Give your car a little TLC with regular maintenance checks
You probably know that oil changes are important – but that’s not the only thing you should do to keep your car running smoothly. Regular maintenance appointments allow service technicians to do more extensive checks of your vehicle.
Check your owner’s manual for specific service recommendations, but here’s an idea of what might happen at a 6-month maintenance check (7,500 miles).
- Replace engine oil and filter
- Rotate tires
- Inspect brakes; check pads and discs for wear
- Inspect wheel cylinders for leaks
- Inspect tie-rod ends, steering gearbox and rack boots
- Clean and lube caliper slide pins
- Adjust parking brake
- Inspect suspension components for damage; check ball joint boots for deterioration and damage
- Inspect driveshaft boots for cracks; check boot bands for tightness.
As a general rule, you may want to schedule a maintenance check about every six months. This will go a long way toward preventing untimely – and expensive – repairs.