The best way to prevent long-term and costly problems with your vehicle is to keep up with its preventative maintenance schedule. One major key to successfully making sure you are doing all you need to do is to read your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Regardless of your vehicle’s make or model, its owner’s manual will contain a maintenance schedule. Every make and model is different, and standby beliefs such as “You have to change your oil every 3,000 miles,” may not apply to your car.
The maintenance schedule within your owner’s manual is provided by the people who understand your vehicle the best—the company that built it. The manufacturer provides suggestions for how often you need to change your oil, filters, driving belts, timing belts, and more.
While some preventative maintenance—such as topping off fluids—can be performed by the vehicle’s owner, other, more complicated procedures should be done by experts like the team at Jim’s Automotive. Our team can keep your vehicle in top shape by performing the following maintenance:
- Inspecting and replacing timing belts (preventing damage to other accessories)
- Inspecting and replacing serpentine belts (preventing damage to other accessories)
- Checking and changing oil
- Checking, repairing, and replacing battery connection components
- Checking and replacing batteries
- Checking and replacing cabin air filters: This can keep your car comfortable during the hot summer months.
- Checking and replacing your engine air filter, You may need to replace your engine air filter more frequently if you drive in stop-and-go traffic or have a long commute.
- Checking and replacing spark plugs
- Tire rotation: This helps ensure even wear on your tires, which can help prevent blowouts and leaking. It also helps make your ride smoother.
- Tire balancing: Balancing your tires prevents wear, which can significantly improve their life and save you money.
- Wheel alignment
By following your vehicle’s owner’s manual and having your vehicle inspected and maintained regularly, you can greatly reduce problems and save money in the long run. Let the expert team at Jim’s Automotive help your vehicle stay in good condition.
Maintaining a vehicle is more important than the average driver considers. Properly maintained vehicles not only have fewer repairs, but they have fewer breakdowns. Spending money on unnecessary repairs is bad enough, but having a breakdown leaving your family stranded is much worse! Proper maintenance includes changing fluids at the factory recommended intervals, performing tune ups before the engine starts running rough, replacing belts before they break, replacing hoses before they leak, lubricating suspension joints to prevent excessive wear. Even small aspects such as keeping your tires balanced will reduce future repair bills. If you can feel a vibration from a tire, so does everything else it’s attached to. Those tiny vibrations significantly increase the wear of components and can easily cut their lifespan in half. Keeping your vehicle maintained is financially beneficial and keeps your family safer. We offer all the necessary maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle healthy and happy!