Preventative maintenance for your European car is essential in keeping your car from requiring more advanced and costly repairs in the future by fixing small issues early. You should be on a regular service schedule of maintenance, but you should also take your car to a trusted Dallas mechanic when you notice shaking, odd smells, weird sounds or smoke emanating from the engine, brakes, or anywhere else.
Cars don’t always alert their owners that there’s something wrong, which is why preventative care is so important. Here are four main preventive maintenance tasks you should be doing throughout the year. Of course, it’s best to partner with a professional for these tasks, with the possible exception of oil changes.
1. Timing Belt Inspection
Your timing belt directly impacts the functionality of your engine. It’s responsible for regulating the pistons and camshaft so that engine components don’t result in friction. If the timing belt stops working, friction and grinding will occur, which translates to big repair or replacement bills. Replace your timing belt every 60,000 miles, but have your mechanic check it in between.
2. Oil Change
The most important form of preventative maintenance, oil changes will keep your engine running smoothly. Muddy, thick oil contaminates components so they can’t run properly, plus they lead to a buildup of grime. Depending on your make and model as well as vehicle age, you should have the oil changed every 3,000 to 10,000 miles.
3. Battery Check
Once a battery has come to the end of its useful life, the only option is to replace it. However, if you have a newer battery and you’re having difficulty starting the vehicle, or keeping a charge for any length of time, the starting and charging system could be to blame.
A trained mechanic can check for leaks, buildup, and other issues that could be compromising the performance of the battery.
4. Tire Alignment
The manner in which you drive can cause your tire treads to wear unevenly, which can lead to slight shifts in positioning. This can mess with your steering, which compromises safe and efficient driving. Have your tire alignment checked by a professional regularly. Also, have your tires rotated regularly, preferably when you have your oil changed. This will ensure a smoother ride.
Contact Hance’s European in Dallas
When it comes to preventive maintenance, the experts at Hance’s European can ensure your luxury vehicle is working as it should. You invested a lot of money in your vehicle, so why not ensure it runs like a dream? Whether you have a BMW, Mercedes or Audi, we can take care of the preventive maintenance tasks for your peace of mind.