Vehicle Maintenance 101: Know the Basics for your New Car

Owning a new car can be thrilling. However, in order to ensure that your new vehicle works well for a long time to come, it’s important to schedule regular maintenance on all your vehicle’s most important systems. The following parts of your car or truck are especially important to its overall health and functioning, so make sure that you are getting them serviced by a mechanic regularly.

Oil Changes

Regular oil changes protect the health of your engine and keep your vehicle running smoothly. Many mechanics recommend that you change conventional oil in your car every 3,000 miles not to exceed 4,000 miles and synthetic oil every 5,000 miles not to exceed 6,000 miles. However, it is recommended to change the oil more frequently for vehicles in hot dusty climates, those driving in frequent stop-and-go traffic conditions, or vehicles that are towing heavy loads.

Air Conditioning

Just like the air conditioner in your house, the AC in your vehicle should be serviced regularly to keep it running efficiently. Air conditioning service generally involves tightening hoses and connections, adding refrigerant and testing the unit for leaks. Get your air conditioning checked once a year even if it is working well to prevent future problems.

Fluid Changes

In addition to regular oil changes, it is also necessary to replace the fluids in various other systems in your vehicle. This includes flushing the brake system, coolant system, power steering and transmission, followed by replacing old fluids and lubricants with fresh. This prevents dirt and debris from getting into the inner workings of your vehicle and causing distress.

Alignment

Wheels that are in perfect alignment make your vehicle smooth and effortless to drive. However, the longer your drive your new vehicle the more likely it is that the alignment will slip and your car or truck will no longer drive as smoothly as before. A wheel alignment can help make your vehicle drive like new again by correcting slipping and misalignment.

Fuel Filter Replacement

The fuel filter is essential for making your fuel system run smoothly, and a clogged or dirty filter can cause your vehicle to burn more gasoline than is necessary. Get your fuel filter cleaned or replaced regularly to ensure that your new vehicle is fuel efficient and runs as cleanly as possible.

Call us today to schedule an appointment for maintenance on your vehicle. While you are here, one of our technicians can walk you through what you should be doing regularly to maintain your vehicle’s health.