Owning a vehicle is an investment and we often forget that our cars require regular maintenance to last us throughout the years. If you don’t have a specific auto repair shop that you trust, you may be hesitant to have your vehicle checked for maintenance items in fear that you will be told your vehicle needs services that aren’t necessary.
Here are a couple of maintenance tips that may help you figure out what services are important in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly:
A key service in car maintenance that should never be ignored is an oil change. The purpose of changing your vehicle’s oil every 3-6 months, depending on the oil your vehicle needs, is to properly lubricate your vehicle’s engine while driving. While driving your vehicle, your engine is working and emitting heat. Clean oil is distributed throughout the engine to control heat emission and protect components. If your engine isn’t being lubricated by clean oil, overheating and corrosion can occur, which in turn can cause major engine problems.
Factory Recommended Inspections
It is important to stay on top of your vehicle’s factory-recommended services and to have your vehicle inspected by a trusted auto repair center when an inspection is recommended. Following your vehicle’s factory recommendations is the best way to keep your vehicle running in top condition and most of these services are necessary if you have a manufacturer warranty that you want to keep. The factory recommendations are based on the average life of certain parts and fluids that are essential to your vehicle’s health. In terms of necessary maintenance items, you can’t go wrong with what your vehicle’s manufacturer suggests.
Check Your Tires
Tires are a huge part of the overall performance of your vehicle. Under-inflated tires can cause excessive tire wear and steering problems to occur. If you have a tire patched or your tires have very low tread, it may be time to consider getting new tires. Having a tire patched is only a temporary solution and your tire will eventually need to be replaced. Getting stuck on the freeway with a blown-out tire can be a nightmare and we recommend having a good set of tires on your vehicle at all times.
Maintaining your vehicle is easy as long as you pay attention to the overall performance of your vehicle and follow the owner’s manual. By properly maintaining your vehicle, you’ll save yourself money and hassle in the long run. If your vehicle is due for maintenance, we invite you to German Motorworks today!