What are the Most Important Vehicle Maintenance Items?

We know that car maintenance can be tricky for a lot of vehicle owners, especially when you realize just how many systems are in your vehicle that needs to be taken care of. It can be a bit overwhelming to try to understand when your vehicle needs all these items taken care of, but the reality is proper vehicle maintenance can save you thousands over the years. 

If you're unsure of how often your vehicle requires maintenance, a key source for this information is your car's owner's manual. Here, you will find your vehicle's manufacturer recommendations, which is the most accurate source for your individual vehicle. 

Here are some of the most important car maintenance services that should never be missed for your vehicle:

1. Oil Change

All vehicle owners are familiar with their regular oil change. Although it may seem like a small routine service, oil changes have a huge effect on the overall health of your vehicle. They are important for keeping your engine protected and should never be missed. Most vehicles need an oil change every 3 to 6 months.

2. Tune-up/Major Service

A vehicle due for a tune-up has usually reached a certain milestone in terms of mileage, which in today's time is typically every 30k, 60k, and 90k miles. The services needed for this major service will vary depending upon the make and model of your vehicle, age, condition, and your individual driving habits. This major service will help give your vehicle a boost in performance and ensure that any repairs or services are taken care of. 

3. Fluid Flushes

Your vehicle runs on many different fluids, and making sure those fluids are topped-off and fresh is important. Each fluid has an important job, including protecting parts from corrosion, dirt build-up, and making sure systems work properly. A fluid flush will replace old oil and clean out the entire system to make sure the fluid can do its job. 

4. Inspections

Regular vehicle inspections are key to maintaining a reliable vehicle. Often times, you may need a service or repair and not know it because the symptoms are not obvious. The sooner you catch an issue, the less overall repairs you'll need. A good rule of thumb is to have a vehicle inspection performed at every oil change. 

5. Tires

Your vehicle's tires should always be kept in good condition to ensure your safety. This includes the proper tire air pressure, regular balancing and rotations, and wheel alignments. Tires that are under inflated can wear down quickly and decrease fuel efficiency. Tires that aren’t balanced, rotated, or aligned properly can also wear down excessively and cause handling issues. We suggest that your tires are inspected at least twice a year to ensure they are in good working condition. 

All of the vehicle services listed above are important to the overall operation of your vehicle. It will keep your car running at its best and you'll end up saving a bunch of money over time. If you do find that your vehicle is due for any of these services, don't hesitate to bring your car into the experts here at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive today!