The Maintenance Every Chevy Needs
Vehicle maintenance is one of those things that you have to focus on. You want to make sure that your Chevy is providing you with the performance that you demand. Further, you want to keep it running for years to come. By following a strict preventative maintenance schedule, you won’t have anything to worry about.
Schedule Oil Changes
The engine depends on clean engine oil to do its job. Otherwise, you run into problems where the engine isn’t sufficiently lubricated or parts are breaking down because there’s too much friction from the contaminants in the oil. All of this can be prevented simply by bringing your vehicle in for an oil change. As for how often you should be bringing it in, it will be between every 3,000 and 5,000 miles depending on the engine in your Chevy.
During the service, the oil filter will be replaced. The old oil will be drained and replaced with new oil. It will ensure that you’re caring for your engine so that it doesn’t experience any advanced wear and tear.
Focus On Tire Rotations
Regardless of whether you’re driving around in a sporty sedan or a heavy-duty truck, there’s going to be wear on the tire tread. As you hit potholes, drive off-road, and drive all over town, the tires will wear unevenly. When this happens, you could find yourself replacing one tire repeatedly. This can be avoided with tire rotations.
At least every other time you go in for an oil change, you should be getting a tire rotation, too. This will allow the technicians to measure the tread on your tires and rotate as necessary. It will ensure that you get a more even wear and tear on your tires so that you can extend their life.
Top Off Fluids
There are all sorts of fluids under the hood of your Chevy. These fluids are going to be used up as you drive around town. If you’re not topping them off periodically, it can lead to a system failure. To avoid this from happening, you should be following regularly scheduled maintenance with a fluid top off. At least every 15,000 miles, your service should include the technician topping off fluids. This includes:
- Radiator fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
- Air conditioning coolant
- Windshield washer fluid
You can also check on the levels at any time. The various fluids are labeled under the hood and you can get further directions in your owner’s manual. Especially depending on your driving conditions, some fluids may get used up faster than others. Topping them off simply ensures that you don’t run into any issues, like overheating or not being able to effectively change gears.
Perform Specific Checks At Specific Intervals
Whether you’re driving a Chevy Silverado, a Chevy Cruze, or any other Chevy model, you have a recommended service schedule that is unique to the model year and model that you’re driving. You will want to perform the recommended services to ensure that systems are being inspected regularly.
There’s a reason that Chevrolet recommends that your brakes be inspected at 30,000 miles. That is when they estimate that you may start to encounter problems. Whether it’s replacing the brake pads or performing some other repair, you will want to know that your brakes have been properly addressed so that you can drive (and brake) confidently on the roads.
There are a few other system checks that you will want to have performed, too:
- Air conditioning
It’s always better to catch problems early on. Otherwise, even the simplest repairs can become bigger. When parts break, they tend to cause the entire system to pick up the slack, leading to extensive wear and tear. When this happens, you end up with bigger and more expensive repairs. However, when system checks are performed at recommended intervals, you can prevent expensive repairs that will leave your Chevy sidelined for days or even weeks.
When you’re ready to make sure that your Chevy is performing at the expected level, visit our service center. Our technicians can provide a multi-point inspection and make service recommendations to get your Chevy running at peak condition in no time at all.