The Importance of Preventative Car Maintenance

January 21st, 2019 by

The Importance of Regular Vehicle Maintenance

Whether you own a car, truck, or SUV, these vehicles are made up of many different parts and — like any well-oiled machine — they need proper maintenance.

If one part fails, it can create a chain reaction that affects overall vehicle performance, and not in a good way.

Maintenance schedules are typically broken down by mileage and can vary for each manufacturer and model type. Stay informed about yours and what the maker recommends.

Having a car maintenance schedule in place can help avoid unforeseen issues — this is crucial for the one thing that is used nearly every day and is vital to your family’s success an safety. And don’t forget: proper care and maintenance of your vehicle can help preserve the resale value later in life.

If you plan to sell your car or trade it in for something new, you could get more for your next vehicle if the current one is in good condition when you work with DePaula Ford’s team of experienced customer service representatives.

Create a Vehicle Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Whether you are able to perform the maintenance on your own, or you need the help of professionals, routine vehicle maintenance is vital.

From monitoring fluid levels, to testing the brakes, understanding the needs of your vehicle is the first step in creating a car maintenance schedule. Once you understand what your vehicle needs and how frequently the maintenance needs to happen, a schedule will be easy to maintain.

Service technician filling the oil reservoir in a vehicle with new oil

Fluid Levels

To keep the engine running smoothly and the metal components well-lubricated, fluid levels and how much the fluids are changed is incredibly important. Dirty oil, for example, can become thick and erosive, which can then lead to deterioration in the engine.

It is also just as important to monitor and change transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and steering fluid. They each play an important role in maintaining the integrity of your vehicle.

Tire Pressure & Alignment

To go from point A to point B, not only does the engine require the proper fluids, but drivers can’t underestimate the amount of air in each tire.

Tire pressure that is too high or too low can hinder the vehicle’s ability to take corners, braking, and stability.

Low tire pressure means more of the tire is touching the road, which can cause the tread to wear at a higher rate. It can also cause the tires to overheat due to a higher amount of friction with the ground.

Routine Brake Checks

Depending on your commute and how your vehicle is driven each day will have an impact on the lifespan on the brakes, rotors, and calipers. Commutes and trips with frequent stop signs or traffic lights, for example, will use more of the brakes than those with less stops.

Brakes are a hydraulic system that runs on brake fluid and uses pads that squeeze together when prompted. When the pads become thin, it makes it difficult to slow down or come to a complete stop.

It’s important to monitor the thickness of the brake pads, listen for grinding sounds, and check for leaking fluids. If you notice any of these issues, don’t delay, have your brake system serviced immediately.

Consulting the owner’s manual for your vehicle to can help to determine the recommended maintenance schedule for the make and model. To have your vehicle maintained by professional service technicians, schedule your appointment with DePaula Ford today.