As a car owner, you understand the importance of having routine maintenance projects conducted in order to not just keep it running, but to maintain the most efficient functioning of the vehicle. There is more to maintenance than the occasional tune-up. Maintenance is preventative and holds off the need for a full tune-up as well as putting off the need for major repairs. Although maintenance was once a job you could do on your own or hire a mechanic for, with modern computerized cars what may seem like a simple task requires the services of a professional to properly complete.
Oil changes have always been the single most important aspect of automotive maintenance. Oil gets dirty over time and has to be changed in order to perform its function of lubricating the internal functions of your engine. Just as important as changing the actual oil is to also change the oil filter. Older cars used to require an oil change every 3,000 miles but newer designs may only need it five or even 7,000 miles. Be sure to check the recommendation of the manufacturer to determine how often you need an oil change.
In addition to the oil filter, your car also has an air filter and at least one fuel filter that need to be occasionally changed. The air filter prevents road debris and dirt from getting into your carburetor or fuel injection and causing damage leading to an expensive repair. When it gets clogged, the air flow is restricted and prevents the engine from running efficiently. The fuel filter likewise keeps a clean supply of fuel flowing, but it can become clogged over time, interrupting the smooth running of your car.
Spark plugs need to be checked from time to time as they can go bad as they get older. Spark plugs function with a gap which forces a spark to form as electricity jumps across. Over time, the gap can either close or open causing it not to function as designed. In some cases, the plug can be cleaned and adjusted, in others it makes more sense to simply replace it.
It can be hard to determine how often brakes need to be replaced because people have different driving styles. If you feel any vibration in your car while braking, or if your brakes are making noise, it’s time to have them replaced before they get worse and become a safety issue.