Preventative Maintenance

If you want a ride to be there when you need it, then you need to pay attention and do preventative maintenance regularly:

  • Read Your Owner’s Manual
  • Do your own inspection. It’s basic, but give your car a once-over periodically so you catch anything that looks out of the ordinary.
    • Make sure all your lights are working.
    • Check the air pressure in your tires every month or so (and buy a cheap tire air pressure gauge and keep it in the glove compartment). Doing so is good for your tires, gets you better mileage, and saves you money in gas if you discover that the pressure is off.
    • Listen for any strange sounds, inside and out.
    • Make sure your tires have enough tread. You can use a penny to do it, or look out for the wear indicators on the tire treads.
    • If anything’s out of the ordinary, don’t ignore it.
  • Learn to check your fluids.
    • antifreeze
    • power steering
    • coolant
    • transmission fluid
    • never ignore a leak
  • Thing that need to be done regularly:
    • In the old days you could check timing belts and chains on site, but this is more difficult in newer vehicles so bring your vehicle in to have this done for you. Your owner’s manual will offer when these need to be changed, but remember what they list is a guideline, not a rule. Bring it in to us and our mechanics will inspect the belts and let you know when to replace them.
    • Check your oil and get it changed regularly. Whether your car has a dipstick to check the oil’s color and oil level or the dipstick has been replaced with an electronic gauge, you should know how to check it. Knowing the difference between clean oil and muddy, murky oil will save you a ton on unnecessary changes and gives you a way to tell if something’s wrong with your engine. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often your vehicle requires an oil change, some will be as low as 3,000 kilometers, some up to 10,000.
    • Replace your windshield wipers when the view starts to get streaks in it. Clean your windshield inside and out regularly.
    • Replace your cabin air filter. ┬áIt is easy to do this, but if you are not comfortable doing this, then please let us know.
    • Replace your engine air filter. Replacing it regularly is important. Your owner’s manual will give you a mileage estimate for how frequently you should replace your engine air filter.
    • Get your tires rotated and balanced, and your alignment checked. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often to do this, and it’s important to do to make sure your tires wear evenly and your car drives smoothly.
    • Change your spark plugs. If your spark plugs are worn out or covered in buildup, your engine isn’t working efficiently. That can cost you money in fuel for one, but it can also lead to a breakdown. Again, check your owners manual’s recommendation and get them changed regularly