Your car is probably one of your most expensive investments, so it’s important that you make sure that it is professionally serviced on a regular basis. Most mechanics would say you should have your car serviced at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, 90,000 miles, and so on, but some vehicles may differ when it comes to the number of miles that can be driven between maintenance. No matter what length of time is required for your vehicle, here’s what should be serviced and checked regularly.
The air filters in your car are what allows air to flow through your engine, keeping it free of debris and other unwanted particles. Clogged air filters result in your engine having to work overtime, wearing it down, but not before your fuel efficiency and emissions are negatively impacted. This can be done on your own, but it can also be a requested service when you take your car in for a service check.
Also known as antifreeze, the coolant in your car, like the name suggests, keeps your engine cool. Low coolant levels will cause your car to overheat, which can lead to permanent damage to your car if left unchecked. It’s a good idea to check both coolant and oil levels yourself about once a month.
Oil changes are one of the most common services drivers receive on their vehicles, and with good reason. Other than gasoline and the car battery, oil is something that is absolutely necessary to get a car moving. A reason why an oil change is necessary is that it helps to block debris. So not only is it important to have proper oil levels in your car, but it is also important that the oil is clean and changed, usually every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.
Tire Rotations and New Tires
Every so often, your tires may need to be rotated because the tires on the front of the car tend to wear down quicker than the ones in the back. The treads on all tires will inevitably wear down, and it will be time to buy new tires for your car. Well-maintained tires allow for safer driving, so this is something that you can’t ignore. Neglecting to do so can result in an automobile accident that will, in turn, raise your auto insurance rates, potentially causing you to search for lower rates. It’s also important to maintain proper tire pressure for safe driving.
The transmission inside of a car has many moving parts, and the transmission fluid is what keeps these parts moving smoothly. This is also something that needs to be checked on a regular basis. Lack of doing so can cause serious damage to the transmission, which can then damage your car.
Windshield and Other Cosmetic Checks
Many people may neglect to think about their windshields when it comes to car inspections. Even the smallest chip in a windshield can very quickly turn into a major crack, which can then lead to the windshield shattering. Some windshield maintenance you can do at home includes changing your windshield wiper blades, keeping your windshield clean, and parking out of direct sunlight.
Other things to check on the outside of your vehicle are headlights, brake/tail lights, and turn signals. It’s essential to make sure that all of these are working, not just for safe driving purposes, but also because in some places you may be fined if these aren’t working properly.
Items that need to be checked regularly that are located under the hood of a car can vary in exact location, based on the make or model of the car. Most information can be found in your car’s owner manual. Also, make sure to visit a professional mechanic to perform any services you’re not knowledgeable in or are unsure about doing yourself.