Understanding Your Car's Maintenance Schedule: A Guide for New Car Owners
Congratulations on your new vehicle! A new set of wheels is always exciting, whether you’re new to driving, have just made your first-ever purchase or have traded up to a new ride. Or maybe the folks are letting you take the car to campus and – yay! – you’re in charge of its ongoing care now.
We at your Mullinax dealership want you to enjoy your precious automotive baby for as long as possible. We can answer any questions you may have, but the best way to achieve that goal is to pay close attention to your maintenance schedule. It helps ensure that your vehicle will look great, run great and take you to wonderful places until you are ready to say goodbye and invest in your next truck, car or SUV.
Here’s what should be on the maintenance GPS for anyone behind the wheel of a new (or new-to-them) vehicle:
Step 1: Read the owner’s manual.
Seriously – READ. THE. OWNER’S. MANUAL.
Your owner’s manual is specific to your vehicle and contains a detailed maintenance schedule that you and your mechanics can follow to ensure optimum performance. It spells our when you should have oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, filter replacements and other tasks done. It also addresses service schedules for extreme conditions: weather such as severe heat or cold, but also hauling heavy loads, travel on rough or mountainous roads, driving in dusty, salty or muddy conditions or in areas where corrosive materials might be on the roads.
Following the maintenance schedule ensures that your vehicle warranty remains valid and in effect. If you miss recommended service and something goes wrong, you can be out of pocket for the fix. Potentially expensive repairs often can be avoided by performing regular maintenance and practicing safe driving habits.
One thing you can learn from the manual is that your vehicle needs both regular and scheduled maintenance. What’s the difference? Regular maintenance includes work that needs to be done on an ongoing basis, such as:
Scheduled maintenance is work that is recommended at certain mileage intervals, including:
Before 30,000 miles
Before 60,000 miles
Other systems to replace around this time include:
Before 90,000 miles
These are some checks that drivers should take care of themselves on a regular basis:
Finally, when you’re driving, stay alert to your warning systems and the way your vehicle is responding. Seek service immediately if your check engine or tire pressure lights come on. Visit your mechanic if you notice any softness in the brake pedal; if your car stalls or has trouble starting; if you feel the vehicle shaking during starting, turning or stopping; or if you notice changes in acceleration or shifting.
Remember that maintenance, performed at regular or specified intervals, can keep your vehicle in good shape and on the road for a long time. Contact us with your maintenance concerns - -we’re here to answer your questions during or after the sale and to help you make the most of your new vehicle.
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