Unless you're a mechanic or you love to tinker with your cars, knowing the complete service schedule of your vehicle is tough. Luckily, the owner's manual should spell out the approximate timing for major services. But in case you're curious and you don't have your documents on hand, here are the common suggestions for auto repair.
Changing the Timing Belt
Replace the timing belt every 60,000-100,000 miles. The timing belt is responsible for the timing of the opening and closing of the valves inside your engine. The valves make the engine go, no belt, no go. It can actually get worse; you could end up bending the valves and destroying the engine.
Check the brakes once a year. There is no need to state the importance of your brakes. Pads and shoes have to be replaced every so often. Not replacing them, besides the obvious dangers of not being able to stop, can lead to damage of the drums and rotors.
PCV Valve Replacement
Replace the valves every 30,000 miles. Problems with these valves can lead to less efficient use of engine oil and leaks. These valves are actually very easy and inexpensive to replace. These valves are often overlooked, and if not replaced, you get problems similar to failing to change your oil. You can also lower your gas mileage due to inefficient fuel/air mixing.
Inspect your spark plugs every 30,000 miles; replace them every 80,000-100,000 miles.
Failing spark plugs can lead to emissions problems and failing an emissions test. They also lead to problems starting up your vehicle, whoops.
Replace the air filter every 45,000 miles. Your engine uses a lot of air, so the air filter is very important. It cleans the incoming air and removes debris. The problems with a dirty air filter include: decreased mileage and prematurely failing spark plugs.
Replace your fuel filter every 40,000 miles. The fuel filter also removes debris. If the filter is not working properly, you again get decreased mileage and problems starting your vehicle. Basically gas cannot get to your engine effectively.
Scheduled servicing with your favorite auto repair shops is like a checkup at the doctor. It keeps your car running smoothly and helps you prevent bigger problems in the future. Also, if your car is under warranty, regularly servicing the vehicle may be required to keep your warranty valid. For more information, contact a business such as AutoMedics.