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Preventative Maintenance

What is preventive vehicle maintenance?

Preventive maintenance is what you do from time to time to prevent your car from problems that may arise eventually.

Within preventive maintenance, simpler checks are included, such as spare tire, fire extinguisher, windshield wiper, oil level, flashlights, and turn signals, among other items.

But don’t let simple care seem unnecessary to you, as they are essential for your safety and not to be fined.

Have you ever imagined being stopped in a blitz and having a burned headlight or without a windshield wiper? Or, even with bald tires or without a spare tire?

In addition to being a very embarrassing situation, the amount to be paid would be high. Thus, taking your car to the service also serves to prevent you from receiving points on your Driver’s License.

When Should You Do Preventive Maintenance?

Many drivers do not know when the right time is to take the vehicle for maintenance. There is no specific date to carry out preventive maintenance on your car, as everything depends on the make and model.

As a general rule, however, it needs to be done every six months or every 5000 miles driven – whichever comes first.

If in doubt, the owner’s manual shows exactly how often your car needs an overhaul, as preventive maintenance is also called.

Also, if your car is zero (0) miles, you need to be even more attentive to mandatory overhauls.

If it is semi-new and has undergone all mandatory dealer reviews, you should also remember to periodically take it to a trusted mechanic like Auto Collision Specialists, a full-service auto body repair shop in Mount Vernon, New York.

It is also important to remember that your driving style and the situations to which the car is exposed contribute to reducing maintenance intervals.

Facing a lot of dust, bumpy roads, being stuck in traffic jams for a long time, or living in places where high temperature is common are situations that may require preventive maintenance to be done ahead of schedule.

It is up to you to watch for signs of problems in your vehicle and do a biweekly inspection of your car.