Preventive Maintenance Protects Your Vehicle From Trouble Down The Road

Posted by on April 22, 2012 | No Comments

[youtube:zK9Y7XigZgc;[link: Sixth Avenue Auto - specializing in VW and Audi repairs and service];]When it comes to taking care of our vehicles, it is important to know the difference between the following terms: “maintenance” and “repairs.” Maintenance is, of course, a preventive measure, relatively inexpensive, and recommended by all car manufacturers. Repairs are, generally, what our vehicles will inevitably need if we are not diligent about maintenance. All car manufacturers suggest preventive maintenance to keep our cars in proper, working condition. And as every Denver auto repair shop will tell you, this can save you time, money and hassle in the future by preventing some big, costly issues.

Think of preventative maintenance for your vehicle like you would think of, say, eating right, getting plenty of exercise, and taking your vitamins. These are the things we do to keep our bodies healthy and to help stave off larger issues in the future, and just like our bodies, our cars need to be handled with care in order to live long balanced lives. The problems your car can run into if you fail to do routine maintenance will vary wildly between decrease in fuel efficiency to overheating to total engine failure.

The ideal guide for what your particular auto requires is that little book that you store in the glove compartment, known as the Owner’s Manual. In fact, it’s a great idea to take the manual into the house and read it from cover to cover – you never know what you might learn.

Regardless of whether you perform the routine maintenance yourself, or take your car into your neighborhood Denver repair shop to have it done by the pros, getting you car looked after will give you reassurance when you need it. Your car will be safer, will perform better, and you’ll cut costs in the long run.

Some of the most common forms of preventive maintenance include:

•Changing motor oil

•Changing the filter

•Refilling wiper fluid

•Replacing the air filter

•Checking/replacing the fuel filter

•Rotate and align the tires

•Check the brakes

When should these be performed? This will depend on your manufacturer’s recommendations. Again, take that owner’s manual out of the glove box and give it a good, cover-to-cover read. Some things (like changing the oil) can be fun and simple to do by yourself, and the manual will even show you how. However, there are several items like radiator flush and fills that are better left to the pros.

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When you’re looking for a car maintenance denver shop for your domestic or foreign vehicle, author Stephen Daniels recommends you check out Sixth Avenue Auto for quality auto repair, routine maintenance, and advice.

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