to talk with you about the specific needs of your vehicle.
Keep your car happy and have a great new year, from Quanz Advanced Auto Body!