Preventative Maintenance: Your Life Long Friend
Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Preventative maintenance is the golden rule of owning a car. Everyone swears by it but is rarely done. Life gets in the way and sooner or later, you’re left on the side of the road with something that could have been prevented. Each vehicle has a ‘Service Schedule’. These are easy to find through a quick Google search; specifics can be found for each vehicle through Google or in your owner's manual. Typically, most service schedules are similar. Preventative maintenance is great, it can help make your vehicle last longer and even help prevent future problems. Even oil changes are technically preventative maintenance. If you do these then you’re already on your way to a healthier car! We love cars and want them to last as long as you need them. Below some basic preventative maintenance reminders. For specifics, refer to your owner’s manual.
Air filters are a basic component of your vehicle. There are two air filters in most vehicles. First is the cabin air filter. This is usually behind your glove box, but it can differ between makes and models. This filters the air you breathe. We see a lot of forgotten cabin air filters, some with unexpected residents. Next is your engine air filter. This filter helps your engine to breathe and provides 1-3% fuel economy improvement when clean. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to see light coming through the filter. If you can’t then it’s time for a change, typically this is every 12,000-15,000 miles. You can check these yourself or we can check them for you!
Performing consistent Tire Rotations helps extend the life of your tires. Tires are expensive and tire rotation can help save money in the long run. When tires aren’t rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles it can cause unnecessary wear. The good part is that we can perform a tire rotation anytime! It can be performed (on most vehicles) during an oil change service, Nothing like getting two birds with one stone!
We know Vermont is the Land of the Subarus, check out this informative Service Schedule!