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Maintenance : Keep Track of Your Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

Regular checks

Freedom Automotive 510Freedom Automotive 510 takes out the intimadation of basic vehicle care.  It is more than a matter of popping open the hood and taking a look at the engine of your vehicle.

Some basic vehicle care starts with examining the exterior. We check your tires every time with a tire pressure gauge (no kicking tires here) to make sure they are inflated properly.

Other visual checks that include the following:

  • body and bumper damage, which should be monitored for insurance purposes
  • leaking fluids underneath the vehicle, including oil, power and brake fluid, transmission or other fluid (air-conditioning may cause water to drip under a vehicle)
  • smoke in vehicle exhaust, aside from normal diesel emissions or startup fumes
  • engine or fluid warning lights, which should be promptly addressed before any further driving

Under the Hood

The most important things to monitor and check regularly include the following:

  • engine oil level and cleanliness
  • antifreeze/coolant level (never attempt to remove radiator cap while engine is hot or warm)
  • brake and power steering fluid levels
  • transmission fluid
  • belts

We make sure the fluids are above the minimum line, and below the maximum line. You should also keep an eye out for any leaks or worn radiator and other tubes, which should be replaced before pushed to the point of bursting.

We are watchful for, in and around the engine include loose electrical or tube connections, worn or exposed wires, and loose or warped belts, which should be promptly replaced. Belt replacement is somewhat difficult for some motorists, but is a relatively simple and inexpensive fix, so it may be worth the trip to your mechanic to get the right belt installed correctly.

We also keep an eye on your vehicle's battery, and be aware of its age. Batteries should be replaced every five years or so, and if your battery is not getting the proper charge to easily start your car, you should have it checked.

Changing the Oil

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your vehicle is to change the oil and oil filter regularly. Some mechanics recommend changing the oil every 3,000-5,000 kilometers, but you can safely drive further. However, you should be sure to change the oil of your vehicle, or have it changed, at least every 5,000 km, including a new filter.

Your oil should be relatively clean, but still have a dark color to it once it runs through your engine. You should regularly check your oil level, and maintain it between the minimum and maximum fill lines. This is why it is a good idea to have some motor oil with the vehicle so you will be able to add some if needed.

There are a variety of types of motor oil to choose from. Lighter weight oil, such as 5W-30, is typically better for colder temperatures, while heavier oil, such as 10W-40, is more suited to warmer temperatures and climates. If your vehicle smokes or uses a lot of oil, a heavier weight and synthetic blend motor oil is probably best.

Other Replacements and Maintenance

Other important components and parts of your vehicle and engine that need regular maintenance and infrequent replacement include the following:

  • air filter
  • headlight, turn signals, and brake lamps
  • spark plugs and cables
  • engine timing belt
  • windshield wipers

Most engine tuneups are either actual motor work, or electrical tuneups consisting of spark plug, cable, and distributor cap replacement.

The biggest thing to remember with ongoing vehicle maintenance is to address issues promptly, including engine knocking or other noises, and do your best to try to understand what may be going on before you visit Freedom Automotive 510.

 

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