A car is so much more than just a mode of transport. It very quickly becomes a part of the family. It’s been a part of creating so many precious memories. To keep those memories coming, your car needs proper care. It’s your responsibility to give your car the TLC that it needs throughout its life. Many of us may not know what our car’s maintenance requirements are. Or even how often we should be performing these checks. This comprehensive auto maintenance guide will help you through every step. This way you’ll keep your car in top condition for a long time to come.
Keep Track Of These Five Things
Before we go into a comprehensive checklist, there are some areas to keep under control. If you can get the following areas checked regularly, you’ll go a long way to keeping your car healthy.
Fluids should be checked regularly. They are the lifeblood of your car and keep everything running smoothly.
Remember to check the following:
- engine oil
- coolant levels
- brake fluid
- power steering fluid
- windshield washer fluid
Maintaining your tires at the correct pressure will increase your tire life. Optimal tire pressure will also lead to improved fuel consumption also while keeping your family safe. Make sure you get your tires checked out regularly for any leaks or wear and tear.
South Florida has a wet summer season, to put it mildly. Maintaining your wipers will ensure that you always have clear visibility. You don’t want to find out your wipers need replacing when the downpour comes. Rather let a reputable auto repair facility check your wipers before the rain.
Car batteries have a habit of giving up when we need them most. It’s important to keep track of their age, and their overall condition. If your car has been sitting for a few days in the garage, it’s best to start it up and go for a drive to charge up the battery.
Engine Air Filter
Air filters help to trap out dust and contaminants. Over time, our air filters get dirty and clogged up. They lose their effectiveness to filter the air. The result is that your engine may lose some performance as dust is allowed into the engine cavity. Make sure you get a professional mechanic to do a thorough check on your filters.
The Six-Month Checklist
Looking after a vehicle well is about understanding the various service intervals required. Certain items need to be serviced at different times. Getting these intervals right will save you a lot of time and money over the long run. All reputable service facilities should offer preventative maintenance plans. Your six-month checklist should be checked either every six months or every 3,000 miles.
- Engine oil and filter change
- Tire rotation and spare tire check
- Battery check
- Brake Fluid
- Braking inspection and test
- Full suspension inspection
The Annual Checklist
Once you’ve got your six-month checklist sorted, it’s then time to prioritize your annual vehicle service. This service will include the above list with a few additional areas added on.
This check includes:
- Air-conditioner and heater inspection and service
- Transmission fluid and filter change.
- Windshield wiper blade replacement
- Do a tune-up to ensure performance and fuel economy.
The Three to Five Year Checklist
Finally, there’s that major service that covers a few of those crucial running components.
- Engine belt replacement
- Battery replacement
- Timing belt replacement
- Fuel filter replacement
- Cooling system flush
- Electric system check
The Auto Maintenance Experts in Pompano Beach
At Foreign Affairs Motorwerks, we take care of your auto maintenance under one roof. Our scheduled maintenance plans will cover all interval services. Foreign Affairs boasts a world-class facility in Pompano Beach. It offers you and your car the best in auto maintenance. Call us today at 954-746-0488 to get your preventative maintenance sorted. Visit the Foreign Affairs Motorwerks Facebook page for up-to-date news and maintenance tips.