Here’s a list of tips to help your vehicle last longer:
- Read your owner’s manual and follow the scheduled maintenance: there’s a lot of information packed into that tiny owner’s manual. Dig it out from beneath the heaps of napkins, pamphlets and other trash accumulated in your glove box and thumb through it. Of particular importance is the manufacture’s scheduled maintenance – it will tell you how often particular services should be performed on your vehicle.
There is a wealth of other information in your owner’s manual as well. Step by step information on how to perform most of the tips described on this page can be found there.
- Check and change your oil regularly: bring your vehicle to us for routine oil changes and check the oil level periodically between services.
- Flush the cooling system on a regular basis: swapping out your vehicle’s anti-freeze on a regular basis ensures corrosion and deposits don’t build up. Plus, ensuring your anti-freeze has the correct concentration will prevent your engine from freezing up in the winter.
Also, be sure to check your coolant level between services. Do this by removing the radiator cap and checking the level inside the radiator – but only when the engine is cold. If the cap is hot to the touch, the system is under pressure and removing the cap could result in a nasty burn.
- Change the transmission and differential fluid: servicing the transmission and differential according to the manufacturers scheduled maintenance. The fluid levels should also be checked between services. Typically, checking the levels of these fluids is a little more difficult and should be left to professionals.
- Check the tire pressure periodically: checking your tire pressure from time to time will help you spot tire defects such as a slow leak. In addition, it will give you a chance to closely inspect the condition of your tires tread and sidewalls.
- Bring your vehicle in for regular inspections: keeping an eye on your vehicle is essential, but it should still be brought to a professional for inspection at least twice a year. A trained technician will be able to spot potential problems you might have missed before they get too severe.