There are multiple benefits to regular maintenance. From extending your vehicle’s life to increasing performance getting a regular check up can work wonders for your vehicle. Though every vehicle works differently, it is important to service your vehicle according to specifications in your owner’s manual. This might cost a little money now, but it will definitely save you big in the long run.
Oil changes are essential. Oil lubricates your engine, cleans it, and maintains the temperature. Without it, your engine would seize up almost instantly. The general rule of thumb for changing the oil is every three months or 3,000 miles. Check your owner's manual to be sure. Though you might not notice immediate changes, changing your oil will extend vehicle life, maintain performance, and prevent serious breakdowns.
Full service checks also include fluid level top-offs, including things like the transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Hydraulic fluids are especially important to check regularly, according to Cars Guide, because they attract and absorb water. That means if any moisture gets in the system it could corrode your car from the inside out. Also, checking the brake fluid may help you decide if it's time for new brakes.
Brakes need to be changed less regularly. If you hear thumping, grinding, or squeaking, those are signs you need new brake pads. If you wait too long, you may have to replace brake lines, rotors, or drums as well. Regular service is a great time to have these checked, and a professional can measure down to the millimeter how much your brake pads have left.
Tires are the only component that makes contact with the road, of course. You should inspect your tires for uneven wear, bulges, cracking, or low tread. Rotating tires can extend their life, and balancing them can prevent alignment and suspension issues down the road. You are going to have to replace your tires at some point – don’t wait until it's too late.
These are just some of the many things we here at Brighton Honda do to preserve your car. Regular maintenance increases resale value, it prevents serious damage, and it can even improve performance. Schedule your service today.