- Shocks & Suspension Repair
- Brake Repairs
- Tire Repairs
- Tire Alignment, Rotation, and Rebalance
- Oil Changes
Throughout your vehicle ownership experience, you’ll inevitably encounter issues requiring maintenance. There are a number of problems that occur more often than others, and this article is going to run down that list for you so you’ll know what to expect out there on the open road.
1. Shocks & Suspension
Thankfully, your suspension is easy to get your mechanic to check! You’ll appreciate driving with a suspension and shocks that aren’t cracked, rattling, and not protecting your vehicle properly.
If little bumps on the road have started feeling like big bumps, then you should have a dealership take a look at your shocks and suspension. Or maybe you’ve noticed a rattling as you drive over the bumpier residential roads? Even if you’re not noticing any difference, rough winter roads and potholes still could have caused subtle wear and tear that could turn into something worse. If you hit a pothole or suspect pothole damage might have occurred–no matter how minor–let us check it out and help save you from costlier repairs or replacements down the road.
2. Brake Repairs
Your brakes are some of the toughest components on your vehicle, but they’re also used constantly, meaning they will need maintenance throughout ownership.
The most common part needing replacement is the brake pads because they create the friction needed to stop. These parts will slowly wear down over time and will require replacing about once every few years (depending on driving style). Have a professional inspect your brakes.
There are several ways to tell if your brakes need some TLC. The most obvious of these is a pronounced squealing noise when stopping (which indicates your pads are worn). Or you might hear a heavy vibration coming from the brake pedal when braking (indicates rotors are warped). Other indications may include your vehicle pulling in one direction when braking, or an “ABS Fault” light appearing on your dash.
3. Tire Repair
When you ram into a pothole, your tire’s sidewall can bulge or be punctured. You’ll know if you’ve got a flat tire, but will you know if all these potholes have been causing your tires to wear prematurely and unevenly?
Your tires are your only contact with the road and are vitally important to ensure a safe drive. You can check that they have enough tread left, or your dealership can do this for you. You’ll want to make sure your tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended psi (usually found on the inside of the driver’s door) and don’t forget about your spare too!
Make sure your tires didn’t suffer from any damage, and that they’re still road-worthy for the long haul. You should also take a look at your rims, which could be aluminum-based and susceptible to dents and chips.
4. Tire Alignment, Rotation, and Rebalance
A tire rotation and rebalance ensures that any tire or steering misalignment is fixed. As important as your shocks are for preventing further damage to your vehicle, your tires are what holds you to the road in the first place. So let’s make sure they’re still pointing where you want them to: in the precise direction you turn your steering wheel towards!
If you’ve recently run over a pothole, it’s possible that your tire’s sidewall is bulging or punctured. This one’s more difficult to detect, so if you’re concerned about it, talk to your dealership. They can also take a look at your rims, which could be aluminum-based and susceptible to dents and chips.
5. Oil & Fluid Changes
Some of these suggestions for regular vehicle servicing are really simple ones you can take care of yourself, saving you money instead of paying a dealership to do it for you.
You can easily check your oil level to be sure you’re good to go, and don’t forget to top off your windshield wiper fluid as well! If you’re unsure how to check these fluids yourself, your local dealership should be happy to tell you. If you’d like to have all your fluids topped off, they can also check your brake fluid and automatic transmission fluid.
Your coolant level is also important, and a dealer can check this for you too. Just as the name suggests, your coolant keeps your engine cool, and without it, your engine is at risk of overheating or seizing in hot weather. Additionally, driving for hours at a time (like on a road trip) can really get your engine hot under the collar, so make sure it has enough coolant to keep it under control.
We hope we’ve helped you answer your question as to what regular vehicle servicing you should get done! These tips should help you with how to maintain your vehicle through regular servicing, but if you see something that should be on this list and isn’t, we welcome you to contact us to let us know!