Your car is your life. Work, class, the store, the open road on the weekends, you rely on your car to get you where you need to be. This makes it all the more devastating when your vehicle does fail. Much like taking care of your body keeps your immune system strong, good preventative maintenance keeps your car running smoothly. While all good gear heads know to change their oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, what are some often overlooked maintenance items?
Per a 2014 survey by the Car Care Council, 13% of vehicles has low or contaminated brake fluid. Be sure to ask your technician at your Saab Official Service Center to check your brakes every year or 12,000 miles. This should include brake pads and fluid.
Whether it’s the timing belt or drive belt, belts are crucial to your engine’s function. Use a run of the mill oil change as an opportunity to check on these vital parts of your car. It is always better to replace a belt that is on the fence than to feel it break while cruising down the highway.
Wipers and Fluid
Wipers may not seem as exciting or relevant to driver safety as brakes and belts, they can be the difference between an accident and a close-call in low visibility situations. The same Car Care Council survey showed that 16% of drivers needed new wipers while 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid. Given how easy it is to replace wiper blades and fluid, it seems like a no-brainer to always have these topped off and in tip-top shape.
Much like wiper fluid, engine air filters can seem like an unnecessary concern. But, replacing your engine air filter regularly can increase fuel efficiency by up to 11%. This easy fix can also increase your engine’s longevity. Check on your air filter every oil change and your engine will thank you. In addition, the cabin air filter should be replaced, or at least check on, every year or 12,000 miles. This will help clear out allergens and maintain the cockpit-like environment of your Saab’s interior.
Proper cooling keeps your engine running. And yet, Car Care Council reports that 17% of people had inadequate cooling or low coolant levels. Much like wiper fluid, replacing your coolant is a simple fix. Just be sure to maintain an at least 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water. However, it is important to have your Saab Official Service Center check on the entire cooling system to ensure that it is running properly. Ask every year, or after every 12,000 miles.
Keeping your Saab safe and sound is probably never far from your mind. Luckily, peace of mind can come with Saab Original Auto Parts from a Saab Official Service Center. Saab Original parts are covered by the 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. This means that any Saab parts from an Official Service Center should be covered until long after your next preventative maintenance checkup. Remember that preventative maintenance, just like a healthy diet and exercise add years to your life, can keep your Saab at peak performance for many more years to come.