Cars are very complex machines and they require plenty of maintenance in order to keep them running right and lasting long. Ignoring standard maintenance procedures can put you and your car at risk. The vehicle might not perform right or it could be flat-out dangerous to drive if certain parts are worn out or damaged. In addition, the longer you put off preventative maintenance and minor repairs, the more you risk developing major automotive problems that will be very expensive to repair.
What Maintenance Does My Vehicle Require?
The tricky part is that every car is a little bit different. The maintenance needs of a classic 1960s Ford Mustang are going to be somewhat different than a 2019 Chevy Silverado. The parts are different. The systems are more or less complex depending on how old the vehicle is. For example, newer vehicles require maintenance less often than older vehicles. However, the maintenance that needs to be done with each visit is more involved. And that's true the more advanced the vehicle is. Hybrids or other modern cars with CVT transmissions are going to need extra care beyond those vehicles that maybe aren't quite as complicated. Meanwhile, newer electronic power steering systems require less maintenance than old hydraulic-based power steering systems.
How Often Should Each Service Be Performed?
The best recommendation is to study your vehicle's owner manual and understand how often certain maintenance services are required according to the manufacturer. Factory recommended maintenance is very important to follow if you want to keep your vehicle running right and keep all its parts lasting longer. Most cars these days require an oil change about every 5,000-6,000 miles. However, an older car might need its oil and filter changed out every 3,000 miles while a newer car might only need this maintenance every 10,000 miles or so. Usually, it's a good idea to get your tires rotated with every oil change visit (or every other one if you are changing the oil every 3,000 miles).
Other Standard Maintenance Needs
Different recommendations will be found for servicing the brakes, transmission, cooling system/radiator, power steering, suspension, exhaust and other systems. Consult your owner's manual and also talk to your mechanic. If you have the same place taking care of all the maintenance, they can help keep you on regularly scheduled maintenance plan to make sure nothing gets overlooked. At Simard Automotive, we offer the Million Mile Warranty and Arctic Maintenance Schedule programs for our customers to keep their maintenance on track.
How Your Driving Habits Can Affect Maintenance Needs
Lastly, it's important to know that your own driving habits can play a part in how often you need certain maintenance services done. If you drive your vehicle a lot and drive it hard (towing trailers, carrying heavy loads, driving fast, cornering aggressively, peeling out, braking abruptly, grinding gears while shifting, etc.) you will likely need maintenance more often. You may go through tires and brake pads more quickly and you will want to get your oil changed and transmission serviced as needed.
Fairbanks Auto Repair and Vehicle Maintenance
These are just a few things you need to know when it comes to maintaining your vehicle and getting the most out of your car, truck or SUV for as long as you own it. Follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule, and if you live in or around Fairbanks, trust Simard Automotive to handle all your vehicle maintenance needs. We'll get the work done properly and make sure you stay on schedule.
Call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Avenue) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Road). Or, you can schedule your next maintenance or repair appointment online.