Everyone knows that in order to keep your car running in good condition there is a certain amount of maintenance involved. But what you might not realize is just how important these services are and what is the difference between scheduled and regular maintenance. Therefore, I will go over both here briefly and help you to better understand the difference. Regular maintenance includes service like tire rotation, oil changes and brake pad replacement. These types of auto service are necessary more often than scheduled maintenance. Scheduled maintenance is more extensive; it covers a broader range of internal automobile components and is required less often than regular maintenance.
Factory scheduled maintenance is usually performed every 30,000 miles /60,000 miles / 90,000 miles and so on. These numbers may vary depending on your car’s make and model, so always refer to your owners manual for exact intervals or ask your local auto repair shop. Each interval has some basic maintenance involved, as well as, more detailed inspections of fluids, filters, spark plugs, and wear and tear. The manufacturer sets these guidelines to get the best possible performance based on normal driving conditions.
Regular Maintenance has changed quite a bit in jus the last ten years. The importance of regular maintenance is the fact that it is the easiest and most cost effective to keep your car running strong and avoid costly repairs due to neglect. It used to be normal to have your oil changed every few months or every 3,000 miles. Now with the all the advancements in engine oil and the use of synthetics, an automobile can now go 5,000, 7,000, and even 10,000 miles without an oil change being necessary.
Now that brings us to tires and brakes; there are many ways proper tire maintenance can help. If you fail to maintain your tires, you can run into some expensive repairs that are avoidable. We advise that you check your tire pressure regularly meaning at least once a month. This is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to increase your fuel efficiency. The next step is to have your tires aligned, rotated, and balanced regularly. Wheel alignment is not required as much as rotation and balancing but it is important enough to include in this article. We suggest having your tires rotated every 6,000 miles or every oil change depending on your car’s maintenance schedule. Brake pads will also need inspection from time to time to make sure there is enough material between your brakes and rotors. If your brake pads wear out and you fail to change them, you run the risk of damaging your rotors. Replacing rotors can become costly so keep up with your brake pads and have them inspected regularly.
Following these basic tips your vehicle should run stronger and for longer and help keep costly repairs to a minimum. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment or call the shop. Stay safe on the road and until next time.