Following a car maintenance interval can help you avoid costly repairs, and you'll also help maintain the value should you sell it in the future. This useful guide provides an overview of the recommended maintenance you need to keep your car running in peak condition. 

Routine Maintenance

  • Changing Oil and Filter- Whether your vehicle uses conventional, synthetic blends, or fully synthetic oil, it's essential to stick to the recommended interval.  Most new vehicles will use a synthetic blend, which typically gives you 5,000-8,000 miles between changes. Your engine runs much smoother with clean oil and also improves fuel economy. An oil change with our dealership also means all necessary fluids will be checked and topped off, if necessary. 
  • Tires- The tires should be regularly inspected, examining tread depth and also ensuring they have the correct pressure. Too little or too much air can compromise your safety on the road. However, just the right amount can also save money on fuel consumption. Also, they need to be rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles to prevent premature wear and tear.
  • Regular Wash And Wax- It can be easy to underestimate the importance of keeping your vehicle clean inside and out. Your paint will hold up a lot better, and the inside (like the dashboard) is less likely to crack or warp.

Every 15,000-30,000 Miles

  • Engine Air Filter-  Dirty air filters should be replaced approximately every 15,000 miles, but no more than 30,000 miles. It makes it easier for the engine to breathe and improves your gas mileage too.
  • Cabin Air Filter- The cabin air filter ensures you have good air quality inside your vehicle. If you suffer from allergies, it's important to check the filter about once a year. 
  • Wheel Alignment- Aligning the wheels will help improve your steering, allowing for a smoother ride. Your tires will also last longer as they glide evenly along the road. If you feel your car pulling to one side or the other, this can mean your wheels need to be aligned.
  • Replace Windshield Wipers- Your wiper blades are one of the easiest parts of vehicle maintenance, but replacing them can often get overlooked. They help improve visibility and keep you safe during inclement weather.

Every 30,000 to 60,000 Miles

  • Change Brake Fluid- Your braking system is susceptible to corrosion over time, which can lead to an expensive repair.  Brakes can feel squishy when you press down. Depending on the frequency of your driving, this service can be done anywhere between 30,000 to 50,000 miles.
  • Check Your Battery- Batteries can last anywhere between three to five years, depending on temperatures and frequency of use. If you can't remember when you last replaced the battery, get it checked and also clear out corrosion around the terminals.
  • Check Brake Pads  And Rotors-  Most brake pads can typically last around 50,000 miles or more. However, if you notice loud screeching noises or more difficulty stopping, make an appointment with our service team right away. The rotors are a circular disc which squeezes against your brake pads to help you come to a stop. If they are still thick enough, resurfacing may be an option or they may need to be replaced once they've warped too thinly.
  • Coolant Flush-  This service helps remove harmful deposits that can overheat the cooling system. As the coolant deteriorates, it can cause your engine to overheat. If you notice a distinct smell, (usually sweet), it is usually a reason to need a coolant flush.

Maintenance Beyond 100,000 Miles

  • Timing Belt And Hoses-  Depending on the vehicle you drive, your car either has a timing chain or a timing belt. If it has a belt, it should be replaced right at or before 100,000 miles. Delaying this service can cause significant damage. Hoses should also be checked because the temperature can cause them to crack or warp. 
  • Changing Spark Plugs- As part of a "tune-up", the spark plugs need to be changed. If you notice rough idling or unstable driving performance, that's usually the time to replace the plugs.

This is a general guide to follow. The needs for your particular vehicle may be different depending on your driving habits. At the Glockner Family of Dealerships, our technicians have your best interest in mind. No matter what service you need, our team will have your vehicle running at optimal efficiency for years to come. 


Contact

Glockner Family of Dealerships

2901 US Highway 23
Directions Suite A
Portsmouth, OH 45662

  • Sales: 740-354-3255
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Hours

  • Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
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  • Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
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  • Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed