4 Crucial Annual Maintenance Services to Keep Your Vehicle Running Smoothly

From work commutes to weekend getaways, our cars play a vital role in our daily routines. And just like any valuable investment, vehicles need regular care and attention to keep them performing at their best.

Preventive maintenance is all about tackling minor issues before they escalate into major problems, which ultimately prevents breakdowns and saves you money in the long run on repair costs. Although some automotive problems may give you clear warning signs, others can sneak up on you without warning. By taking a proactive approach to your auto care, you can keep your vehicle in top shape and avoid headaches down the road.

At RPM Automotive Services, we want to help our customers get the most enjoyment and road life out of their vehicles. Although there are numerous types of preventive maintenance services (and all of them are important!) we’ve compiled a list of four services you should consider scheduling on an annual basis.

Oil Change

Regular oil changes are essential for maintaining your engine. Dirty or contaminated oil isn’t nearly as effective as fresh oil at lubricating the moving parts or pulling heat away from the engine, which is why putting off oil changes can eventually lead to premature engine wear, overheating, and harmful sludge. Although the recommendations vary based on your vehicle and driving habits, most drivers should have their oil changed every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Check your owner's manual or talk to your service advisor for manufacturer-specific recommendations.

Timing Belt Inspection

The timing belt plays a crucial role in keeping the engine's internal components (such as pistons and valves) operating harmoniously and prevents them from colliding with each other. If the belt fails while you’re driving, it can be dangerous—and expensive. Your engine may stall, and it could result in permanent damage to the valves, pistons, and cylinder head. Although the timing belt typically only needs to be replaced every 60,000 miles, it’s always wise to have it inspected annually for signs of wear that could cause it to fail prematurely.

Battery Check

The condition of your battery can provide valuable insights into your vehicle's overall health. For example, if your battery struggles to start your car or hold a charge, you may be experiencing issues with the starting and charging system. An inspection will look for battery leaks, corrosion, and other potential problems that could lower its performance. Simple maintenance tasks like cleaning the battery contacts can also significantly improve your battery’s reliability.

Wheel Alignment

Regular tire alignments extend tire life by preventing uneven wear and enhance your vehicle’s safety by ensuring proper traction and stability. When the wheels are misaligned, it puts excessive stress on the suspension components and increases the risk of damage. Proper alignment also improves handling and boosts fuel efficiency by reducing rolling resistance. Since various factors can affect your alignment over time (like potholes, road debris, or minor accidents), it’s best to have your alignment checked yearly.

Visit RPM Automotive for All Your Maintenance Needs

If you've been searching for a trustworthy and dependable auto repair shop in Rohnert Park, visit RPM Automotive Services! Since 1982, we've proudly served the Sonoma County community with high-quality auto repair services for domestic and foreign vehicles. Our family-owned and operated facility is committed to excellence and is ASE and ASCCA-certified. We offer everything from preventive maintenance to extensive repairs, including factory engine rebuilding.

Contact us today at (707) 800-4586 or schedule an appointment online.

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