It’s About Time: Following Service IntervalsAugust 22nd, 2014
There are a lot of things in life that people have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We really should go to our dentist and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don’t stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences.
Scheduled maintenance is also part of good car care. People should take their car in regularly for a good check-up but many folks struggle to remember, or actually even ignore this advice. When it comes to our cars, we’re more likely to listen to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” than “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.
Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more painful and more expensive root canal. In the same way, replacing coolant/antifreeze, for example, in your vehicle can prevent cooling system leaks. Repairing leaks can prevent engine failure. So why do we procrastinate?
One reason might be that “ignorance is bliss.” We can see dirty dishes on the counter, how long our grass is getting and we can smell how dirty our clothes are, but we don’t notice how dirty our transmission fluid is getting. However, trouble in our cars is like trouble in our bodies—ignorance is not bliss. High blood pressure can lead to heart damage just like inadequate coolant can lead to engine damage. However, we can’t know about either one unless we take the time for a diagnostic check-up at Oil Changers.
Another reason we, as car owners put off scheduled maintenance for our vehicles may be that we are simply intimidated by automotive care. After all, we understand how to take care of clothing, dishes, lawns, etc. Most of us have a basic working knowledge of our bodies and feel qualified to explain how we feel. But our vehicles? What exactly does routine, preventive maintenance involve? Most motorists don’t know.
Of course, our cars come with owner’s manuals that do a good job of explaining what routine maintenance is and how often our vehicles need it, but how many car owners actually read them?
The good news is that all drivers have to do is remember to take our vehicles to a reputable, service center like Oil Changers. Like a good doctor, your Fast & Friendly Oil Changers service advisor will be able to tell you what maintenance and service your car needs and when. The service center can track your car’s maintenance records—just as a doctor maintains your health records—so that your vehicle is getting the service it needs in a timely manner.
Here are some guidelines to help drivers understand the basics of preventive maintenance.
Fluids. If it’s a liquid, it needs to be replaced regularly. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often. Liquids include oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and differential fluid. There may be others. Check with your owner’s manual or your service center for specifics on your vehicle.
Tyres. They need routine, scheduled care to wear well. Primarily, they need air. But they also need to be rotated, balanced and aligned.
Brakes. Brakes and shock absorbers wear out. There’s no way to avoid it. Worn parts need to be replaced.
Fuel. Obviously your car needs fuel on a regular basis, but the fuel system also needs periodic maintenance. Air filters and fuel filters get dirty and need to be replaced. The fuel system needs to be kept clean.
These are the basics of car maintenance. Of course, there are other parts of your car that need to be inspected regularly, such as the battery, exhaust system, belts, etc. These parts have longer life cycles than your fluids, tires, brakes and filters, and so don’t need to be replaced as often.
If you are taking your car in for the basics, then your service center will let you know when it is time for an inspection of these other things Or they may notice a problem when doing routine maintenance and let you know. Either way, you’ll get a heads-up when your vehicle needs more attention.
If you’re not convinced yet that your car needs regular service, consider this; not doing so will cost you in decreased fuel economy, lower performance and compromised safety. These could lead to pricey repair bills and costly accidents.
Just like a good dental check-up, a good auto check-up at Oil Changers can save you from experiencing embarrassing, costly and painful situations.