Most of us are completely dependent on our vehicles. They get us from point A to point B, and give us the freedom to enjoy life in various ways. They take us to and from work. They allow us to visit our friends and family. They give us a way to explore our communities and the world around us.
Whatever you use your vehicle for, it is important to keep it healthy. Just like we want to maintain physical health for our own bodies so that we can maintain mobility, we have to take care of our cars in order to keep them on the road for as long as possible.
The best way to do this is through preventative maintenance. Knowing ways to care for the vehicle before issues arise so that they never happen in the first place will give it a better chance of staying on the road. Here are some tips for maintaining your car’s health.
Be aware of your tire condition
Tires undergo a significant amount of wear and tear since they bear the entire weight of the vehicle while you drive. As a result, treads wear down, wheel bearings can experience corrosion, and plenty of other problems can crop up. Knowing how to manage your tires will help you make them last longer. If they are wearing down or there are imperfections, they will do more damage to the suspension system and shocks/struts in your vehicle. When your tires start to wear down, finding a new set will be paramount to protecting the systems of your car that are impacted by the condition of your tires.
How is your battery doing?
There are quite a few parts associated with the battery, like the alternator and starter. If any of these three things are experiencing issues, your car could fail to start or the battery will not charge correctly. The alternator is what charges the battery while the engine is running, so a faulty alternator will make your battery lose its power quickly. Experts recommend that you replace your battery every four to five years to prevent overuse. Some signs of battery deterioration could be dimming lights, having to jumpstart the car, or issues with electrical systems. If it has been a long time since you replaced your battery, now might be a good time to get a new one. Your car will be much better off as a result.
Take mileage recommendations seriously
Regular maintenance tasks like oil changes and tire rotations should never be put off. To give your vehicle the best chance at longevity, you should pay attention to the recommendations for how often to get these things done. Oil changes are recommended every 5,000 miles for regular kinds of oil. A tire rotation should be done at every other oil change appointment. Rotating your tires helps to balance out the wear that occurs on them, as the front and rear sets undergo different levels of stress while driving. There are lots of other types of replacements that have recommended distances or time periods for when to address them, and your vehicle’s manual will be the best source for that information regarding your specific model. Taking care of these replacements proactively, paired with good auto insurance in the event of an accident, will help you invest in your car’s longevity.
Your brake pads will wear down over time, and this will happen even faster if you tend to slam on them or decelerate quickly. Typically, an inspection will catch when your brake pads are close to wearing down, but if it happens after an inspection it can do a lot of damage to your car. The last thing you want is to hear that grating sound of metal on metal when you press on the brakes. You can always ask for a quick check of their condition so that you can be proactive about getting new ones and avoid the damages that may come with completely worn down pads.
Be proactive with prevention
The point of knowing these potential maintenance issues is to prevent them from happening. Often, if you wait for problems to happen before doing something about them, they will do more damage to the vehicle and hurt its functionality both now and in the long run. In order to keep your car on the road for as long as possible, thereby saving you money, take these preventative maintenance measures. There are hundreds of parts that make up your vehicle, which means there are hundreds of things that can potentially go wrong. Be proactive and stay ahead of the issues that you can to maintain your car’s health going forward.