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The Importance Factory Maintenance

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No matter what type of vehicle you happen to drive, the manufacturer has prescribed a regular maintenance schedule to keep your car or truck running at its best. This is commonly called factory scheduled maintenance, or 30/60/90K maintenance—so called because the usual schedule for these maintenance services is every 30,000 miles or so. Many drivers see this maintenance schedule as optional—after all, why take the car in if it’s still running? However, this schedule is not simply a ploy to get you to spend money at the auto repair shop—it’s important for the overall health of your vehicle and to avoid costly and avoidable auto repairs.

 

Why is factory maintenance so important?

 

You should pay attention to your factory maintenance schedule for several important reasons:

  • Your warranty may depend on it. Some manufacturers place such importance on 30/60/90K maintenance that not following the schedule could void your vehicle warranty.
  • It can prevent small problems from becoming big ones. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the saying goes. Regular maintenance can identify possible problems early before they cause a breakdown or damage other parts, saving you possibly thousands of dollars down the road.
  • It can prolong the life of your vehicle. Regular maintenance doesn’t just keep your car running; it keeps it running efficiently, which translates to more miles over its lifetime.
  • It helps retain your car’s value. If you ever sell the vehicle, you’ll sell it for more if it has been kept in good shape.

 

What does the maintenance involve?

Typically, the first step in 30/60/90K maintenance is to inspect the vehicle’s major systems for signs of problems, followed by any of the following maintenance procedures as needed:

 

  • Replacing spark plugs and/or plug wires
  • Replacing filters
  • Checking fluids (brake, coolant, transmission, etc.) and topping off or replacing fluids
  • Tire rotation and pressure check
  • Oil change
  • Timing belt inspection
  • Brake servicing

During proper maintenance, a trustworthy mechanic will notify you of any potential problems, but won’t replace parts that don’t need replacing (part of what saves you money during maintenance). As a rule of thumb, the higher the mileage on the car, the more likely parts will need to be replaced. (The timing belt is usually changed at 90,000-100,000 miles, for example.)

 

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Does the dealership have to perform the maintenance?

While factory scheduled maintenance may be required as part of your warranty, that doesn’t mean the dealership has to do the maintenance, although they like to make it seem that way. Your warranty will remain intact as long as you have the service performed by a certified auto repair specialist. In this way, you can receive quality service while avoiding the premium rates charged by the dealership service department.

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The Importance of Tire Rotation for Your Vehicles

 

 

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Rotating your tires as part of your regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance has many benefits. It helps to maintain an even amount of tread wear on all 4 tires. That prolongs the life of your tires, leads to improved gas mileage and a smoother more comfortable ride.

 

Regularly rotating your tires can also prolong the life of your vehicle’s suspension components by reducing vibrations. Since you need to remove the wheels to rotate your tires, you get the opportunity to look over the undercarriage components and catch any problems in the very early stages which can save you money down the road. Also, many tire manufacturers require regular tire rotation in order to keep the mileage warranty valid.

 

A good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires at the same intervals you get your oil changed whether your tires show uneven wear signs or not. While this is a good recommendation, you should always follow the guidelines in your vehicle’s owner manual for timing as well as the best rotation pattern for your vehicle and type of tires.

 

Uneven tire wear

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Uneven tire wear is the most common sign that you may need your tires rotated. You can check this by measuring the tread depth in multiple spots on each tire. If the measurements are drastically differently, your tires are wearing unevenly. Tread feathering is one of the most common wear pattern when tires are not properly rotated. You can feel “feathering” by running your hand along the tire tread. The tread blocks will have rounded edges on one side and sharp edges on the other. It is important to keep in mind that rotating your tires will not correct wear problems due to worn mechanical parts, incorrect inflation pressures or alignment problems.

 

Uneven front to rear tread wear

While each tire can wear unevenly, tires on the front axle can also wear differently than tires on the rear axle. Regularly rotating them allows the tires to serve in both front and rear positions which help to even out the wear. Although regular rotation can help with uneven wear, different tread wear patterns can help diagnosis other problems you may be having.

 

Tire noise and vibration

When tires wear unevenly, it causes increased road noise and vibrations. While vibrations can be felt in other parts of the car, it is most commonly noticed in the steering wheel.

 

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Tires

Your tires are the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road. Tires affect your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and safety. For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned.

 

Checking your tires on a regular basis is an important step in protecting your safety and your automotive investment. Ideally, tire inspections should be performed monthly. If you drive over potholes and debris in the road, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances regularly, then you should inspect your tires more often.

 

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Always inspect your tires before a long trip. The more often these inspections are performed, the easier it will be to find a small problem, such as a nail in your tire, and fix it before it becomes a more expensive and time-consuming issue.

 

 

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