Safety is a high priority for most drivers and it can be a very complex subject! In this article, we’ll share our advice on how to keep your car in top shape while staying safe on the road! We’ll talk about oil change, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and battery.
We always recommend an oil change sooner than later. Because of the build up in the engine, resulting in extensive and very costly engine repairs! So the longer you wait the more expensive it becomes. This can be prevented by doing an auto check up every 3 months or so. It all depends on your driving habits. Below is a good rule of thumb to follow.
We recommend both oil changes:
5,000 KMS or 3 months for regular oil change
8,000 to 10,000 KMS for synthetic oil changes.
Despite the fact that high-end car manufacturers have the extended oil change interval between 15,000 to 20,000 KMS. We personally recommend reducing the interval between 8,000 to 10,000 KMS.
Simply because of the reason we mentioned earlier, too much carbondale and sludge build up in the engine. It will result in a long and very expensive engine repair to remove the crude and carbon accumulated inside the engine, also oil dilution, and condensation takes place from start and stop, on vehicles that do not drive a lot or city vehicles.
Our team at Peter’s Auto Centre advise strictly the recommended oil grade, viscosity and specifications recommended for each particular vehicle brand. We do not believe in the “one size fits all” or “oil is oil, so it should work”. There are numerous science researches done on this specific topic at the manufacture level, we respect and trust their results and recommendations!
Power steering fluid:
Power steering fluid is the cheapest element of your power-steering system! Changing it in time will help extend the life of other, more costly power-steering elements. The reason it’s important to change this fluid is because of the seals! Over time they break apart and they pollute the fluid, which forces it to work a lot harder and it eventually breaks down.
Transmission fluid provides lubrication, cooling, and thrust, for all the moving parts inside your transmission. The fluid forwards power from the engine, to the wheels. Whether you have a manual or automatic vehicle, the transmission fluid will keep your transmission cool and lubricated. If it’s not changed, the fluid will get old and will increase the wear and tear on the transmission. Changing the transmission fluid will help keep your car on the road longer!
Without a battery, most vehicles won’t start. Maintaining a battery is simple. Make sure you have a clean connection so the battery can provide power to your vehicle. Also keep your battery clean, especially around the connections. Some cars start having battery issues just because of the corrosion that accumulates on the battery terminals! Another very important part of maintaining your car battery is making sure it’s fully charged but not overcharged! A battery that is overcharged will loose efficiency and will start causing problems, the overcharging is caused by a defective alternator.
The Centre for All Your Car Needs
Peter’s Auto is the centre for all your car needs with over 20 years of experience in repairing a variety of cars along with up to date mechanics and equipment. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff will take care of all your auto service and repair needs.
Our shop is located in Kitchener, ON. We proudly serve the following areas: Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph.