We often take our cars for granted, but owning a vehicle is a big responsibility. Whether you bought a cheap used car or have an expensive vehicle that you got brand new, it needs regular maintenance to keep it running right. At LightHouse Automotive, we call it "preventative maintenance" because it is done to help prevent major automotive damage while improving vehicle performance and driver safety.
Here are 8 of the most important vehicle maintenance tasks that need to be done regularly, according to our top mechanics at LightHouse Automotive:
1. Oil Changes
Motor oil is the lifeblood of the engine. Without enough clean oil flowing through all the different fast-moving engine components, major internal damage can happen. That's why it is so vital to change the oil and the oil filter regularly. It's a good idea to check the oil level regularly, as well, which is something you can easily do at home using the dipstick.
2. Replace the Wiper Blades
This is something we tend to forget about until it becomes a problem. If your wiper blades are worn out, they won't work right and you will struggle with visibility during rainy, snowy, drizzly or foggy conditions. Get your wiper blades checked regularly and replace them as needed. The best time is usually right before the winter season when you'll need them most.
3. Replace Worn Brake Pads
If you hear any screeching or squealing coming from your brakes, that's usually a sign the brake pads (and sometimes the rotors themselves) need to be replaced. Without routine brake services, you are putting your own safety (and the safety of every driver and pedestrian on the road around you) at risk. Likewise, driving with weak or damaged brakes can also lead to problems with other automotive components like wheels, bearings, tires, suspension and drivetrain parts.
4. Tire Rotation and Air Pressure Check
Your tires should be rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles or so. They typically do not wear out evenly, so rotating them regularly helps keep all the tires lasting longer. Also, check your tread life and tire pressure regularly. Air pressure is so important to the health and performance of the tires, and it can even affect your gas mileage.
5. Battery Care
If your battery is weak or dead, your car won't run at all. It's smart to get the charge checked periodically and look at the connections to make sure there is no corrosion or leaks.
6. Replace the Air Filter
The engine air filter is a simple, yet very important part. It helps keep dirt and debris out of the motor, so that fresh oxygen can circulate through for optimal combustion. When it is too dirty, it needs to be replaced to keep things running well.
7. Check Belts and Hoses
All belts and hoses should be checked regularly, as well. The rubber can get worn out, cracked, damaged or frayed over time, which will lead to slips, leaks and poor vehicle performance. Replace any weak belts or cracked hoses as soon as possible.
8. Replace Old Spark Plugs
Spark plugs should also be inspected and replaced regularly. They wear out with time. If they aren't providing the proper spark, you will lose power and you may even have trouble getting the car started.
These are just some of the most important maintenance tasks you should take as a vehicle owner. These services will help your car perform its best and keep everything lasting longer. Of course, there are other maintenance services you may need like a transmission service, power steering service, fluid flushes, fuel system service and more.
Whatever your Colorado Springs auto maintenance and repair needs, LightHouse Automotive has you covered. Call us today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your service appointment online.