Here are some maintenance tips to keep your vehicle operating more safely, prolong the life of your vehicle and retaining its value.
- Regular Oil Change and Oil Filter Replacement. Changing your oil and filter at the recommended vehicle’s owners manual guide is one of the best ways to keep your engine running trouble free. Cars can overheat in the summer so checking your oil on a regular basis is a good start. If the oil is a dark colour, then it is probably time for an oil change and filter replacement. For more information consult your owners manual.
- Tires and Tire Pressure. Regularly inspect your tires for tire wear. Uneven wear may indicate that your tires may need to be rotated and a wheel alignment performed. Over or under inflated tires can decrease your fuel economy and cause premature wear.
- Brake Inspection. During your seasonal maintenance inspection it is a perfect time to have your brakes inspected. Brakes rarely fail suddenly but they may deteriorate slowly with wear. The life of your brakes depend on many factors including in town, city or highway driving, driving style and yearly mileage. Since there is no such thing as a regular brake replacement schedule, having your brakes inspected regularly is a great habit. Brake warning problems may include unusual sounds when your brakes are applied or a slight pulsation felt in the brake pedal.
- Check Your Fluids. Checking your vehicle’s fluid levels such as transmission fluid, power steering, brake fluid, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid is recommended in your owner’s manual. Should the levels be low fill them to the suggested level. If any of the fluids are low this may indicate a leak. Also, look under your vehicle for any visible fluid leaks.
- Pack an Emergency Kit. It is always a good idea to pack a small emergency kit in your vehicle such as a bottle of water, a small snack, extra windshield washer fluid and in the winter months a snow brush, battery booster cables and a warm blanket.