Being a car owner comes with the responsibility of maintaining your vehicle. Automotive work is especially important for luxury imports such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche (just to name a few). Cars that have heightened performance levels must live up to the driver’s expectations of ongoing excellence; but this requires some effort on the owner’s part. If you are knowledgeable about auto mechanics then you may be able to perform some of the basic car maintenance tasks yourself; however, if you don’t feel comfortable getting under the hood of your Mercedes, then it’s time to find a reputable automotive specialist who can help you with your ongoing vehicle maintenance. All aspects of your vehicle are important, down to every nook, cranny, crevice, nut, and bolt, and when something goes wrong, it can cause significant damage to the other critical parts of your vehicle in a devastating chain reaction of events. It is essential to give your car a once-over by a professional automotive specialist routinely, ideally following your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance plan set forth by each manufacturer. Here are some suggestions on the bare minimum maintenance that your car should receive year-round.
Know about engine problems
Think of your vehicle’s engine as a vast array of moving parts that requires the proper movement of each piece in order for the entire collaboration to properly function. When you bring your car in for an inspection or a tune-up, usually automotive shops check your engine first. They will want to check the quality and clarity all of the vehicle’s fluids like coolant, transmission fluid, and motor oil. These fluids can tell you a lot about how your vehicle is performing; common issues related to the fluids in your vehicle could be traced to the discovery of debris present in any of the fluids—this can point to other more sinister issues within your engine components. In addition to checking all of the fluids, your automotive specialist should also check all the belts, hoses, and gaskets. These are some of the most common culprits of engine trouble.
Tires safety considerations
Another aspect of ongoing automotive maintenance that is critical for your safety as well as the performance of your vehicle is your tire health. By tire health we mean checking the wear patterns and tread for anything out of the ordinary. If the tread is uneven or abnormal, this may indicate other issues such as faulty wheel alignment or inadequate air pressure in your tires. Keeping your tires at the appropriate pressure level is critical to maintain the health of the tires, but also to extend their life significantly. When your tire pressure is too low or too high, the possibility of a blowout grows exponentially; this is one of the most dangerous occurrences, especially when traveling at high speeds. Tire rotations, wheel alignments, and daily pressure checks are crucial for your safety, will save you money in the long run, and gives your auto specialist an opportunity to catch any other issues early on.
Check issues affecting fuel economy
Last but not least, your fuel economy can tell you a lot about what’s going on with your vehicle; you should monitor your gas mileage daily, noting any obvious, unexplained changes in efficiency. Lowered fuel economy could point toward potential issues with fuel injectors, mass airflow sensors, and other more costly repair work; it is important to look for any early indications of trouble and have an inspection performed by professionals as soon as possible to deter any further damage from occurring. Furthermore, you should refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for suggestions on what type of gasoline to use; some luxury performance vehicles such as BMW and Mercedes may require premium fuel for optimal performance.
Consult ‘Auto Europa’ pros for maintenance
San Francisco is a busy city, and daily stop-and-go traffic takes a serious toll on our vehicles. Auto Europa has been providing the city and nearby areas for over 30 years with affordable solutions to all automotive needs, including ongoing and preventive maintenance, repair work, or simply information regarding best practices for car maintenance. Specializing in European import vehicles, our area of expertise is mainly focused on performance vehicle maintenance and repairs. Call to schedule an appointment today and keep the daily grind from grinding down your car.