Why is Vehicle Maintenance Important? What Happens Without It?

Whether you've just purchased a new car or have owned for a few years, keeping up with a regular maintenance schedule will help you get the most of your ownership experience. FCA cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans are built to last, but the nature of their operation requires regular tune-ups to ensure they run their best. But which parts require maintenance, and what happens if you put off service for too long? Here are a few examples.

  • Oil and Filter Changes: Your engine contains metal parts that rub against each other thousands of times per minute. Oil reduces friction wear and controls the temperature. Waiting too long to change the oil causes contaminants to accumulate, creating sludge. Increased friction can result in catastrophic engine failure.

  • Tire Rotations and Balancing: Tire rotations ensure even wear on all tires, and tire balancing provides a smoother ride and reduces suspension stress. Skipping either of these can result in needing premature tire replacements, unsafe handling, and possible damage to other parts.
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  • Battery Service: Having your battery checked regularly ensures reliable and longer-lasting operation and prevents electrical issues. Ignoring the battery for too long can cause premature battery failure, corrosion, leakage, and failure.

  • Transmission Service: This service ensures smooth gear changes, adequate lubrication of crucial parts, and safe temperature operation. Without it, metal shavings can clog the clutch, while excess heat will lead to a breakdown.
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  • Air Filter: Proper air filter function delivers improved fuel economy, better performance, and less engine stress. Leaving it unchecked can cause an improper air/fuel ratio, engine contamination, and premature engine failure.

  • Air Filter: Proper air filter function delivers improved fuel economy, better performance, and results in less engine stress. Leaving it unchecked can cause an improper air/fuel ratio, engine contamination, and premature engine failure.

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These are just a few of the crucial maintenance items for your vehicle. Fortunately, many services can be performed conveniently during the same visit. If you're due for service or have questions about the recommended maintenance for your vehicle, contact us at your convenience. We'll be happy to assist you.