Having your oil changed on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car in proper running order.There is no better way to keep your car in tip top performance and have it run for hundreds of thousands of miles than to keep your oil changed whenever it is recommended by the car manufacturer or the oil change shop.
Brakes may be the single most important part of your car. It is an absolutely essential part of your vehicle. Your brakes must be maintained at all times to ensure the safety of the people in your vehicle and the safety of everyone on the road.
Wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is maximum tire life and a vehicle that tracks straight and true when driving along a straight and level road.
Shocks and struts are just one of many components of a vehicle that effect drivability and comfort of the ride. The obvious initial impact on driving relates to the main purpose of shocks and struts – decreasing the impact of a rough road to give you a smooth ride. This is an important function, but there are others that may not be as obvious. Automotive Shocks and struts also effect ride control in various ways, but perhaps more important ways, such as braking, traction and handling. It can even have an impact on tire tread wear.
Steering issues come up at some point with almost every vehicle. Steering systems on cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles take on a lot of abuse and wear over time, which can cause them to become unreliable if not serviced regularly and properly. Each type of vehicle is subject to different steering problems and risks. If you ever notice that your steering wheel or handlebars wobble or shake while driving or riding, or you notice that it is more difficult to maneuver your vehicle or make turns, you may have a steering malfunction.
Taking care of your tires is an important part of vehicle maintenance and ensuring that you have the safest ride possible. Every year, people are injured and killed in tire-related accidents. While vehicle and tire manufacturer’s can be responsible for defective tires, underinflated and overloaded vehicles are also often to blame for tire failures.
Your car's electrical system should be completely checked and tested every two years or whenever serviced for any type of driveability problem. Many problems associated with day-to-day driveability are caused by voltage variations and must be the first step in troubleshooting any problem. This is due to the use of computerized controls in most cars these days and even quite minor voltage changes can alter the controls.
Your car not only has to help keep your family safe, it has to do its part to keep the planet safe. Most people think their car’s exhaust system is designed only to reduce noise, but it is also responsible for reducing harmful emissions from entering the atmosphere. Properly functioning mufflers and exhaust systems not only sound better, they are better – for you, your car, and the environment.
Your car should receive a tune-up (often referred to as a "major service") every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. During this tune-up your car will receive some new parts that will hopefully keep it out of the shop for a while.
Vehicle inspection is a procedure mandated by national or subnational governments in many countries, in which a vehicle is inspected to ensure that it conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both. Inspection can be required at various times, e.g., periodically or on transfer of title to a vehicle. If required periodically, it is often termed periodic motor vehicle inspection; typical intervals are every two years and every year.