Recommended Car Maintenance and Why You Need It
For those of us without mechanical know-how or aptitude, car problems are scary and tend to sneak up on us. Maybe you’re driving to work and your engine starts making clunking noises or your brakes have been squealing for awhile and now you can feel one of your wheels wobbling like crazy through the steering wheel. Here at Hall Mazda in Brookfield, WI, we want to make sure that your ride stays in the best condition possible, so we’re here to answer…
Is recommended car maintenance a scam?
Recommended car maintenance is not a scam and is necessary for keeping your vehicle running up to and past the 150-200k mileage mark. Consult both your owner’s manual and your local mechanic or the service department where you bought your vehicle to figure out what regular maintenance on your vehicle should be.
The owner’s manual usually contains the upper limits of ‘when’ and ‘how’ your vehicle should be maintained. For instance, your manual might say that the oil only needs to be changed every 6,000-7,500 miles. However, if you live in the city or do a lot of city driving where you do plenty of stopping and starting, then changing your oil every 2,000 to 3,000 miles might be necessary to keep engine wear and tear to a minimum. This is why you should consult whomever you have service your vehicle, as your particular situation will dictate the ‘how’ and ‘when’ in regard to servicing your vehicle.
Brakes, Rotors, and Tires
On top of maintaining large systems such as the engine block, exhaust, and transmission, keeping your brakes, rotors, and tires in optimal condition is a must, as well as the gas lines and brake lines. Having your engine die on you while driving might suck but pushing the brakes just to find out they aren’t working is terrifying and dangerous. Having a tire blow out or go suddenly flat can also cause similar loss of control, which can turn situations bad in a matter of seconds. Similarly, many people don’t have winter tires or don’t replace their regular tires as often as they should. If you’re looking for winter tires or just need a new set of regular ones, check out our buy 3, get the 4th for $1 promotion.
Warranties and OEM Parts
New and certified pre-owned vehicles have warranties to help cover the costs of regular maintenance. Plus, service shops have access to OEM parts, which are model specific and better quality than most aftermarket parts. Not to mention that the parts themselves also have extensive OEM warranties on them. There is little more annoying than having to replace the same part multiple times because it keeps wearing out or breaking.
Need to Service Your Vehicle?
If you live near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and your car is due for a check-up, give our service department a call. They’ll be sure to treat you and your car with the respect they deserve.