You might be wondering why you need to take your vehicle in for maintenance. It might seem like a hassle to set aside some time just to take your vehicle to the mechanic to ensure everything is working. You might think, “Why do I need to check when nothing feels wrong?”
When you regularly take your car in for maintenance, you are ensuring that your vehicle stays in good condition. Regular vehicle maintenance will also save from spending extra money on expensive repairs in the future. You will also have a detailed service record to help you boost the value of your car if you decide to sell it later.
You should also remember that if you don’t do regular maintenance on your vehicle, you might void your vehicle’s warranty. You may have heard the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Prevent costly repairs before they turn into a larger problem.
You might take excellent care of your car, but even the best-kept cars will have a snag. Most vehicles will often have tell-tale signs that something is wrong and that it needs to go in for full vehicle maintenance.
For example, there’s the “check engine” light or “service engine soon” indicator on your dashboard, which are just some of the clues that your vehicle will let you know when you need to take your vehicle in for full maintenance. The other clues would include the following:
Fuel efficiency - If you’ve noticed that your fuel bill has gone up recently, it could be due to leaky fuel injectors and bad sensors, not just the economy. To fix these issues, you’ll need full vehicle maintenance to determine if it’s a factor.
Braking - One of the biggest, and most dangerous vehicle issues, are brake issues. You should take your vehicle in for maintenance if there are any scraping or squeaking sounds or if there is a “soft” brake pedal.
Inadquate acceleration - If you’ve noticed that your vehicle isn’t performing as well as it should, it could be time to take your vehicle in for maintenance.
Lurching or hard shifting - Changing gears is meant to be done in a smooth motion, so if you feel that you have to force a gear change, your car will need a tune-up.
Stalling or trouble starting - When your vehicle is having trouble going, or it starts to stall more often, you will need to take your vehicle in for a tune-up.
Shaking car - If you feel the vehicle shake while turning, starting, or stopping, you should have a qualified mechanic check it out.
Remember that there will also be some not-so-obvious signs that your vehicle will need to go in for full maintenance. Sometimes these signs can be vague and intermittent, but no one else will know your vehicle better than you do.
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, remember that prevention will often be less expensive than the cure. Regular maintenance and check-ups will give your vehicle a longer lifespan and keep performing well.
You will need to check your vehicle’s manual to check how often you will need to take your vehicle in for full maintenance. However, you should take your vehicle in for maintenance immediately if you notice the following:
At your monthly full vehicle maintenance check, you can expect the following in your vehicle to be checked:
At a three-month full vehicle maintenance check, you can expect the following in your vehicle to be checked:
At a six-month full vehicle maintenance check, you can expect the following in your vehicle to be checked:
At the one-year mark, you can expect the following in your vehicle to be checked:
When you’ve had your vehicle for two years, or it’s two years old, you will get the following checked:
When you take your vehicle in for full long-term maintenance, the following will be checked and done:
It’s important to remember that the signs and the checklists mentioned above are meant to be general guidelines on what to expect. It’s always a good idea to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to check how often you will need to take it in for maintenance. Call our office to schedule an appointment and we will be happy to take a look.