A car is not a once and done purchase. We all take time to find a vehicle that suits our tastes and lifestyles. So it makes sense to do all that we can to make sure it stays in top running condition, and for a long time. Here are just a few things you can do over the days, months, and years.
On-schedule engine oil changes are like vitamin pills. They don't cost much, and you may not see any change or improvement day-to-day, but they are both keeping your gears moving smoothly throughout your lifetime - figuratively speaking for you, but literally in the case of your car. Despite this simple truth, the Car Care Council, during its Be Car Care Aware campaign, found that 22% of cars on the road have dirty oil. If you count yourself as an owner of one, it's not too late to change - your oil, as well as your habits. Your engine's moving parts need constant lubrication to compensate for the dust, debris, and dirt that collect from the engine and the environment. Regular infusions of fresh oil will flush out these deadly intruders. It will cool all the parts of the engine. It flows over so that the pistons and valves can keep moving at the high speed rates needed to take you on vacations, work every day, and on those errands. Observing the manufacturer's oil change schedules may seem like a nuisance, but your car will repay you in the form of excellent gas mileage and a long lifetime with you.
Neglect your spark plugs, and your car will rebel by stalling out or demanding restarts before firing up. This is because worn spark plugs no longer supply sparks sufficiently strong to start the engine. Ignore this cry for help from your engine, and you run the risk of running on incomplete combustion, which puts a strain on the engine. Let it go on, and you'll end up with a damaged catalytic converter.
Air filters get clogged, whether are cabin air filters or engine air filters, get clogged, and when they do, sufficient clean air can not get through. Your breathing will suffer especially if you have asthma or allergies. And your engine cannot function properly without sufficient oxygen-rich air flowing through it.
Worn our struts or shocks make themselves known because you'll experience poor handling and feel every bump on the road. Follow manufacturer recommendations for replacement of all expendable parts, and you will avoid these problems and keep your car happy for many years to come.
Sometimes the problem lies between the steering wheel and the driver seat—time for you to examine your conscience.
If you live in the Minneapolis St Paul MN area and drive a Volkswagen that you hold near and dear, and wish it would last your lifetime, Volkswagen of Inver Grove in Inver Grove Heights can't promise that, but it can help you over the years. If you keep an eye on your owner's manual and follow the recommended intervals, it contains, our service manager and Volkswagen certified technicians will take it from there. They'll advise you when replacement parts are needed and alert you about what maintenance will come up at your next visit. And whenever you bring it in for a scheduled visit, the technician will top off all the engine's vital fluids free of charge. So can we be car care partners? Ask your car if that would make it happy.