It is a proven fact that regular preventive maintenance is the single most important thing you can do to keep your vehicle running smoothly and save money on future repairs. However, not everyone agrees on the definition of preventive maintenance and the frequency with which it should be performed.
Anyone who has ever worked on cars understands this principle firsthand. Anyone who has spent tons of money on repairs as a direct result of NOT performing regular preventive maintenance can also tell you “Don’t ignore preventive maintenance.” Basic services like oil changes, tire pressure checks, and mileage suggested inspections are as important to your car as regular doctor visits are to healthy people.
Here is a Sample of Automatic Transmission Fluid we keep on the counter at Strictly Toy-Ondas. This is right out of Janette's 2006 Matrix that has runs ATF T-IV which Toyota recommends not to be changed but every 90,000 Miles. She had over 250,000 miles on her car and it's still running great. She believes it is because she is always keeping up on her services.
As we talk about scheduled maintenance in this section, sometimes you have to adjust for your living and driving situations. Lets talk Oil Changes for a example. How often are they recommend by your vehicle manufacturer? VS. How often should you really change the oil in your vehicle Engine?
If you read your owners manual some Oil Changes in perfect driving conditions are 5,000 miles. Some go up to 10,000 (Maybe More) Miles. As these samples show the difference in Oil Condition after customers different oil change schedules, all of them have used Castrol Edge Oil and 5w30 as the Viscosity for the life is these engines. Strictly Toy-Ondas did a little test. With some Loyal Customers Engines....
Can you tell which is which:
Lets start with the 3 bottles in the middle, I will tell you my secret. The light brown on the left is brand new Castrol Edge 5w30 Oil. The middle as you can see is the lighter of the two that are left in the center. The middle has had oil changes every 3,000 miles for the last 225,000 miles. (At now 250,000 still doesn't have to top off between oil changes.) The far right as you can see is a lot darker then the one in the middle, and not really gliding on the glass as the other two. That is a vehicle that has had an oil change every 5,000 miles for the last 95,000 miles. (Burns about 1 quart of oil every oil change while now at 115,000 miles) Now the last one, off to the Left Side all by itself, Dark, Thick, and just kind of sticks to the glass - That Engine has 225,000 miles and has had oil changes regularly at 5,000 mile. (This engine adds about 2 quarts between changes.) Now keeping in mind all of these samples engines actually had a recommended service of 7,500 miles per manufacture recommendations for oil changes.
Do you know what your oil looks like? How often do you do your oil changes?
18 Common Warning Lights on Your Car’s Dashboard
1. Oil Pressure Warning Light
2. Tire Pressure Warning Light
3. Engine Temperature Warning Light
4. Traction Control Alert Light
5. Anti-lock Brake System Warning Light
6. Traction Control Malfunction Light
7. Engine Warning Light (Check Engine Light)
8. Battery Alert Light
9. Low Fuel Indicator Light
10. Automatic Shift Lock or Engine Start Indicator Light
11. Seat Belt Reminder Light
12. Airbag Warning Light
13. Security Indicator Light
14. Fog Lamp Indicator Light
15. Washer Fluid Indicator Light
16. Brake Warning Light
17. Lane Departure Warning Light
18. Transmission Temperature Warning Light