Modern vehicles are incredibly engineered, yet as vehicles have developed, the need for periodic maintenance hasn't changed. In fact, given the longer life expectancy of today’s vehicles, the need for periodic maintenance has arguably never been greater. To protect your investment and to get the maximum reliability and safety from the vehicle you depend upon daily, you should establish and follow your own maintenance plan. Here's some suggestions to fit into your plan.
The engine is the heart of your vehicle and probably the costliest to repair. The engine and all its control systems must be kept operating as designed to prevent increased engine emissions and a host of drivability problems. Regular oil and filter changes are essential and most manufacturers recommend oil and filter changes every 7,500 miles or every six months. By changing the oil regularly, the inside of your engine will stay clean, and you'll avoid damaging buildup.
Get out the grit
Filters play a critical part of a regular vehicle maintenance plan. Air and fuel filters keep dirt and abrasive grit out of the engine. Problems arise when these filters get dirty and start to clog up. Many drivability problems, such as hesitation and rough idle, can stem from dirty air and fuel filters. For maximum effectiveness, they should be replaced about every 15,000 miles, but driving in dusty conditions like Dubai can require more frequent air filter changes.
Today's cars tend to run hotter than previous models. With the trend to downsize vehicle components to save space and weight, cooling system components are doing more than ever. The best thing you can do to maintain the cooling system at peak efficiency during the life of your car is to replace the coolant according to the manufacturer's recommendations to avoid corrosion.
Most manufacturers suggest replacing the timing belt every 60,000 miles. Not all engines use a timing belt, but on those that do, it's critical that it’s replaced before it breaks. Serious engine damage can occur if the belt breaks while operating and you may find yourself broken down in your vehicle!
The best way to get the most out of your tyres is by having them rotated and balanced on a regular basis, about every 7,500 miles. This ensures they wear evenly and last as long as possible. Balancing is important to eliminate vibration at road speeds, a properly balanced tyre reduces the stress and strain on shocks and steering parts. Keeping the tyre pressures set to specification will also go a long way in extending tyre life and fuel economy.
These are some of the maintenances that you should conduct regularly in order to ensure the longevity of your car. Also, make sure that you have an auto insurance to safeguard your car from any unforeseen incidents.