Beyond your usual oil change, you really should check your other fluids as often as you can. This includes your oil of course, your coolant, anti-freeze, windshield washer fluid, and the most neglected one of them all your power steering fluid.
Most automotive manufactures will suggest you have your oil changed every 3k miles, but the truth is you can go as long as 5k to 7k miles in between oil changes. Your engine and the oil that lubricates it has evolved a lot in the past couple of decades, that most vehicles can go quite a bit further than the recommended 3000 miles in between changes. But this is important, if you really want to keep your vehicle running longer, we recommend you do it in between 3,000 and 5,000 miles, as there is no real reason to push it to the limit. If you don’t know how to change the oil in your car, contact a local dealership and shop like Jaguar of Naperville.
Depending on what time of year it is, it is heavily recommended that you maintain a 50/50 ratio of coolant and water, or antifreeze and water. The coolant/antifreeze restricts any kind of corrosion as well as keeps your vehicle running cool, or stops it from freezing in the colder months.
Start your car up, and check your power steering fluid. This should be done once a month ideally, and you should do it once the car is warmed up as you will have a better idea of the fluid levels. If the fluids are depleted, the first thing you will want to investigate is, if there are any leaks. Nothing is more annoying than a vehicle that will not turn or steer easily because the fluids are low.
These are just a few of the many fluids your vehicle relies upon. Keeping your vehicle properly lubricated and hydrated is absolutely necessary for maintaining the life of the vehicle. There is no reason in today’s age, with how reliable vehicles are, that you can’t own a car for at least six or seven years. Refer to your vehicle manual for a better understanding of where and how to check your fluids. If you still are uncertain, Land Rover of Naperville recommends contacting your local car mechanic, or dealership. Most dealers from which you bought the vehicle, will be glad to show you where your fluids are located, and will provide you with a rough guide on what their levels should be, and when to flush, and refill.
Jon has been an automotive enthusiast his entire life, and has worked with cars for the past ten years as a mechanic in Ohio. Since his retirement, Jon has chosen to share his passion for the automotive industry, by contributing to a number of automotive blogs in North America. He has also been a major supporter of the Go Green initiative for automakers.
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