Maintaining your Vehicle

What is Factory Recommended Maintenance?Maintaining your vehicle to get a longer and more enjoyable vehicle ownership. I'm sure most of us have realized how much longer cars seem to be running these days. 30 or 40 years ago when a vehicle hit the 100k mile mark, it was essentially worthless. So why is it that cars are running for so much longer these days? Some may say it is due to technological advancements in the manufacturing sector, or maybe the quality of parts used in building the vehicles. There is some truth to both of those sentiments, but I believe what is much more responsible for vehicle longevity is the evolution of factory recommended maintenance.

Maintaining your vehicle with factory recommended maintenance is a collection of vehicle services recommended to be performed on your vehicle at specific mileage intervals. Vehicle repair facilities have been recommending some form of these services for years. Only recently, though, have manufacturers been publishing detailed maintenance schedules, commonly found in a vehicles' owners manual. These schedules usually consist of common fluid changes and other general maintenance, but your manufacturer's recommendations will include more specific preventative services.

Why Should I Perform These Services?

The most common maintenance services will involve the changing of the various fluids running throughout your vehicle. This may include coolant fluid flushes, transmission fluid flushes, etc. The reason for this is pretty straightforward. Let's look at the most common car maintenance,  An oil change.

Engine oil is a fluid that breaks down over time due to heat and contamination which is why it is changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. What you may not know is that most of the other fluids in your car are basically the same, a type of oil. These fluids get hot and cold and break down over time just like the oil in your engine. The only difference is the time it takes for these other fluids to break down.

Your engine oil get's extremely hot and in some cases extremely cold, which is why it's changed so often. The other fluids in your vehicle aren't exposed to the same extreme temperature changes, thus break down slower and require different timeframes for changing.

Consult your vehicle's owners manual for Scheduled Maintenance services.

Other Forms of Car maintenance That are critical

Besides maintaining your vehicle with the obvious normal changing of the oil, or a rotation and balance. There are other car maintenance measures that help with the longevity of the vehicle. Some of these include waxing your car, interior car detailing, exterior car detailing, car paint care, cloth seat care, leather seat care, and many other under the radar maintenance steps that aid in making your vehicle more durable and enjoyable.