The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle Maintenance is something that, although very important, is often overlooked. Many parts of your vehicle need to be checked regularly to ensure that it is performing to maximum capacity and to increase its lifespan.

Here is a list of common components that should be regularly examined to ensure that your vehicle is always in top notch condition:

Oil: Your vehicle’s oil needs to be changed every 6 months, or after 8,000 kilometers and depends on what kind of oil your car requires. By doing this, you make sure that the engine has a fresh lubricant to keep its processes functioning normally. Without proper lubrication, the metals in your engine begin to rub against each other, causing friction and heat that can disfigure the metal.

Tires: Regularly rotating your tires is important in ensuring that they last as long as possible. By rotating your tires, each tire wears evenly. Not only does this improve the handling of your vehicle, but it will also save you money, as your tires will last longer. Your vehicle will also have less noise and vibration. You should also always make sure that your air pressure is correct, as under or over inflated tires can pose dangers for drivers.

Brakes: Brakes should be checked and\or serviced regularly to ensure that they are performing the way that they are supposed to and continue to perform this way in the future. When brakes become worn, you may not be able to stop as quickly or smoothly as you did before, causing dangers in your commute. Alongside saving money, having your brakes checked regularly will make certain that you are safe when on the road.

Alignment: The alignment of your vehicle’s wheels should be checked annually or if you notice that your vehicle is no longer driving in a straight line. However, whenever you have any extensive work done to your vehicle such as in the front end, or if you hit a large bump or pothole, you will likely need an alignment. Not getting an alignment can cause your vehicle to wear tires much more quickly, and even ruin tires in the matter of weeks. By keeping your vehicle’s alignment in check, you can expect better fuel efficiency, smoother driving, and money savings by not having to spend on large repairs and tire replacements.

By regularly maintaining your vehicle, you can ensure that it not only lasts longer, but that you stay safe on the road.