Why Regular Oil Changes and Brake Inspections Are Important
Why Regular Oil Changes & Brake Inspections Are Important
Everyone knows motor oil and brakes are integral to keeping your car humming. At Big West Ford, we believe in providing consumers in the Edmonton, AB area with everything they need to properly maintain their vehicles for optimal performance. Find out how you can tend to your oil levels and brake system below, and contact us at your convenience for further details.
How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
Some drivers might insist on booking an oil change every 5,000 km or so, but modern automation and synthetic oils have set a new standard. If you drive a newer model, an oil change every 12,000 to 18,000 km will do, and we suggest consulting your owner's manual or one of our technicians for a clearer picture of your recommended motor oil maintenance.
How to Know When You Need to Change Your Oil
Before booking your next service call at Big West Ford, you can always start your own maintenance routine and check your oil levels about once a month. This will allow you to address low oil levels while sparing your engine any significant damage.
Monitoring Your Oil Levels
Keeping tabs on your oil levels is simple. Firstly, check your owner's manual for your engine's recommended motor oil and locate your dipstick once you've parked on level ground, shut the engine off, and popped the hood. Start by removing the dipstick, wipe it off with a rag, then reinsert it and remove it again to check your oil levels. If you're low, feel free to top up your motor oil, and if the oil has metal debris or is milky in colour, we recommend bringing us your vehicle for an inspection.
How Often Should Brakes Be Inspected?
Like many standard maintenance services, you can never go wrong with a brake inspection every six months. We also recommend getting your braking system checked before and after winter, as you'll need them to be in optimal condition before extreme weather strikes, and the snow, slush, and ice could put your brakes through a lot of work.
How to Know When Your Brakes Need Servicing
A common sign your brakes are ailing is reduced responsiveness, meaning you need to brake earlier or with greater force than usual to come to a stop. Another telling sign is a vibrating steering wheel when either braking at higher speeds or heading downhill, and of course, if you hear any loud grinding sounds when your foot hits the brake pedal, it's time to get your system serviced.
If your vehicle is due for an oil change or a brake inspection, contact us at Big West Ford to book your next service appointment today.