Keeping up with preventative auto maintenance will extend the life of your car, improve fuel efficiency, and increase the longevity of your vehicle. On top of this, preventative maintenance makes your vehicle more reliable and saves you the costs associated with preventable car troubles. Read on to learn more about why you should schedule regular auto maintenance at one of the car repair shops in San Ramon.
Prevent Serious Car Trouble
Many serious car troubles, such as transmission or engine failure, can be prevented. Read your car’s owner’s manual or visit a reputable auto repair shop to find out exactly which preventative maintenance services your vehicle needs and how often to get them done. Getting basic services such as an oil change and fluid inspection can extend the life of your vehicle and greatly reduce your chances of having to deal with car troubles.
Improve Fuel Mileage
Visiting a car repair shop for routine maintenance will ensure your vehicle achieves optimal fuel mileage. Neglecting to change the motor oil and engine air filters on schedule will reduce your vehicle’s gas mileage, in addition to causing unnecessary wear and tear on your engine. Typically, we recommend getting an oil change every 3,000 miles if you use conventional oil or every 6,000 miles if you have synthetic oil, but the exact recommendation will depend on your exact vehicle. Getting a tire rotation and balance service every 10,000 to 15,000 miles is also important to ensure your vehicle can achieve its optimal fuel efficiency as well. Failing spark plugs reduce the efficiency of the engine, so it’s important to replace them every 30,000 miles if you have standard copper spark plugs, or every 100,000 miles if you have iridium plugs.
Save Money and Stay Safe
Something as simple as replacing the timing belt every 60,000 miles and replacing the serpentine belt every 40,000 miles can save you from the headache and expense of engine failure. Inspecting and cleaning the battery every time you get the oil changed will save you from the hassle and danger of being stranded with a dead battery.