October 22, 2014
A properly maintained vehicle can provide dependable service year-round. As we prepare for a new season, it’s a great time to make sure you are up-to-date on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance repairs.
Our friends at Car Care have developed a useful guide to help you keep track of your vehicle’s maintenance needs. We recommend you review this guide to familiarize yourself with your vehicle and how it operates. In particular we suggest you check out the following sections:
Belts and Hoses
Experts recommend replacing belts, radiator and heater hoses at specific intervals to prevent your vehicle from breaking down. It’s almost impossible to know the true condition of a belt or hose by its outward appearance because most belts and hoses fail from the inside out. The industry recommendation suggests an “I60/R90” approach to maintaining your timing belt: inspect the timing belt every 60,000 miles and replace it every 90,000 miles.
Click here to learn more about your vehicle’s belts and hoses.
Engine Cooling System
The key components of the cooling system remove heat from the engine and automatic transmission and dissipate heat to the air outside. If the cooling system isn’t operating properly you can experience numerous problems, such as overheating and leaks.
Cooling systems have advanced over the years, so if you suspect a problem with your vehicle’s cooling system you should have it checked out immediately. Click here to learn more about the engine cooling system.
The number of miles per gallon your vehicle achieves can vary based on how you drive and maintain it. Low tire pressure, a clogged air filter, or worn spark plugs can lower MPGs, as can aggressive driving and excessive idling.
Click here to learn how you can increase your vehicle’s MPGs.
Download the Car Care Guide today to learn more about the importance of proper vehicle maintenance.