The Importance of Regular Vehicle Maintenance

March 26th, 2019 by

The Importance of Preventative Vehicle Maintenance

Each vehicle needs proper maintenance, whether it’s a car, truck, or SUV. These vehicles are made up of numerous parts and if properly maintained can run like a well-oiled machine.

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. If even a single component of the vehicle fails, it can create a chain reaction that affects the overall performance of the vehicle.

Putting a car maintenance schedule into place can help avoid unforeseen issues, which is crucial for something that we use nearly every day and is vital to your family’s success and safety. And keep in mind, proper care and vehicle maintenance can help preserve the resale value down the road.

If you plan to sell your vehicle or trade it in for something new, you will be more likely to get more for your next vehicle if the current one is in good condition when you work with DePaula Chevrolet.

Establish a Vehicle Preventative Maintenance Checklist

No matter if you are able to perform these preventative tasks on your own, or you’d rather leave it in the hands of a team of professionals, routine vehicle maintenance is essential.

Monitoring fluid levels, testing the brakes, to changing the oil and understanding the needs of your vehicle is the first step to 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.

Tire Pressure & Alignment

For a vehicle to make it 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. This can cause the tread to overheat and become worn quicker than it typically should. An overheated tire can also lead to a blowout, and possibly cause an accident.

Fluid Levels

To keep any engine running smoothly and the metal components well-lubricated, fluid levels and how frequently the fluids are changed is essential.

Dirty oil, for example, can become thick and erosive, which can deteriorate and compromise the engine.

new oil being poured out of a yellow quart bottle through a blue funnel into an engine

It is equally as important to monitor and change transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and steering fluid. Each of these fluids play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the vehicle’s engine.

Routine Brake Checks

Commute times 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 made of a hydraulic system that requires brake fluid and uses pads that squeeze together when prompted. When the pads become thin, it becomes 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 can help in determining the recommended maintenance schedule for the make and model.

To have your vehicle maintained by professional service technicians, schedule your appointment with DePaula Chevrolet today.