If you are proactive with the overall maintenance of your vehicle it will lower your cost per mile and extend the life of your car. Preventive maintenance is really in the best interest of you, your car, and your long-term pocket book.
How do I know when maintenance items should be done?
While all cars are different, they are the same in many ways. Your owner’s manual is your best source for knowing when your vehicle needs preventative maintenance.
- Engine oil level
- Warning lights on your dash
- Tire pressure
Check Every 3 Months
- Transmission Fluid
- Power Steering Fluid
- Air Filter
Check Every 6 Months
- Wiper Blades
- Tires (rotate every oil change)
Check Every 9 Months
- Repeat 3 Month List
Check Every 12 Months
- Cabin Air Filter
- Coolant Level
Check Every 24 Months
- Entire Cooling System
What is preventive maintenance?
A quick online search on the topic will get you pages and pages of maintenance lists and descriptions. And they may not all agree with each other. But at its simplest:
Preventive maintenance is the combination of ongoing tasks you do over time to keep your car performing at its best and on the road for many years to come.
It may seem like some scheme mechanics came up with just to keep you coming back to hand over money, but preventive maintenance is really in the best interest of you, your car, and your long-term pocket book. If you are proactive with the overall maintenance of your vehicle it will lower your cost per mile and extend the life of your car.
Why should I do preventive maintenance?
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Or in the case of your vehicle: “an ounce of prevention is worth about 4,000 pounds of a car that keeps running!”
Minor maintenance is always easier and less expensive than major repairs.
Tips for staying on top of Preventive Maintenance.
- Follow the instructions. Unlike children, cars come with manuals. The manufacturer included one to tell you exactly what your car needs and when. No need to guess! It’s like they’ve given you the answers to the test!
- Pay attention to the little things. Your car is a very big, very complicated, and very expensive piece of finely tuned machinery. How it works can be overwhelming. But keeping things running smoothly can actually be pretty easy. If you pay attention to a few little things, you should never need to give a second thought to all of the bigger things you may not understand.
- Think like Santa. If everything your car manual recommends seems overwhelming, make a list. (And check it twice.) Then take it to your trusty automotive service center (like…oh, say…us!) We’d be glad to educate you on what those items are and why it’s important to keep them maintained on a regular basis.
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I have been taking both my wife’s and my car to ATC for the past two years. They consistently provide excellent, honest, and personable service.