It is clear why vehicle maintenance is so necessary. The upkeep of our vehicle plays a large part in whether or not we will make it to our destination safely. Performing preventative maintenance is imperative to ensure safety issues are identified and addressed as they occur. Not addressing maintenance issues with your vehicle could result in parts and equipment failing at a critical time. Be familiar with your particular vehicles maintenance schedule.
Here are several key areas to be maintained:
Lights and Signals:
Check interior lights, exterior lights and turn signals to ensure they work properly.
Ensure your windshield is free of chips and cracks which could result in a more significant crack or break when driving or during temperature changes. Also, windshield wiper blades should be in good condition with new rubber strips that aren’t cracked or broken so that they create clear visibility when in use. Cleaning your windows on the inside and out can also prevent buildup that may block visibility.
Ensure rearview and side mirrors are in proper condition and clean. Additionally, make sure they are adjusted to the prime position for viewing.
Tires should have good tread. Check tires for baldness or being worn in any area. Check that they are free of any nails or objects and ensure they are at the right pressure. Tire alignment and rotation should be on a scheduled basis as well. Be prepared for an emergency situation. Ensure your spare tire is in good condition and that you have the proper tools to change the tire.
Vehicle Oil Maintenance:
Oil plays a crucial role in the performance of your car. Find oil recommendations in your owner’s manual. Schedule regular changes and always take a quick look around for any leaks.
Pay particular attention to brake performance. If you notice any swerving, jumping, or pulling when you apply the brakes, a replacement may be needed. Additionally, pay attention to any strange noises when braking. Brakes give a warning noise when a change is in order.
Regular tune-ups to check for other issues should be performed as well. Many times these can take
place during another visit for tires or oil changes. During these times have other areas of your car
inspected such as belts, hoses, emission-control systems, ignition system, etc. Tune-ups will
identify and catch any issues before they are a problem on the road.