Importance of Auto Preventive Maintenance
Cars are expensive investment and having car problems also warrant expensive repair services. Car problems are stressful and frustrating, happening when you need your car the most such as when you are going to work, meeting a client, or picking up your kid from school. Regular preventive maintenance check-up is an essential aspect of caring for your car, to prolong its life and have a safe and enjoyable driving experience. With the advent of modern engineering, car manufacturers are able to determine the life expectancy of car components or parts, thus creating a list of systematic schedule of car lubrication, fluids, and part replacement or topping-up.
You can find the preventive maintenance schedule or PMS on your car’s warranty, and maintenance visits can be done at the dealership or an auto shop. Preventive maintenance schedule include replacement or topping-up of belts (fan, timing, steering and aircon), fluid (clutch, brake, cooling, steering), oil (transmission, engine, and differential, filters (air, fuel, transmission, oil, air-con), lubrication (wheel bearings), clutch, bulbs, brakes, and bearings. New smaller vehicles require oil change as they reach the first 1,000 kilometers to flush out small debris from the break-in period, another oil change after 4,000 kilometers, and then after every 5,000 kilometers. For diesel-powered engines, the usual preventive maintenance schedule for oil-change is every 5,000 kilometers. People on a tight budget neglect filter replacement but it should be done at the same time the oil is changed. An engine’s belt is usually made of rubber and they can degrade in time, so they must be replaced to avoid overheating, mechanical breakdown, heavy steering, and loss of electrical power. A car battery’s guaranteed lifespan for a brand new car is usually two to three years with the replacement batteries having 12-, 15, and 21-month end-of-life cycles, so you must change your battery as soon as its warranty expires.
It is very important to keep your car’s transmission in good shape with regular preventive maintenance schedule and oil flushing. Your car’s brakes are very important to keep you and your family safe, so regular check-ups are important to ensure that it is in good condition. For your tires, it is important to rotate all your tires, including the spare tire, every 5,000 kilometers or so to ensure that they wear out evenly, and always make sure they have the correct pressure. Clarke Auto can help you find an experienced, reputable, reliable, and trusted mechanic, so come and view our homepage or website for more details. Our mechanics are professionals with the right credentials, experience, and training to handle the problems of your vehicle. Toyota Sienna services are your ultimate car repair specialists!