Keeping your vehicle’s systems healthy is of the utmost concern if you want to stay safe on the road. However, many drivers do not get their vehicle serviced nearly enough, which can result in a much less healthy vehicle. There are certain systems and parts in your vehicle that must be regularly maintained. Unfortunately, many drivers are unaware of what these systems are. That’s why Tom’s Car Country is here to lend a helping hand with the answers you need for maintaining constant service for your vehicle.
Q: What does oil do and why should I change it?
A: Oil is crucial to how well your engine functions, and you should change it once every 3,000 miles, or about every 3 months depending on your driving habits. It works with the engine to prevent the mechanical parts from causing friction with one another; however, over time, oil can become dirty, causing it to get a sludge-like consistency, which is less effective.
Q: How often should I get my oil changed?
A: Conventional wisdom states that you should change your vehicle’s oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, the best way to determine the answer to this question is to check your vehicle’s manual, as each and every vehicle has a different rate at which the oil should be changed.
Q: What other fluids in my vehicle should I be worried about?
A: A number of other fluids are crucial to the life of your vehicle. Anti-freeze, also called engine coolant, also works to keep down the temperature of the engine and prevent it from overheating. Brake fluid is critical to keeping your brakes functioning, and wiper fluid should be refilled every so often as well. It’s important to check all fluids at least once a month.
Q: When should I replace my windshield wipers?
A: In order to answer this question, you should maintain a keen sense of observation. Once your windshield wipers begin to leave constant streaks across your vehicle’s windshield, that is when you will know you need new wipers. Other signs include constant squeaking and difficulty moving.
Q: How often should I change my tires?
A: Tires, while an important part of vehicle safety, don’t need to be changed as option as other parts. As long as you keep your tires properly inflated and practice good driving habits, a set of tires can last anywhere from 50,000 to 60,000 miles. If you’re worried, though, you can easily check the tread depth of your tires with a penny by placing Lincoln’s head upside down into the tread of your tire; if you can’t see the top of his head, you’re in the clear.
Q: When should I have my tires balanced and my alignment checked?
A: The easiest answer to this question is as soon as you notice that your ride is off-balance. A car that can’t keep straight on the road for even a small amount of time is a sure sign of faulty alignment. However, you can also prevent alignment problems before they happen, as constant alignment checks and tire balances will help you maintain a smooth ride on the road!
Q: When should I get my brakes checked?
A: It’s recommended that you have your brakes checked about every 6 months, but if you hear any grinding, squealing, or any noise that can be traced back to your brakes, you should take your vehicle in as soon as possible.
Q: How often should wiper blades be changed?
A: This differs based on the sort of climate you live in and where you park your vehicle. Cars parked outside and in rainy climates may have to have their wiper blades changed up to 3 times a year. However, if you live in a more temperate climate and park in the garage, you may only have to change your wiper blades 1 time a year.