A New Year’s promise that pays off
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If cars could talk, what would they say? Would they feel cared for or neglected by their owners, and would they eventually trade in their owners as a way to get maintained?
If you car has been taken for granted, the start of the New Year is an ideal time to make things right and commit to regular maintenance. By doing so, your vehicle will respond with improved performance, safety and reliability. And you’re likely to save on costly repair bills that often are the result of neglect, according to the Car Care Council.
The council recommends the following service interval schedule to use when making regular vehicle maintenance a part of your New Year’s resolution:
•Every Month – Check tire pressures and the condition of the tires, lights and windshield washer fluid. Your vehicle should also be cleaned monthly, or more frequently if possible.
•Every three months (or 5,000 km) - Change the engine oil and filter. Check the levels of other fluids including automatic transmission, power steering and brake reservoirs. Check the battery and cables, as well as all hoses and belts. The exhaust system and fuel filter should also be checked at this interval.
•Every six months (or 10,000 km) – Windshield wipers should be replaced and the chassis lubrication checked.
•Every 12 months (or 20,000 km) – Check the brakes, spark plugs, coolant, steering and suspension. And remember, if the ‘Check Engine’ light comes on, your vehicle should be immediately taken in for service to identify the problem.
The Car Care Council website www.carcarecanada.comhas a Service Interval Schedule for you to follow. You should also consult your owner’s manual, too, for specific recommendations by the vehicle maker.
Many New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep and fall by the wayside pretty quickly. But this one should be different because it’s relatively simple to implement and the results are demonstrated in a better performing vehicle and fewer unexpected repairs and breakdowns.