Regular maintenance is a vital aspect of car ownership, and keeping up with fluids, tire rotations, and other repair/replacement services is part of the package. To better understand when to have technicians perform these tasks, the owner’s manual will provide the most accurate information. In general, however, the following timelines can give you an idea of what to expect and when.
Although you might have heard you should change the oil every 3,000 miles, improved technology and safety standards mean most modern manufacturers recommend having it done between 5,000 and 7,500 miles. You should understand, however, these estimates rely on general driving habits and don’t consider extreme conditions. If you have long commutes, live in an area with extreme temperatures, frequently drive in heavy traffic, or haul heavy loads, you might want to go in earlier to be safe.
On the flip side, if you drive infrequently, you can get away with going longer between oil changes. Also, the older your vehicle gets, the more you might need to change the oil, since air and compressed fuel can lead to grime and soot buildup, necessitating more frequent cleaning.
Like other maintenance, the need for tire rotation can vary depending on your vehicle and driving habits. In most cases, though, you’d fare well having them rotated every 6 months or 7,500 miles. To be safe, many drivers have it done with every oil change.
Although some drivers still attest to the advantages of regular tune-ups, many of today’s experts have thrown this catch-all phrase out the window. Instead, they advise staying ahead of engine damage and costly repairs by following the maintenance schedule outlined in the owner’s manual. In it, you will find what to service/replace and when. Most manuals even explain situational variances.
If you seek more detailed advice about the particulars of your vehicle, consider having certain parts (spark plugs, fuel and air filters, battery, timing and drive belts) evaluated when you get the oil changed. The best suggestions come from certified mechanics with eyes on your car and insight into your driving habits and needs.
Also, if you pay close attention to how your car performs, you’ll be more likely to notice when something malfunctions or feels off. In such a case, you can take the vehicle to a trusted shop and have them perform a tune-up that specifically addresses your concerns.
For all your auto maintenance and repair needs, call Willoughby Hills Auto Repair today at 440-497-0999.