When you own a vehicle, you have to make sure the maintenance is kept up on it so that it runs properly. There are a few common things that you should do on a regular basis to get the longest life from any vehicle that you own, and a vehicle maintenance Chantilly garage can help to get the work accomplished. An oil change is at the top of the list of maintenance jobs that you need to do to the vehicle. Most oil changes are recommended for every 3,000 miles, but if you’re using a synthetic oil, then you can probably wait until about 5,000 miles between oil changes. Make sure you use the right kind of oil in the car, referring to the owner’s manual as this will give you an idea as to the proper weights to use at different times during the year.
You want to perform an inspection on your car that includes checking the air pressure in the tires, looking for any leaks underneath the car and ensuring that all of the lights work. If you see anything that doesn’t look right, then the vehicle should be taken to a mechanic for a thorough inspection to find out if there is a major concern with the issue or if it’s something minor that can be resolved in a short time. The fluids in the car need to be checked on a regular basis. You want to look at the coolant, oil levels and the windshield wiper fluid as this can get depleted in a short time. Some fluids are in a container that you can see without removing a lid. Others have a dipstick so that you can easily see the highest and lowest recommended levels and where the fluid actually is in comparison.
Look at the belts and listen to what they sound like while the car is running. You shouldn’t hear any kind of squeals coming from the belts as this could indicate that one of the belts is becoming worn and could break soon. Look at the edges of the belts to see if they are becoming frayed. Clean the battery contacts to ensure that there is a smooth power supply to the car. You also want to change the windshield wipers about once a year so that you can see when it rains.