Things To Remember When Maintaining Your Vehicle
No matter how old our vehicles are we all have to maintain them. There are a lot of things to remember and you should always look over your manual, if available, because your vehicle may have something specific you need to do to keep your warranty active.
I remember my first vehicle and I would not have maintained it if it were not for my dad constantly telling me. But I have grown up and have to take care of my own and I wanted to give you some things to remember when you have to maintain your car or truck. Website like Cars.com can help a lot also.
Oil changes are a must do if you plan on your vehicle lasting any length of time. No matter the age this must be done. But it can come at different intervals, 3 months or 3,000 miles, 10,000 miles etc. It all matters on your specific vehicle and this is another place to check in the owner’s manual. Also the type of oil used can make a difference in how long into between and price of oil. There are now a lot of different types of oil for vehicles. The car we currently have takes a synthetic blend. But some vehicles take full synthetic, and regular oil so again check with your manual.
We always stay with the same brand just so we know nothing has changed. Depending on quality of oil this could cause issues, which no one needs. Do not skip the oil filter, this takes out impurities and need to be changed each time you change the oil. Also fill the fluids in your vehicles, not forget things like anti-freeze. Check tire pressure and rotate tires if needed. Check your wiper blades and outside lights to verify everything is ready until the next time for the oil change.
We have the sticker in the window to help us remember but what if you do your own oil changes. Put a reminder in you phone, computer, or anything that will remind you to change your oil in advance in case you have any trips scheduled, put it to repeat every so often for oil changes, tire rotation etc. You can also make a note on a small piece of paper and use a piece of packing tape to stick it to your window. Or you may end up selling your car and the engine will not be good.
It is a good practice to always check your battery, hoses, belts, tire pressure, air filter, and your brake system. If you do it each time you do an oil change you won’t have major expenses sneak up on you. It is a good idea to have your vehicle checked by a mechanic once per year so they can tell you if there any issues you will need to take care of ahead of time. Even if you get your oil changed by a professional, see if you can change the air filter. They are a lot cheaper at the store than at an oil change facility, but car companies have changed how to access them and it is more difficult now.
If you buy a used car always get the oil changed right away so you know when it was last done. Also before purchasing look up the value on cars.com to make for sure you are not overpaying.
Maintenance is important for any vehicle new or old. Neglecting it can lead to large future expenses, so you will pay one way or another. So it is best to avoid the stress from a breakdown when you can least afford it, by planning this as part of your routine and you will never forget it. Happy driving!