Getting stranded on the side of the road is no fun, and in certain cases, it can be dangerous. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chance of damage or injury. Below is some expert advice on keeping your Chevy running smoothly for years to come.
1. Stick to the recommended oil change interval. If the engine is the heart of the car, the oil is its blood; driving style and the car’s owner’s manual will dictate how often the oil should be changed. In most cases, it should be done every 3,000-7,000 miles, or every three to six months of normal use. Check the oil every 1,000 miles to keep your Chevy running at its best, but check the owner’s manual if you’re in doubt.
2. Take care of your tires. Properly-maintained tires keep your car steering, stopping and handling correctly. Worn or under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption, wear out faster and increase the risk of an accident. Keep tire pressure at the proper level (refer to the car’s owner’s manual), and have them balanced every 6,000-8,000 miles.
Additionally, have the alignment checked every 12 months to prevent suspension issues. 3. Check your fluids. A car’s brake fluid, coolant and transmission fluid deteriorate over time, losing their effectiveness. At every oil change, ensure that fluids are checked and/or topped off as well. Depending on driving habits, your transmission should be flushed every 50,000 miles or less.
4. Inspect your brakes. Regular brake inspections ensure the reliability and safety of your Chevy. They should be checked once a year; if your car shakes or grinds when you stop, you may need more frequent inspection. Regardless of your inspection schedule, your brakes will probably need replacement every 20-30,000 miles.
5. Follow the maintenance schedule. It can be tempting to skip a maintenance appointment, but failing to follow the recommended schedule can lead to substandard fuel mileage, higher long-term cost of ownership, and mechanical breakdown. Having your car inspected by a Chevrolet service center will let you catch small problems before they become large.
Your car is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and it deserves the best care possible. To ensure that your car runs smoothly, you should take it to your Chevrolet service center for regular inspections and service. There, service technicians who are familiar with your car, your expectations, and your needs will help you get the most value for your purchase.