Most of us rely on our vehicles every day. Whether it’s commuting to work, running errands, or embarking on a road trip, our cars are essential for keeping us on the move. But like any valuable investment, they need care and attention to keep them performing their best—and that’s where preventive maintenance comes in.

Preventive maintenance does exactly what its name suggests: it prevents your car from needing major repairs by addressing small issues proactively. Sometimes, you’ll notice warning signs like shaking, strange odors, or unusual sounds, but other times, those problems sneak up on you without any warning. By taking a proactive approach to your auto care, you can prevent unexpected breakdowns, costly repairs, and unnecessary headaches down the road.

At Accurate Automotive Attention, our goal is to help our customers get the most out of their vehicles. Although there are many different 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

The importance of regular oil changes can’t be overstated when it comes to keeping your engine running smoothly. Dirty or contaminated oil simply can’t lubricate and cool your engine adequately. Putting off oil changes increases the risk of excessive engine wear, overheating, and engine sludge. Although recommendations vary from vehicle to vehicle, most drivers should have an oil change performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Check your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommendations or ask your service advisor.

Timing Belt Inspection

The timing plays a crucial role in how your engine functions as it keeps the engine’s internal components, such as the pistons and valves, in perfect coordination and prevents them from colliding with each other. When the timing belt fails, it can lead to stalling and serious engine damage, including bent valves, damaged pistons, or cylinder head damage. Ideally, your timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 miles, but it’s a good idea to have it inspected annually to ensure there are no signs of wear that could cause it to fail while you’re on the road.

Battery Check

A battery’s condition can provide valuable insights into your vehicle’s overall health. For example, if your battery is having trouble starting your vehicle or maintaining a charge, it could indicate issues with the starting and charging system. We’ll inspect your battery for leaks, buildup, and other issues that could be causing it to malfunction. Even basic maintenance like cleaning the contacts can make a significant difference in how well your battery performs.

Wheel Alignment

Regular alignments extend the life of your tires by preventing uneven and premature wear, but they also help you stay safe by ensuring proper traction and stability. When your wheels are misaligned, it puts excess stress on the suspension components and increases the risk of them becoming damaged. Proper alignment improves overall handling and fuel efficiency by reducing rolling resistance. Various things can throw off your alignment as you drive, including hitting potholes or curbs, running over road debris, or even getting into a fender bender, which is why it’s important to have it checked at least once a year.

Visit Accurate Automotive Attention for All Your Maintenance Needs

When it comes to your maintenance needs, there’s no better choice than Accurate Automotive Attention! As Yuma’s only AAA Approved Auto Repair and service shop, we have a long-standing reputation for providing friendly, reliable, and highly-competent care for your vehicles. With our extensive range of services, including factory-recommended maintenance, electronic repairs, check engine light repair, and more, we have you completely covered. Schedule an appointment today and discover the difference our expertise and dedication can make for your vehicle.

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