What is Preventative Vehicle Maintenance?
Factory Scheduled Maintenance, Suggested Maintenance, Regular Maintenance; There are many similar terms we use when talking about Preventative Maintenance.
Maintenance is work or service done on a vehicle to prevent future or stop further damage caused by worn engine parts, dirty vehicle fluids, damaged tires, and more.
The most common scheduled maintenance is a simple oil change Engine oil prevents damage causing friction. Getting regular oil changes every 3,000 or 5,000 miles is the easiest way to maintain your vehicle.
Every vehicle comes with an owners manual which provides a Factory Schedule of Maintenance which is suggested maintenance by the manufacturer to keep your vehicle running at its best. Following this schedule of services and part replacement will keep your vehicle running at its best. However you do not have to return to the dealer for these services to keep your manufacturers warranty. Your vehicle warranty will never void should you choose an independent automotive professional for your vehicle repair and maintenance work.
Scheduled Maintenance is preventative because at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles chances are you will need parts like spark plugs, belts and hoses replaced as well as, corroded fluids to flush and refill. Investing in regular maintenance now, prevents major breakdowns and expensive repairs later.