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Why Preventative Vehicle Maintenance is Important

Discover the importance of preventative vehicle maintenance. Follow our guide for tips on keeping your car safe and efficient.

AAMCO Overland Park, KS  | 03/13/2024  | Auto Repair & Maintenance

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Why Preventative Vehicle Maintenance is Important

Originally published on 4/13/2016
Updated on 3/13/2024

Neglecting preventative maintenance for your vehicle can swiftly escalate minor issues into costly nightmares. From engine seizures due to unchanged oil to brake failures resulting from neglected leaks, the consequences of procrastination can be dire.

Start by consulting your vehicle’s owner’s manual for tailored preventative maintenance guidance. Instead of relegating it to the glove compartment abyss, take a moment to peruse its contents. This invaluable resource outlines crucial maintenance intervals, from oil changes to air filter replacements, and provides insights into your vehicle's operational nuances.

Here are some updated preventative maintenance tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly:

  1. Adhere to a Regular Inspection Schedule: Dedicate time monthly for a comprehensive vehicle inspection. Conduct a thorough examination, noting any irregularities in appearance or performance. Listen keenly for unusual sounds and monitor your car’s overall functionality.
  2. Monitor and Top-Up Fluid Levels: Regularly check and replenish all fluid reservoirs in your vehicle. Any signs of fluid leakage, whether it’s oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, or windshield washer fluid, warrant immediate attention to prevent potential hazards.
  3. Replace Filters Promptly: Stay diligent in replacing essential filters or enlist professional assistance when necessary. While changing an air filter is manageable for most, tackling an oil filter replacement may require expertise to avoid complications.
  4. Assess Engine Belts for Wear: Routinely inspect your vehicle’s engine belts for signs of wear, damage, or fraying. Ensure proper tension, and address any squealing noises upon startup or while driving promptly.

Committing to regular preventative maintenance not only enhances safety for you and your loved ones but also bolsters fuel efficiency and extends your vehicle’s lifespan. For all your preventative maintenance needs and auto repairs, trust AAMCO Overland Park. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and safeguard your vehicle’s performance and longevity.

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