Is Preventive Maintenance for Your Car Important? (Part 1)

If you have spent a lot of money in car repairs in the past, you know well that preventive maintenance of your car is vital to its longevity and resale value.

The Preventive Maintenance Schedule

They can give a list of a methodical schedule when your lubrication (wheel bearings), fluids, (clutch, steering, brake, cooling, filters (air, oil, air-con, transmission, fuel), belts (fan, timing, steering, air-con), clutch, bulbs, brakes and bearings, and if parts of your car needs increase or changed. This kind of list is called the Preventive Maintenance Schedule or PMS, which when followed will avoid any frustration on your part when you experience a car trouble.

Every time you do a preventive maintenance, you have to pay for the parts and labor. By doing this, you save your car more damage and in the long term, it will save you a couple of thousand dollars. So, let us go to some tips that will help you.

  • Check the manual.

First and foremost, read your owner’s manual. Your regular maintenance schedule is inside your manual. If you mistake to use the wrong type of oil or putting in it a higher octane fuel with the least octane, it might even cause a cancellation of your warranty. But the worst thing that could also happen is that you will spend a lot more than you should have because you wanted to opt for the cheap materials.

  • Do the inspection.

Take a quick look regularly. See if your lights are working. Check the air pressure of your tires at least once a month and make sure you have a tire air pressure gauge. This will do good for your tires have good mileage and save you a lot of money on your gas. Do not forget to listen for a peculiar sound inside or outside.

Likewise, you should check if your tires have enough tread. You can do this by searching for wear indicators or you can turn the penny in such a way that Lincoln’s head is pointing downward in the tread. If the top of Lincoln’s head vanishes between the ribs then you are in good shape. That means you have above 2/32. However, if the whole head can be seen, then you should change your tire. If something is strange to you, pay attention.

  • Take a look at your fluids.

Even if you do not know how to change certain things like power steering or wiper fluid, at least know how to check its fluid levels. In other cars, the tank level can easily be seen but a lot of gauges or dipsticks can pull to see the most recent fluid levels seen in the notch that shows the ideal levels. If it is below the required level, add oil right away. The level does depend on the kind of engine your car has, its age, overall mileage and its driving conditions.


If you are looking for a dependable auto body repair shop to check your car, go to Chaney’s Collision Center. Chaney’s Collision Center do more than check your car and professionally trained collision repair experts are there to help you in times of a preventive maintenance. Call Chaney’s Collision Center at (623) 915-2886.


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