Engine oil is what lubricates a car’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer.Car owners must maintain a car’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their cars make and model.
The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. The Engine Oil Bible maintains that engine oil can’t be changed often enough, but Nordic group insists that, with the advent of detergent oils and multi-weight oils, some vehicles can go as far as 6,000 miles before needing an oil change. The best course of action is to check the owner’s manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
Transmission Fluid Service. Each vehicle has fluid and most have serviceable filters that require changing/servicing at either 30,000 or 50,000 mile intervals. As fluids age, they break down and stop lubricating as needed, so this service helps prevent any expensive breakdowns of the internal transmission components.
Differential Fluid Services. The rear differential, as well as the front (on 4wd and AWD vehicles) require scheduled fluid services to replace aged fluids to assure proper lubrication of all internal gearing, normally every 30,000 miles on most vehicles.
Transfer Case Fluid Service. 4wd and AWD vehicles have transfer cases that require scheduled fluid services to replace aged fluids to assure proper lubrication of all internal gearing as well, normally every 30,000 miles.
Power Steering Fluid. Vehicles are either manual, power or electric steering. If the vehicle is power steering, it is fluid based and also requires scheduled fluid flushes to replace aged/worn down fluid with new in order to prevent damages to internal components.
How important is your vehicles suspension system?
Think of it this way: Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with worn suspension components can cause angle misadjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!