Preventive maintenance is crucial for your car. You will be surprised to know that most car owners don’t think about maintenance until their vehicle breaks down. Preventive vehicle care will help protect your car and help avoid costly repairs.
The Importance of Preventative Car Maintenance
Regular monthly checkup will help protect your vehicle from any kind of unexpected problems on the road. Vehicle maintenance is not a difficult task. Even car owners with limited knowledge will be able to perform routine preventive maintenance tasks.
The various things that you should check in preventive maintenance include:
- Belts and Hoses
The engine has many belts (fan belt, drive belt, timing belt, and power steering belt) that ensure the car runs properly. Belts can get damaged and this can affect the performance of your vehicle.
A damaged belt can cause overheating, mechanical breakdown, and loss of electrical power. If a damaged timing belt is not replaced, it can result in engine breakdown.
Preventive maintenance will help you ascertain the condition of the belts and replace them if necessary.
Brakes keep you safe on the road. A regular check-up will enable you to determine if there is any damage to the rotors.
- Fluid Levels
Use dipsticks to check the fluid level of your vehicle’s important fluids. Refill if you find the fluid levels down. If you had refilled the fluids recently and yet find the levels down, it is an indication of a leak. Get the leak fixed immediately to avoid any trouble on the road.
Vehicle batteries should be recharged at regular intervals. This will ensure smooth functioning of your car. Most batteries last 2 – 3 years. You may have to replace the batteries if it is too old.