Regular vehicle maintenance is one of the most important responsibilities as a driver. Even if you know next-to-nothing about the parts that make your vehicle work perfectly, there are a few key ways you can identify when certain parts need to be replaced.
Identifying when it’s time to take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic can save you loads of money over time. Below are the parts you need to keep your eye on, and how to know when it’s time to replace them.
Brake pads/brake rotor
When using your brake pedal to stop your vehicle, your brakes are actually pressing against a brake pad. This protects the brake rotor from getting damaged and allows it to do its job. When you notice your brakes making a screeching sound, vibrating, or simply not being as responsive as they used to be, it’s time to take a look at your brake pads and rotors.
You will probably notice padding still on the brake pads. If they look worn and you’ve been noticing noises and vibrations when brakes are applied, they need to be replaced. Check for further damage; any heavy grooves on the rotor means it’s time to replace it immediately.
Here’s an easy tip. Lift up your hood and check your battery every few months to ensure there is no mineral buildup or leaking. If there is, simply use a battery cleaning brush to safely clean off the gunk and residue (failure to do so could result in the battery contacts becoming damaged). If you notice a a liquid on the batter, check it every few days to make certain isn’t a leak. If it is, get it replaced.
While checking your battery, make it a habit of also checking your spark plugs. When they look worn or are soiled in buildup, this causes your engine to not operate at its best. While it’s not a huge issue in the short-term, this can cause your engine to breakdown over time (bad spark plugs can also reduce your fuel efficiency up to 30 per cent).
Perhaps the easiest method for checking the condition of your vehicle’s parts is identifying alignment issues. It’s simple because you’re going to know if there’s a problem before you even think about checking it.
When you notice that your vehicle isn’t handling as well on the road as it used to be, if your tires are working and inflated properly you likely have an alignment issue. Take your automobile to a trusted mechanic as soon as possible to have them clarify what’s going on. If you do, get it fixed as soon as possible. Failure to do so could result in a serious accident.
Here’s another easy tip. Once a month, be sure all of your lights are working properly, including your brake lights, turn signals, headlights, reverse lights, interior lights, fog lights, etc. Not only are these lights invaluable to avoiding an accident, you could also get a ticket for driving with a broken light.
If you’ve noticed your vehicle’s parts are not in as good of condition as they once were, please contact GM Outlet Parts today. We can match your old parts with new, genuine parts all at a price that you can afford. Plus, we provide fast ground shipping to Canada!