How to Maintain Your Vehicle

September 15th, 2021 by

Your vehicle relies on various systems to function properly in order for the entire vehicle to operate. These systems use many parts which can be hard to keep track of. There are several ways that you can make sure that your vehicle remains well-maintained and in good condition.


Oil Changes

An oil change is an essential service that you need to do regularly for your vehicle. During an oil change, a technician will change both the oil and oil filter that is in your vehicle’s engine. The old oil in your vehicle will be replaced with a new batch that will allow the vehicle’s engine to run smoothly and efficiently. The oil filter is also changed during an oil change so that the new oil can continue to remain clean. The frequency at which you will need to have an oil change done on your vehicle depends on the type of oil that is used in your vehicle’s engine and the engine design itself.

 

Tire Rotations

Tire rotations are a great way for you to extend the lifespan of your vehicle’s tires, ultimately helping you to save money on your vehicle. A tire rotation allows a technician to decrease the amount of wear that a set of tires experiences by readjusting where the tires contact the roads. Tire rotations can be done routinely on a set of tires until the tires are completely worn and need to be replaced.

 

Wheel Alignments

Wheel alignments can improve the ride quality of your vehicle, save you money, and make your vehicle safer to drive. A wheel alignment aligns all of the wheels on a vehicle back to their factory settings. Wheel alignments are necessary due to the fact that the wheels of a vehicle gradually lose their alignment as a driver drives the vehicle; this happens naturally. When the wheels of a vehicle are misaligned, however, they force the suspension system of the vehicle to work harder and allow the tires of the vehicle to wear down quicker. During a wheel alignment, a technician will align each wheel of your vehicle back to the specifications that have been set by the vehicle’s manufacturer. There are several types of wheel alignments that are used on vehicles, which are based on the drivetrain suspension components that the vehicle has. 


Battery Inspections

The battery of your vehicle provides the power that the vehicle needs to start. Additionally, as your vehicle’s engine runs, the battery of the engine provides some power for the vehicle’s electronics. Routinely check the condition of your vehicle’s battery by inspecting its overall condition and testing the charge of the battery. You should monitor the charging posts of the battery and inspect the battery for any signs of leakage. Checking the charge of your vehicle’s battery will allow you to determine if it is wearing out and will need to be replaced. Waiting too long to replace your vehicle’s battery can cause your vehicle to leave you stranded unexpectedly.

 

Brake System Service

To make sure that your vehicle’s brakes are powerful enough for the situations when you need them the most, routinely have its brake system serviced. There are several different brake system services, like brake fluid changes and brake pad replacements. If you notice that the brakes of your vehicle are getting harder to press or that your vehicle’s brakes are squeaking as you press the breaks, then it is time for you to have its brake system serviced.


Windshield Wiper Replacement

Your vehicle’s windshield wipers need to be replaced routinely to provide the best visibility for you. Windshield wipers consist of two components; the wipers and the wiper blades. The windshield wiper blades of your vehicle will need to be replaced more often than the wipers themselves. There are a variety of windshield wipers and wiper blades for you to choose from on the market. However, the original wiper blade models that are included with your vehicle may suffice when you are shopping for a replacement set.

 

Conclusion

Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends for the vehicle. Manufacturers typically have different maintenance routines for different models in their lineups. Keeping your vehicle properly maintained will allow it to continue running smoothly and dependably. At Cumming Chevrolet we provide the products and services that you need to maintain your vehicle.

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