To get the specific mileage milestones, pull out your owner’s manual and look at the service schedule in the back. This will list the preventative maintenance that your automobile needs per its engine type. We here at Premier Auto Repair cannot stress enough how important preventative maintenance is. We know you hear this a lot, but it really does give you the ability to get the best miles out of your automobile because your vehicle will last longer and run more efficiently.
Battery Testing and Replacement
Have your car, truck, or utility vehicle’s battery tested once a year. This tells you how much voltage it is carrying when charged and how much power it is generating. If your battery is older than three years old, plan to replace it soon, as they don’t last much longer than that.
Brake Inspections and Servicing
A brake inspection gives us the chance to make sure that you’ll always be able to stop your automobile when you need to. Brake inspections should be done every 12,000 miles, and, on average, brake pads should be replaced every 30,000 miles.
Filter Checks and Replacements
Your vehicle has four filters that need to be replaced once they get too dirty. The air filter protects the engine and needs to be replaced every 12,000 miles. There is also an air filter in your cabin that should be replaced every 30,000 miles. The fuel filter cleans the gasoline of sediment up to about 30,000 miles, and your oil filter is changed at every oil change.
Fluid Checks and Refills
Speaking of oil changes, plan to have yours done every 3,000 miles. Other automotive fluids are generally changed at the 30,000-mile factory-scheduled service. This includes your brake fluid, transmission oil, and engine coolant.
Hoses and Belts
An annual hose and belt check makes sure that these parts have not succumbed to age and are cracked or leaking. This is particularly important if you have a timing belt in your engine. A broken timing belt can wipe out the cylinders, pistons, and valves.
Tires and Wheels
Finally, most people have their tires rotated every other oil change, i.e. every 6,000 miles. It’s a good idea to balance the wheels after the tires have been rotated, as well. A wheel alignment doesn’t have to be done more than annually or every two years.
Premier Auto Repair in Tyler, TX, wants you to get the most money out of your car with factory-scheduled preventative maintenance designed to keep it running like new for years. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.