Preventative Maintenance That You Can Do Yourself

Posted Friday, Jun 01, 2018

It’s hard to understate just how important preventative maintenance is for your car. There are a lot of moving parts in your car, and they are extremely susceptible to wear and tear. If you don’t care for your car, it’s not a question of if your car will break down or fail in the future, it’s a question of when.

This couldn’t be more true than when you buy a used car. Used cars already have a ripe history on the road, so their innards have already worked extensively and could be prone to problems if their needs aren’t seen to. As a used car dealership, we think it’s very important for every one of our clients to understand what they can do to keep their car going.

Here are some easy-to-do preventative maintenance procedures that will improve the longevity of your vehicle:

Oil Change

Most vehicles can run a very, very long time on a relatively small amount of oil. But the oil will eventually deplete, and you don’t want to be driving your vehicle when it does. It suffices to say that it’s very bad when your car runs out of oil. While most cars will warn you when your oil levels get low, it’s good to take care of it before it even becomes a problem.

Oil Changes are affordable and can be done quickly, usually within one hour of bringing your car in. It’s good to change your oil out frequently. While the “go-to” number is about 3000 miles, your vehicle ownership manual will give you a more precise statistic.

Check Your Belts and Hoses

Your engine, no matter what car you drive, will have various belts and hoses. Your timing belt and serpentine belt are particularly important, and the tubes throughout your engine are critical for your car’s air flow system.

Surprisingly, it can sometimes be hard to tell when one of these belts or hoses has snapped or broken, and you might not realize it for a long time until you open your hood. But if you are driving around with one of your belts or hoses missing/broken, the consequences can be dire.

Read your car’s manual to understand where all of these are in your own car’s engine. These components aren’t metal, and as such, they tend to crack and weaken over time. You don’t want to find yourself stranded somewhere because your alternator belt suddenly broke.

 

 

Replace Your Air Filter

The air flow system of your car is a critically important component, and your air filter is what catches all the nasty gunk that’s in the air that circulates through your vehicle. This will inevitably become stuffed with crud, and when you have a clogged up air filter, you might face annoying consequences such as poor mileage and rough performance.

Luckily, air filters are fairly cheap, and usually pretty easy to replace. Once again, there’s no universal rule for air filters — every vehicle differs in where the filter is located, and how long it will last. Check out your vehicle’s manual just to be sure!

Bring it to the Experts

And, of course, you have nothing to lose by bringing your car to a professional for a general checkup. Mechanics can often catch problems that you’re not aware of. At A2 Auto Sales, we offer auto services to the people of Kalispell, in addition to our used cars selection. Contact us today to get started!

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