Owning a vehicle has its perks, but it also has its responsibilities. The health and performance of your vehicle depend on the way that you take care of it. But what is the definition of taking care of your vehicle? For the most part, this means taking your Audi, Porsche, Mercedes or BMW to a high-quality auto mechanic for regular maintenance. By doing this, you can ensure that the many parts of your vehicle are functioning properly and that wear and tear are minimized or mitigated.
But, when it comes to getting your car checked on a regular basis, the time and mileage intervals can vary based on the type of vehicle that you drive, both make and model. To keep up with the needs of your vehicle, here are some tips and tricks that we’ve learned over the years.
Even though maintenance largely depends on the make and model of a vehicle, there are some things that you can mark in your calendar to regularly check.
Every Month Check:
- Oil levels and color
- The condition of belts and hoses
- Tire pressure and general condition of tires
- Coolant, antifreeze and other fluids
- Cabin air filter
Every 3 Months:
- Oil and oil filter
○ Windshield washer fluid
○ Power steering fluid
○ Transmission fluid
- Battery terminals and cables
Every 6 Months:
- Exhaust system
- Spare tire
- Wiper blades and horn
Some of these items you can check off yourself, while others are much harder to check without the right tools, facilities and knowledge.
As mentioned, vehicle maintenance schedules are generally dictated by the mileage on the vehicle. This is especially important to pay attention to for older vehicles, as these don’t have automated reminders built into the car’s dashboard and electronic sensor system (more on that in a moment).
Of course, maintenance schedules based on mileage depend on the make and model of your vehicle, so it’s important to stay aware of what the manufacturer’s recommended schedule is. Before we move on, it’s also important to note that mileage-based service schedules are determined based on the assumption that the vehicle is driven under typical circumstances. If your vehicle is driven under special circumstances and driving habits, an adjusted maintenance schedule may be necessary. Special driving conditions that affect maintenance include:
- Regular heavy towing or heavy loads
- City driving, more specifically stop-and-go driving habits
- Severe weather conditions; extremely hot, cold or dusty climates
- Regularly short trips that run 5 miles or less
Mileage is a great marker for maintenance, but it’s not the only indicator that your car is due for a service. If you’re unsure what your maintenance schedule should be, reach out to an auto mechanic that you trust for your Audi, Porsche, BMW or Mercedes.
Car Maintenance In-Vehicle Reminders
Many newer and more high-end vehicles have a built-in system that reminds car owners when the vehicle is due for a service. These are typically based on mileage driven, but other indicator lights can illuminate and let the driver know that something within the vehicle needs attention.
Other Maintenance Factors to Consider
A manufacturer’s maintenance schedule shouldn’t be the only thing that you pay attention to when considering your vehicle’s service. The quality of the parts and additives that are used for your car service also factors into the time needed in-between services. For example, if you use a synthetic motor oil instead of petroleum-based oil, your vehicle will be able to go for a greater number of miles before it needs to be changed.
Of course, if you notice something is not right with your vehicle, your maintenance schedule doesn’t matter. Rather than waiting for the next time that your vehicle is due for a service, it is always recommended to take your vehicle in to a mechanic as soon as possible to prevent further damage. In the end, getting your car checked by a mechanic when something is wrong prevents more money spent on replacement and damage control, rather than proactive service and damage prevention.
Maintenance Made Easy with AutoScope
If you own a luxury vehicle and live in the Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Flower Mound, and Irving areas, come to AutoScope for high-quality auto service. Our expert mechanics have years of experience working specifically with European vehicles such as Audi, Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes.
To get started with quality maintenance service for your vehicle, schedule your appointment at AutoScope today! Contact us online here.