When you leave your car in the hands of fate, you’re putting both yourself and everyone else on the road at risk. You’re also at risk of losing money and time if a key component fails beyond repair due to negligence.
This is why car maintenance is so important. Just like your overall health, your car needs a professional check-up every now and then to ensure everything is working as it should be or correcting whatever may need attention.
Keeping this in mind, here are 5 key items to discuss at your car’s next service.
By taking your car to a skilled and certified technician to examine under the hood and its components, you’re able to catch any problems before they become a hazard. This will save you money, time and energy. Talk to your Service Advisor next time you’re due for a visit and make sure these key items are discussed at your car’s next service.
Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle, so they need to be checked from time to time to make sure they’re replaced when necessary and there aren’t any problems of leakage that could leave your car vulnerable to malfunction.
Having your tires inflated at the right pressure makes them last longer and reduces your fuel consumption. Next time you’re getting your car serviced, make sure to check wheel alignment and balancing as well as tire pressure, and if necessary, ask them to be rotated so that you can reduce uneven wear.
It’s important for you to keep in mind how old your car’s battery is and ask your technician to check the terminals for corrosion and topping up the battery fluid when necessary. However, for even better performance, you should have the service center check these components at every oil change versus waiting to do it annually.
Your air filter is the equivalent of your car’s lungs. If it happens to be clogged up with dust, your engine’s performance will be reduced because of the dirty air getting in. While some air filters are easy to reach, others may be more difficult, but they should be checked at least twice per year.
In general, the more stop-start driving you do and the dustier the roads you drive on are, the more often your engine’s air filter will need to be replaced.
Brake malfunctioning can be a major safety hazard that you definitely want to avoid. While your car should have a recommended brake maintenance schedule written in its user manual, a good rule of thumb is to check your brake pads every 12,000 miles and replace the fluid every 25,000 miles.
By following these 5 key items to discuss at your car’s next service, you’re making sure your vehicle is being as thoroughly inspected as it can be. This will guarantee safety and performance, allowing for a comfortable riding experience where prevention is the key.