Considering oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, you should only buy quality oil. There are different types of oils available in the market including light oils, partial synthetic, and full synthetic among others.
Engine fluids may be filled to the right level, but they will not be very efficient if they stay in the engine for too long. Vehicle fluids like oil must be changed regularly because they break down with time. Fuel is available in different grades ranging from 87 to 93 octane. It is important to use the right fuel grade on your vehicle. In addition, use a fuel injector cleaner after specific period. Fuel becomes stale as it ages no matter where it was stored. Consider buying gas from trustworthy filling stations to ensure the fuel you buy is fresh.
Giving your car proper maintenance will make it last longer. Car maintenance should involve taking care of both the exterior and interior components of your car and often involves applying paint protection, waxing, and proper cleaning. In addition, ensure your car tires have the right pressure and that the front end is well aligned to ensure your car suspension and tires last longer. Protect your car from breakdowns by using clean fuel, oil, and air filters.
Most people think that any type of fuel is suitable for a car. This is not accurate because there are different types of fuel each with its own function. 93-octane fuel is recommended for high performance engines. However, 87-octane fuel will still work on a high performance engine but it may not start the engine properly. It may also waste your fuel by running rough or misfiring.
Poor maintenance of fuel filters may lead to clogging. This will lead to the accumulation of contaminants in your fuel system, which will slow your engine down and ruin it. However, you can buy quality oil filter, which does not clog easily. Flushing out your cooling system and radiator is also important. Without proper flushing, your system will be clogged, hindering proper flow of the oil, which leads to over-heating.
Car Maintenance Checklist
Car maintenance procedures differ depending on the vehicle’s brand, model, engine construction, and drive train. It is important to consult your car manufacturer or vehicle maintenance technicians to determine the specific maintenance procedures your vehicle requires.
Engine and Drive train Fluids
Check you vehicle’s brake fluid, engine coolant, hydraulic clutch fluid, and power steering fluid regularly. Examine the rear and front wheel differentials as well as the transfer case on four-wheel drive vehicles. Change these fluids at regular intervals.
Engine Wear Points
Most engine parts begin to fail after considerable periods of use. These parts include breather elements, spark plugs, air filters, and PVC valves. Regularly check these components and repair them when necessary. Consider replacing them altogether if they are significantly worn out.
Consider maintaining important parts of your vehicle’s frame and body. Check the brake system including pads, drums, tires and brake calipers and replace them where necessary. Changing your tires regularly will increase tread life.
The automatic transmission fluid should not exceed 100,000 miles before it can be changed. Failure to change the automatic transmission fluid regularly may lead to engine damage. Whenever you perform a filter or full oil change, check your engine components to ensure everything is in the best condition possible.
Even though state regulations require an annual inspection of your vehicle, it is recommended to establish a proper maintenance schedule with A & J Automotive to ensure your vehicle stays in optimal operating condition in between. This will also limit any surprises come inspection time.