Your car won’t start, you have trouble stopping, or your vehicle takes forever to warm up. These are common problems that arise when the weather turns bad, the temperatures drop below freezing, and you don’t have time to deal with your car, truck or SUV breaking down.
The Importance of Routine Vehicle Maintenance
With the severe cold weather we recently experienced, we worked on a lot of vehicles that had problems because they had not performed the routine services recommended by the vehicle manufacturer or local automotive care specialist. In many cases these problems could have been avoided had routine maintenance services been done.
The reality is that many of us put these timely services off believing that they are not totally necessary; or we just don’t want to take the time to get them done. The end result is normally an untimely break down that creates havoc with your schedule and costs you more to repair.
Routine maintenance is crucial in order to keep a vehicle running properly. The following guidelines are the approximate intervals many car manufacturers suggest auto maintenance service be performed. However, always refer to the owner’s manual, dealer or authorized service professional for the particular service and intervals required.
Every 3,000 to 7,000 Miles
• Change oil and oil filter
• Check coolant levels (transmission, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid)
• Inspect wipers, tires and exterior lights
Every 15,000 to 30,000 Miles
• Replace air filters and power steering fluid
• Check the battery and brake pads
• Inspect coolant, radiator hoses, HVAC system and all suspension components
Every 35,000 to 50,000 Miles
• Replace spark plugs and spark plug wires
• Inspect the ignition system and suspension
Every 60,000 Miles
• Replace brake pads, brake fluid, radiator hoses and timing belt
• Change coolant and power steering fluid
Let Technology Help You Stay On Top of Your Vehicle Maintenance
Keeping track of receipts in your glove box is one way of monitoring your vehicle’s maintenance history and schedule, but in today’s world of an app for everything, there are better ways to do this. Here are a few apps that are designed to help you keep your vehicle in tip top shape.
Road Trip (iOS) is one of the most robust mileage and maintenance tracking apps for iOS available.
Car Maintenance Reminder (Android) is a free app that will keep track of your fuel efficiency, cost, and mileage, but also gives you a place to track all of the maintenance and repairs.
AutoCare (iOS/Android) AutoCare does a good job of tracking your vehicle’s maintenance history, mileage, repair history, service expenses, and more.
Car Minder Plus (iOS) has you enter in your own maintenance work and expenses and uses simple red/yellow/green indicators to tell you when it’s time to get maintenance done.
aCar (Android) is one of the most popular Android apps for tracking vehicle maintenance and mileage. It notifies you based on time and/or mileage when you should have work done.
Making Good Progress on the Local Roads
We’d like to thank all our customers for being patient and finding their way around the road construction to Beck’s Auto Center. The roadwork has progressed nicely and there are still multiple ways to get to our shop. Ask our advisors for the most convenient route by calling 765-447-9459.
Let us know if you need extra assistance and we’ll make arrangements to accommodate your schedule.