Three Overlooked Car Maintenance Items

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, car maintenance can often be left on the backburner. Even when we do the basic regular oil changes and checkups, we often forget to take care of some important maintenance items.
These are our top three commonly overlooked car maintenance items:

  1. Wheel alignment and tire rotation. These are often done at the same time, but car owners often overlook scheduling this service. The back tires wear differently than the front tires, so it’s important to have the tires rotated on a regular basis to ensure all the tires are wearing evenly. Also be sure to have your alignment checked, especially if you notice your car pulling to one side or the other. Ignoring this pull can result in over-worn tires and less-efficient driving.

Wheel Alignment

  1. Timing belt replacement. The timing belt needs to be replaced every 50 – 60,000 miles (check your owner’s manual). Failing to replace a slipping or broken timing belt can cause the piston and valves to collide, destroying the engine.
  1. Brake Service. Your car’s brake fluid should be checked on a regular basis, and replaced if it turns a dark brown color. In the event water is absorbed into the brake fluid, the brake’s hydraulic system can be corroded over time.

Car Disc Brakes

Here are even more services you shouldn’t overlook.

Make an appointment at Stalker Chevrolet to have your car caught up. We are happy to help!

So When Should I Change My Oil?

Keeping your engine properly lubricated will help you get the maximum performance and life from your car, truck, or SUV.  And for the past several decades the general rule has been to change your oil every 3,000 miles. But does that still hold true? That depends on a few factors, but for most people that answer is no.

Because of the many advances in engine technology and the advances in engine lubricants, newer vehicles can typically go over 5,000 miles before an oil change is required.  That is not to say you should always go more than 3,000 miles before an oil change, there are extenuating circumstances.

Truck drivers who are consistently hauling or towing heavy loads; especially in high traffic areas, may need to change their oil more frequently. Another set of drivers that may need to change their oil more frequently than their owner’s manual recommends, are driver that put greater strain on their engines, stopping abruptly or accelerating quickly will wear down you engine faster.

To help you keep track of when you should change your oil, Chevrolet’s are Engine Oil Life Systemequipped with an Engine Oil Life System (OLS) that monitors the use of your oil based on your driving habits and engine conditions. Because this system adjusts to your personal driving habits you can be sure to know that when the OLS light comes on you need to stop by Stalker Chevy for an oil change.

The Certified Service technicians at Stalker Chevrolet are trained to understand your vehicles needs and when you’ll need your oil changed. We’re here offer you quality car care and provide a detailed inspections to let you know the best options for your Chevy.

For the best practice on oil changes for your vehicle consult the maintenance schedule in your Chevrolet Vehicle Owner’s Manual.