To keep your vehicle running at its peak, you do need to take it in for maintenance. Understanding what types of maintenance are needed and when can be a little confusing.
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Vehicles come with an owner’s manual, which lists the services that you need to have performed when you reach certain mileage markers. For some types of maintenance, such as oil changes, you should adhere to the mileage recommendations. Other types of maintenance have a little more wiggle room.
Neglecting to have your vehicle serviced makes driving it unsafe for you and other people on the road.
Oil and Oil Filter
Changing the oil and filter is crucial to keeping your vehicle running. It is also the most frequently needed type of maintenance.
Most vehicles run on synthetic oil, and each type of oil will have a recommendation for how often it should be changed. Typically, you can drive up to between 8,000 and 16,000km before you need to change the oil and filter.
A vehicle’s air filter keeps particulates out of the engine. The dirtier the air filter becomes, the harder it is for the engine to get the oxygen it needs to function.
The conditions you drive in will also have a big impact on how often you need to change the filter. If you drive on dusty roads, the air filter will need changing more often than if you drive in a less dusty environment.
The air filter will need changing every 24,000 to 48,000km.
Grit and grime can get into the fuel system, and the filter prevents it from entering the engine. As the filter gets clogged, less fuel can make it into the engine.
Every 48,000km or so, you should ask a mechanic to test the filter to see if it needs to be changed.
When your car refuses to start, it is a good indicator that it is time to replace the battery. If you want to avoid the headache of needing to get somewhere and having your car not work, you should keep an eye on it.
Most batteries last four to five years. Many drivers will drive around 80,000km in this time. When you start reaching the time or mileage marker, have your mechanic test the battery to see if it is worth replacing.
Some maintenance helps keep your vehicle moving; your brakes help it to stop. Neglecting brake maintenance can have life-threatening consequences.
The harder you are on your brakes, such as slamming or riding them, the more often they will need to be replaced. Mileage markers are a good estimation, but there are also other ways to know when it is time to have your brakes looked at.
- Brake Fluid: 32,000 to 72,000km and/or if the brakes feel “squishy” when you apply pressure
- Brake Pads/Shoes: about 80,000km or when they start screeching when you brake
- Brake Rotors: about 95,000km
A good mechanic will inspect the coolant level and even top it off when you have your oil changed.
Every 95,000km, it is important to have the whole system flushed and refilled. Dirty or low coolant levels can cause your engine to overheat.
Nothing is worse on an engine than a low level of transmission fluid. It is important to keep up with maintenance to prevent a major problem.
Some vehicles have a dipstick to let you check the level yourself, or you can have your mechanic do it for you. Pink, sweet-smelling fluid is good. Dark red or brown, burnt-smelling fluid is bad.
The dashboard of your vehicle may have a light indicator to let you know when it is time to check the transmission fluid.
There is a big range in mileage during which your transmission fluid will need to be changed. Every 48,000km take a look at the fuel level. By 16,000 km, you will probably need to change it.
Some cars have timing chains that do not need inspecting until you reach 144,000km.
If your vehicle does have a timing belt, it should be changed between 12,000 and 144,000km.
Keep it Running
The best way to keep your vehicle in top condition is to take it to a trusted mechanic. When you go in for oil changes, have them take a look at other things to see how soon they need to be serviced.
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