Car maintenance basics
Your Lincoln will provide years of dependable service if you treat it right. Regular vehicle maintenance is the best way to ensure your investment lasts. But where do you start? There are countless belts, hoses and fluids under the hood of your vehicle. These car maintenance tips will help you make sense of it all, so you and your car can enjoy a long-lasting relationship.
Change the oil regularly
It should come as no surprise that regular oil changes are the most important part of car care. Oil lubricates and cools vital internal engine parts. Skipping this service can result in a low oil level, sludge build up and eventual engine failure. If spending upwards of $5,000 on a new engine sounds like a buzz kill, don’t forget your next oil change.
Check and maintain fluids
A lot of people don’t know (or choose to forget) there are other fluids besides engine oil. Every vehicle has transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. Some vehicles may also have power steering, differential and transfercase fluid. Just like engine oil, these fluids need to be checked and serviced on a regular basis.
The air filter allows your engine to breathe while also keeping debris out. It sounds important – and it is. Air filter replacement prevents particles from entering the engine, protecting cylinder walls and other vital parts. Some vehicles also have a fuel filter that must be maintained to prevent fuel system contamination. And for your breathing health, modern vehicles have cabin filters to keep out impurities.
Inspect and maintain tires
Tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. Worn, or improperly maintained tires, can be dangerous. It’s important to check the condition and pressure of your tires on a regular basis. Good maintenance habits also improve fuel economy and help your tires last longer. Generally, tires should be replaced when the tread is worn to 4/32” or below.
Keep up on repairs
Do you hear an unusual noise? Or maybe your car’s check engine light is on? Don’t ignore issues like these – they can snowball if left unattended to. This can make your vehicle unsafe and leave you with an inflated repair bill. Keeping up on repairs is the best way to maintain a well-running vehicle.
Know the service schedule
Each vehicle is different. Take the time to get to know your vehicle by reading the service schedule. This information, which is found in the owner’s manual, outlines your vehicle’s maintenance needs. For example, some vehicles have a timing belt that must be serviced to prevent engine damage, while others do not. If you have trouble locating your vehicle’s service schedule, the team at South Bay Lincoln would be happy to look it up for you.
Car maintenance at South Bay Lincoln