Getting a new car, SUV, or truck is an exciting moment, especially when it’s fresh and clean with your desired accessories. You may even have gotten an extended warranty, giving you peace of mind for the future. Regardless of the warranty, however, you must follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for service to keep your car in good condition, so you can continue enjoying your vehicle for years to come.
Most new vehicles need servicing every 12 months or 12,000 miles. How often your car needs maintenance also depends on how hard you drive it. Heavy usage vehicles, off-road vehicles, and trucks that are used for work can get a full-service checkup every 6,000 miles.
A full check-up includes:
- Lubrication of all moving parts
- Check and top off transmission, antifreeze and brake fluids
- Oil change and new filter
- A 35 key electronic components check
- Vehicle’s computer check
- Air conditioning and heating systems checked
- Brake check
- Tire check
- Spark plugs changed when necessary
- Battery, alternator, and charging devices check
- Steering, suspension, and shock absorber check
- Exhaust system including a manifold check
- Special systems check for hybrid and electric motors
These are the major parts of a complete service check-up. You may find it necessary to check the oil and other fluids more frequently. Dashboard displays should warn you of any low fluids or other minor problems.
Winterizing a New Automobile
Preparations for winter weather is also based on where you live. Your windshield wipers may need to be changed frequently in rainy climates such as the Pacific Northwest. The wiper fluid receptacle should always be full.
Coolant and antifreeze should also be checked before winter. The antifreeze will keep your engine from freezing when the temperature drops. The vehicle’s manufacturer may have information on the type of antifreeze and engine oil preferred for cold weather.
You may need to change to snow tires in some areas. You should check your tire pressure and tread depth before heavy winter weather if you don’t have need snow tires. Wet pavement requires tires that give you a good grip.
A winter emergency kit is always a good idea. This includes flares, a flashlight, and blankets along with extra gloves and even a first-aid kit. You may need an extra ice scraper and shovel. Keep your cell phone charged, and it is a good idea to belong to a road service organization, even with a new car.
Enjoy your new vehicle. It will last for many years and thousands of miles with proper maintenance.