Most vehicle components have an estimated life expectancy, after which the driver is expected to get the part replaced. While some parts are expected to last the vehicle’s lifespan, others can last only so long. Regardless of a component’s life expectancy, a driver’s attitude towards maintenance could help ensure its longevity or accelerate its wear.
Preventative maintenance helps ensure the optimal working of vehicle components and detects problems in their early stages before they become full-blown. Lexus is a brand well known for its strict maintenance requirements. Ideally, the owner is expected to bring the car in for maintenance service every 6 months or after 5,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Hence, to avoid the worst kind of surprise in the middle of nowhere, create time for preventative maintenance. Take some of your day to inspect your vehicle for wear signs and attend to any issues urgently. If you are curious about the components that need close inspections, keep reading as we discuss all the possible areas to inspect.
Check These Areas Often
A tire is expected to last between 3 to 5 years. You should inspect the tire air pressure and check for bulges, cracks, punctures or uneven tread wear at least once a month. Once the tire exceeds three years, you need to pay closer attention to avoid unexpected blowouts. Bad tires negatively affect your fuel efficiency, and they put you at risk of an accident.
In some cases, uneven tire wear indicates an issue with your suspension or poor alignment. If you notice this, you should contact a professional for further investigation.
The oil is crucial to your engine’s smooth running. The oil circulates through the engine components to prevent friction and absorb the heat from the lubricated parts. You should check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change and regularly inspect your oil to know when it is due for a change. You can top up if it is low or go in for an oil change whenever you are due for an oil change. You should also replace the oil filter to ensure that it efficiently keeps your oil free of dirt and contaminants.
Besides the engine oil, several fluids, including the transmission, brake, power steering, and coolant, are required for your vehicle’s proper functioning. They need to be kept at the appropriate levels to avoid the breakdown of their components. You also need to regularly check these fluids to ensure that they are at the recommended level or consult a professional if they are due for a change.
Change your air filter
The filter helps clean the air circulating through your heating and cooling system by trapping particulates and contaminants. A dirty air filter impacts your engine performance and fuel efficiency. Hence, it is important to inspect your air filter during your maintenance appointments and make the replacement if needed.
Lookout for electrical issues
Having a blown bulb is not unusual. However, regular bulb blowout should be further examined. It could be due to a blown fuse or bad wiring connection. Whichever is the case, you need to get a professional for further examination.
Depending on your model, you may need to go in for maintenance every 3,500 to 5,000 miles. A “maintenance required” indicator may appear on your dashboard when your vehicle is due for service. Most times, this is your vehicle subtly telling you that you are due for either an oil change, tire rotation, or other routine maintenance.
Carotech Automotive: Los Angeles’ Most Trusted Lexus Service Center
Preventative maintenance is essential for every vehicle’s longevity, including your Lexus. If you wait until a problem becomes full-blown, you may pay more due to extensive damage.
At Carotech Automotive, we offer a comprehensive maintenance service and repairs on all European, Asian and Domestic vehicles. Our technicians have years of experience working on Lexus models, and you can be rest assured that your car is in safe hands. We employ factory-grade tools and equipment to ensure high-quality services and repairs.
* Lexus Car image credit goes to: Andrii Baidak.