Preventative Car Maintenance: 3 Important Services You Can’t Afford To Overlook

When it comes to truly getting the most out of your vehicle, preventative maintenance is king. Through the use of preventative maintenance services, it is possible to reduce the frequency of your repairs, ensure your vehicle is safe to drive, and ultimately minimize the cost of operating your vehicle. The problem is, with so many different maintenance services and recommendations out there, it can often be difficult for vehicle owners to know exactly what services they really require and which are simply designed to help separate them from their hard earned money. If you have found yourself dealing with this same issue, taking the time to review the information below can help you to identify a few of the most important maintenance services for your vehicle.

Oil Change

As you drive your vehicle, motor oil is circulated throughout your engine. This motor oil picks up small amounts of debris along the way which cause the oil to get thick over time. The thicker the oil gets, the more oil will stick to the surfaces in your engine. When this happens, friction in your engine will increase, causing seals to weaken and gears to grind. The deposits that are left behind by thick motor oil can also eat away at the metal in your engine. This is why it is so important to get your oil changed on a regular basis, even if that pesky oil light does not come on until long after your next scheduled maintenance.

Tire Rotation And Balancing

Your tires play an important role in the safety of your vehicle. If the tread on the tires is uneven, your vehicle will be unable to grip the road properly and may be unable to stop when exposed to wet or otherwise slippery road conditions.

Other issues with your tires, such as unbalanced weight, can cause your tires to shake when you exceed a certain speed. Again, this can have a huge impact on your ability to drive safely.

Having your tires rotated and balanced on a regular basis can help to prevent these issues and identify more serious issues with you wheel assembly before an emergency occurs.

Transmission Flush

Your transmission is a very important part of your vehicle. This part converts the power that is produced by your engine into what is known as torque. Torque is responsible for propelling your vehicle forward or backwards. Consequently, without a working transmission, your vehicle may run, but it will not move.

Just as with your engine, your transmission will rely heavily on lubrication in order to function properly. The difference is, while your engine requires motor oil, your transmission will require transmission fluid. Transmission fluid can also become dirty and thick over time causing a variety of issues within the transmission. Having your transmission flushed will allow you to replace this dirty fluid.

For more information, contact Schwabe's Automotive Center or a similar location.