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Your Go-To Guide for Standard Maintenance and Auto Service

Your Go-To Guide for Standard Maintenance and Auto Service

Vehicles are complex and they require periodic maintenance. As a driver, you prefer to focus more on your travel and less on maintenance requirements. But regular maintenance rewards you with longer intervals without repair.

As a first-time vehicle owner, maintenance and auto servicing can be a daunting prospect. But don’t worry, we have you covered in this area! Here is a simple guide to the standard maintenance you will need to keep your vehicle in top shape and prolong its lifespan.

How to keep your vehicle in peak condition

1. Consult your owner’s manual

It’s that simple!

Your owner’s manual will have suggested intervals for when to schedule maintenance. If you follow these guidelines, you can keep your vehicle performing at a high level for many miles ahead.

Of course, schedule a service appointment immediately if you notice an issue. But this simple suggestion will build a strong foundation for your vehicle’s upkeep.

2. Schedule regular oil changes & tire rotations

This is a big one. Oil change recommendations vary based on the type of motor oil you use. But a good benchmark is every 3,000 miles (or three months of active driving). This regular service will prevent engine overheating, build-up, and expensive repairs down the line.

Periodic tire rotations are also necessary. This will spread the tread wear around, which prevents excessive wear for your tires. You will also enjoy a smoother drive, something we all appreciate!

3. Check for signs of wear & tear

Inspecting your vehicle for signs of wear and tear helps you fix small issues before they turn into big and expensive repairs. Always check under your vehicle for signs of oil and fluid leaks, and your tires for inflation, tread safety, and uneven wear. They often indicate if your vehicle needs servicing.

For instance, if your tires show signs of uneven wear even when you have maintained proper tire inflation, it can mean that your vehicle is in need of a wheel realignment. It can also mean a number of other things such as a bent wheel, internal tire damage, or worn bushings. It is best to schedule an auto service appointment to diagnose the actual problem.

4. Maintain an auto log

A record of your gas fill-ups and mileage is helpful in tracking your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and performance. Maintain an auto log in your digital calendars or by keeping a pad and pencil in the glove compartment and recording the dates of gas fill-ups and mileage. If you notice a drop in your gas mileage, it may be an early warning sign that something is wrong with your vehicle’s engine and fuel system.

Other regular service suggestions

At DCD Automotive, our team can run diagnostics tests to pinpoint issues. We can also tend to other regular service requirements, including:

  • Fluid checks

  • Air filter replacements

  • Wiper blade replacements

  • Battery tests

  • Spark plug inspections

  • Brake pad inspections

Schedule an appointment today

Follow these easy tips to keep your vehicle performing at peak capacity! Contact DCD Automotive today to schedule your next routine maintenance appointment.

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