The technology in
today's vehicles has become so sophisticated, many drivers are
unaware of how their vehicle's systems actually work. Although
it is not important for drivers to completely understand these
systems, it is important to have a basic understanding of the
systems and components that have the greatest impact on safety,
dependability and performance. Regular maintenance is the key to
continued performance and safety, as well as protection from
Below is a list of some of the important systems you should have
serviced and inspected on a regular basis. Always refer to your
vehicle's owner's manual for detailed recommended service
are an important safety device. You should have your brakes
inspected as part of your routine service. Any sign of poor
braking performance should be addressed immediately.
cooling system checked as part of your maintenance program.
Problems with your cooling system could lead to excessive engine
wear. If cooling system problems are not addressed, it can lead
to expensive repairs.
Filters: All the filters on
your vehicle should be replaced as part of a regular service
regimen. Air and fuel filters should be examined on a regular
basis and changed as required.
Fluids: Oil should be
changed every 3000 Miles or 3 months, which ever comes first.
You should also check engine coolant, transmission and power
steering fluid, as well as brake fluid.
system not only absorbs bumps, but also ensures proper
tire-to-road contact. Worn suspension components compromise
steering control and may lead to premature tire wear.
Tire pressure should
be checked regularly. Proper tire inflation is not only a
fundamental component of safe driving, but also ensures optimum
tire life. Damaged tires should be replaced immediately.
Ignition System: It is essential
to service your ignition system in accordance to the intervals specified
in your owner's manual. Worn spark plugs and ignition components will result in poor
engine performance and may cause excessive emission outputs.
Windshield Wipers and Lights: Inspect your windshield wipers regularly. Worn windshield wiper
blades will cause streaking that can impair visibility.
Periodically walk around your vehicle to ensure all lights are
working. This includes brake, tail, signal and headlights.
The key to owning a reliable and safe operating vehicle is
regular maintenance. The minor expense associated with regular
service is by far, money well spent. A lack of maintenance will
almost always ensure costly break downs. If you notice any
problems with your vehicle, have a professional examine it.
Small problems caught in time, could eliminate major and