Guide to periodic vehicle maintenance checks

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Periodic Vehicle maintenance checks are important when it comes to ensuring the top condition of a vehicle. It also ensures the safety of its driver and his passengers. This is because it sees possible issues even before it becomes a safety issue.

For new car owners, there guides that could help in reminding them about the car maintenance work, apart from apps as well as the reminders of their respective service providers.

The Car Care Council came up with a guide on this to remind car owners about their maintenance schedule. They also included in that article the reasons why a periodic car maintenance check is a must.

“Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is routine maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics. A recent survey by the Car Care Council found: (1) 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid. (2) 18% had dirty air filters. (3) 17% had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels. (4) 16% needed new windshield wiper and 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid. (5) 18% needed new belts. Overall, 89% of vehicles were in need of at least one service or repair.”

Take a look at their suggested maintenance schedule here.

Easy to follow

Cars Direct also came up with an easy to follow car maintenance guide for vehicle owners. They have broken down the schedule on a per mileage basis so that it will be easier to comprehend and more doable for car owners.

The first schedule they specified is the 3,000 to 7,000 mile period. “The oil and oil filter should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommended auto maintenance schedule with a majority suggesting the oil and oil filter be replaced between 3,000 and 7,000 miles. Furthermore, inspection of the transmission fluid level, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and wipers, tires and all exterior lights is also encouraged.”

Read the rest of the schedule here.

The website meanwhile shared signs on when to have a check-up outside the usual preventive maintenance schedule. They listed down top ten signs.

“Below are the top 10 signs of your car needing an oil change and/or a tune-up. (1) Car Stalling – If you’re driving and your vehicle begins to stall, then you could have a big or small problem. A small problem would be if you have a clogged fuel filter or bad spark plugs. Something like this can be replaced with a simple tune-up. (2) Difficulty Starting Engine – If you notice that you’re consistently having problems turning on your engine, then you might need to replace your battery. You may notice the engine hesitating before it starts up while the lights on the dashboard dim a bit. Clearly, you need a tune-up that involves a new battery.”

Read the continuation here.

Preventive maintenance checks are indeed critical in keeping a vehicle in a good running condition.

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