Review your owner’s guide to find when your scheduled vehicle maintenance services are. This will typically involve checking or replacing parts such as: wires, spark plugs, timing belts and down the link other major parts may need replacing to keep your vehicle operating smoothly.
Oil changes, air filters, brake pads and rotors, suspension, cooling, transmission are all very important parts of vehicle care and helps preserve and extend the life of your vehicle.
Your owner’s manual will also define a maintenance schedule based on kilometers traveled.
Typical Items to pay attention to are:
Oil Changes: Every 5,000 km or --- months (whichever comes first) – this is with standard oil Every 8,000 – 10,000 km or --- months (whichever comes first) – this is with synthetic oil.
Air Filter Changes: Every 15,000 – 50,000 km
Brake Pad Changes: This often depends on your style of driving … if you drive aggressively and constantly slam on the brakes… odds are you will be need them replaced much sooner.
Brake pads come with a wear indicator. This is why you hear a squeak when it’s time to change your brake pads, as the indicator is doing its assigned job.
Typically, brakes are designed to last an average of 50,000 km to 115,000 km. It’s always good to have them inspected each time you bring your car in for service at any shop.
Tires: This once again is an area that is a bit difficult to determine as it depends on the make, model and amount of driving you do. Often, they last for a good 100,000 kilometers, though there are too many variables to consider giving you a concrete answer.
If you suspect something is not right or have questions, call or stop by the shop and we wont mind looking for you to help your mind be at ease.
This is a combination of scheduled servicing for the vehicle, i.e. oil changes as well as vehicle inspections and repairs to prevent a minor problem spiralling into an enormous one.
By staying vigilant you can avoid and/or reduce the likelihood of your vehicle breaking down and/or malfunctioning. The service you need if based on the time, engine, model and use of the car. It’s not always fun to read the fine print but your owner’s manual will honestly have the best direction and guidance on what you need to watch for and inspect your vehicle at a given period.
Well… When brakes squeak … it’s a sign the brake pads have worn down and need replacing.
This is a common experience as brake pads come with a wear indicator. That is a metal piece on the pad that will scrape the rotor once it’s worn down to a point of necessary replacement. This is a safety mechanism that is very helpful.
A few other things to watch for as indicators that your brakes need changing includes:
The brake fluid light appearing on your car dashboard (insert image)
You hear a grinding noise as you apply the brakes
You hear thudding as you are braking
Your brake pedal feels spongy … this is a feeling that is hard to describe… basically, rather than feeling a firm push back from the pedal as you apply the brakes …. You feel the brake pedal go closer to floor of the car and you’ll feel the car not slowing down right away, as you push on the brake pedal.
These are a few key things to watch for. If you are experiencing any of this, it is strongly urged to go to your local mechanic and/or dealership and have the brakes inspected.