Preventative Maintenance: What and When to Check

What is the single biggest reason most vehicle owners incur expensive repairs? Answer: Neglecting the car's preventative maintenance schedule. Vehicles are mechanical machines which must be regularly and diligently maintained. For those smart owners seeking to avoid expensive repairs, the solution is as simple as regularly scheduled maintenance of your vehicle.

The professionals here at Haus of Cars have included below a helpful list of the most common maintenance checks we regularly perform for your vehicle. We are your nearby auto shop that specializes in your car’s preventive maintenance schedule. Experience has taught us to carefully follow manufacturers guidelines on vehicle maintenance. We do that for every vehicle we service. While this is not an exhaustive list of every maintenance we perform, we have included the most common checks vehicle makers recommend.

 

Oil

Your car's engine oil is the very lubricant that coats the internal parts of the engine as it runs. This coating of internal parts helps reduce internal engine friction and wear extending engine life. Modern oil is generally a blend of oil and other protective ingredients specially formulated for your particular car's engine. As motor oil is repeatedly heated to extreme temperatures during the run cycles, its protective properties diminish. To maintain ultimate internal engine protection, vehicle makers recommend regular oil changes. Oil changes are generally recommended between 5,000 to 8,000 kilometers, depending upon the make and model of the vehicle, owner use, and age of the vehicle. Your owner's manual includes an oil change interval or schedule. We are happy to provide that service for you.

 

Coolant

Running engines generate a lot of friction, and that friction produces a lot of heat. Engine coolant performs the very important function of continually cooling running engines. It too is a chemical compound, and like all chemical compounds put under stress, it loses its cooling capabilities. If the coolant is not doing the efficient job of removing the heat from the engine, the engine runs hotter. When the engine runs hotter, friction increases, and so does engine wear. Regular coolant testing, replacement and coolant flushes are an integral part of maintaining your car's engine. Coolant changes usually should be done at every 50,000 kilometers.

 

Transmission Fluid

One often overlooked fluid is the transmission fluid, which needs to be drained and filled every 50,000 kilometers. Your transmission is one of the core components of your car that makes it run, and all the gears inside of it need to stay lubricated. To check if your transmission fluid needs changing, it should smell burnt or feel gritty to the touch upon checking instead of clear or pinkish. Failure to ensure this fluid is up to par could cause your transmission to seize, which then requires a new transmission or a brand new car.

 

Other Vital Fluids

Brake Fluid - Most car makers also have regular, scheduled checks of all the other vital fluids like brake fluid. This fluid helps maintain proper braking function by protecting braking hydraulics. As part of our maintenance, we check this fluid plus all brake lines and connections.

Power Steering Fluid – All modern cars have power steering to ensure the car turns easily. This fluid support that function, and runs low over time.

Windshield Washer Fluid – Bugs on the windshield? Glass not so clear? Washer fluid provides the quick wash on the go, and as such is used up over time. Don’t forget to actually wash the car on occasion.

 

Belts & Hoses

Engine belt condition and the pulleys they are mounted to are also important engine components. They are also subject to wear and breakdown. We regularly check for cracked or frayed belts and pulley condition. The engine drive belt or serpentine belt should be changed every 75,000 kilometers, but check your owner's manual for your car's recommended change.

Hoses of course route vital fluids to all parts of the vehicle including the engine, brakes and radiator. Most of these hoses are flexible and pliable. That flexibility and immense leaves them subject to splits or cracks.

 

Tire Air Pressure

One of the most common causes of vehicle accidents is driver error. Often that driver error is caused by under-inflated tires. Under-inflated tires can not respond sufficiently to extreme driving conditions. Unresponsive tires make the vehicle more difficult to manage in an emergency. Not only are under-inflated tires a driving danger, but they also cause excessive tire wear. Proper tire inflation assures the vehicle owner he is getting maximum wear from his tires. We always check tires for the proper amount of air recommended for your particular vehicle.

 

Tire Wear

Unusual and excessive tire wear are usually signs of other problems. These problems can be in the wheels, the axles or the tires themselves. Spotting and diagnosing these problems early can prevent more expensive problems and driving accidents. We are always careful to check out and learn the cause of excessive or unusual tire wear as part of your oil change service.

 

Car Lighting

Ever get one of those useless traffic tickets for a malfunctioning light? The cost of that ticket is much more than the cost of a bulb for that light. More devastating than the annoying traffic ticket, a burned-out headlight has been known to cause more than one auto accident. That invariably costs more than that single light bulb. When you get your car maintenance done with us here at Haus of Cars, we check and test all vehicle lights and bulbs. We can also restore your headlights back to its original shine.