When you purchase a new car, you want to keep it running like new for as long as possible. Over time, dirt and wear cause parts to deteriorate. The driver’s manual that comes with your vehicle provides you with information about part replacement and servicing requirements to help it run as efficiently as possible.
Here at College Lincoln, we specialize in Lincoln cars and SUVs. Not only are we Lethbridge’s home for new and used Lincoln vehicles, but we are the place to go for high-quality servicing and authentic Lincoln parts.
Scheduled maintenance is important because it ensures that your car keeps running smoothly and prevents major damage from occurring. Some maintenance should be regularly scheduled, such as oil changes. Other types of servicing and part replacement may only need to happen once during the life of the vehicle.
As a car owner, it is important to know what your vehicle needs, when to do it, and what may happen without it.
Oil and Oil Filter
Every 8,000 to 16,000km, your car will need to have its oil changed.
Oil is used to keep the engine’s parts from rubbing together. There are a variety of synthetic oils available, so talk to a mechanic about which kind is best for your car.
The air filter will need changing every 24,000 to 48,000km.
When the air filter gets clogged, the engine has a harder time getting the oxygen it needs to work. If you tend to drive on dirt roads, the air filter will need to be changed more regularly.
About every 48,000km, you should ask your mechanic to check the fuel filter.
Just like the air filter, when the fuel filter gets filled with dirt, the engine cannot work properly. The vehicle may have a hard time starting, and it will get poor fuel mileage.
Most batteries last four to five years and many drivers will go 80,000km during this time.
When a battery is dead, your vehicle will not start. You may be able to jump-start it, but after time, it will not start at all.
To prevent yourself from being stranded, ask your mechanic to check the charge of your battery and to let you know when to replace it.
The brake system has multiple parts that need to be replaced at different times.
Brake Fluid: 32,000 to 72,000km and/or if the brakes feel “squishy” when you apply pressure
Brake Pads/Shoes: about 80,000km or when they start screeching when you brake
Brake Rotors: about 95,000km
It is better to err on the side of caution when it comes to maintaining your brake system. When any part of the brake system is not functioning at its best, you put yourself and others at risk.
The harder you are on your brakes by slamming or riding them, the more frequently they will need to be replaced. By altering your driving habits, you can increase the longevity of your car’s brake pads.
Every 95,000km, it is important to have the coolant system flushed and refilled.
When you get your oil changed, your mechanic may check the coolant levels. A quality mechanic will top it off, too.
Coolant helps keep the engine from overheating. If the coolant levels drop to low or it becomes contaminated with dirt, your vehicle’s engine can overheat.
Once your car has driven 48,000km every few thousand miles, take a look at the dipstick. Pink, sweet-smelling fluid is good, and dark red or brown, burnt-smelling fluid is bad.
If your vehicle does not have a dipstick, it may have a light indicator on the dashboard.
The transmission fluid should be replaced by 160,000km.
Neglecting to change the transmission fluid can cause major damage to your vehicle’s engine.
Some cars have timing chains that do not need inspecting until you reach 144,000km.
If your vehicle does have a timing belt, it should be changed between 12,000 and 144,000km.
For most vehicles, the timing belt will only need to be replaced once during the life of the vehicle.
Be sure to replace the timing belt before it breaks. If the timing belt breaks while you are driving, it will likely destroy the vehicle’s engine.
Running Like New
Lincoln creates high-quality luxury vehicles. Keeping your car in top condition requires regular servicing.
The maintenance time and mileage recommended by the driver’s manual is just that - a recommendation. The way a vehicle is driven, as well as road and weather conditions, will determine when a specific type of maintenance is actually needed.
Let us at College Lincoln be your go-to for all service and maintenance needs. We even offer pickup and delivery services so that maintaining your Lincoln will not cause you to miss a beat. Go online today to schedule your car’s next appointment.