Preventative Maintenance can Keep your Vehicle on the Road Longer
October 10, 2019
By Sanel NAPA
The average vehicle lifespan is 13 to 17 years, and as a vehicle ages, its chances of a roadside breakdown continue to increase. Luckily, just like our own aging process, there are steps that can be taken to ensure a long and healthy life. Beginning a preventative maintenance program can be especially important as your vehicle ages; and given that the average vehicle age is 11.5 years old, there’s never been a better time to start considering the long-term maintenance of your vehicle.
Before beginning a preventative maintenance program for your vehicle, it’s important to understand why preventive maintenance is more beneficial than reactive maintenance. Reactive maintenance refers to vehicle owners who visit the service department only when there is already a breakdown, light or noise alerting them to a problem with their vehicle. As a result, there is a greater chance that the issue has become a larger problem, which usually means costly repairs for owners.
Proactive vehicle owners practice preventive maintenance and schedule regular auto inspections based on time or mileage. This type of maintenance can be cost saving, it can prevent large issues before they happen and can keep your vehicle safer by minimizing future roadside -issues.
In order to keep your vehicle running in peak performance for as long as possible, here are the most important elements of preventive maintenance that you should be aware of:
Regular Oil Changes
Oil changes are an important type of preventative maintenance that many vehicle owners are already aware of. This service is important because maintaining clean oil helps to lubricate the many parts of your engine and keeps those parts effective for a longer period of time.
If an owner decides to ignore scheduling or performing their vehicle’s regular oil change it will cause their engine to run hot. That means more friction between the engine’s parts will cause the vehicle to run less efficiently. Eventually, if the owner still doesn’t change their vehicle’s oil it could cause the engine to shut down, which could create the need for a total vehicle replacement.
Check Your Tires
Regular tire maintenance is simple enough for any vehicle owner to do on their own. Make sure that the tread on your vehicle’s tires are worn evenly, and if they aren’t, it’s likely time to have your tires rotated and balanced. Continuing to drive on worn tires can be very dangerous. If your vehicle’s tires continue to wear at an uneven rate, it may be time to schedule your vehicle for a wheel alignment.
Keep Your Vehicle Clean
It’s also important to keep your vehicle’s exterior and interior clean. Keeping your vehicle’s exterior clean is important for preventing rust which can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s frame. This can become incredibly dangerous in the event of an accident.
There are many more forms of preventative maintenance that you can begin for your vehicle in addition to the ones mentioned above. For more information on all things automotive, and to answer any questions about beginning a preventative maintenance routine for you vehicle, contact or visit the knowledgeable professionals at a Sanel NAPA location near you.
About Sanel NAPA
Since 1920, Sanel NAPA has been a leading auto parts, heavy-duty truck parts, and body shop supplies distributor with over 48 store locations throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. We deliver quality car parts, heavy-duty truck parts, automotive paint and body supplies, and tools and equipment that are durable, dependable, and long-lasting to provide our clientele with the best products and services possible. For more information, call (603) 225-4000 or click to find a store near you.