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2016 Luxury Vehicle Maintenance Calendar

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Here at Dimmitt Auto Group, your premier collection of luxury automotive dealerships near Tampa, FL we are committed to helping you keep your luxury automobile in peak condition. After all, your vehicle is a major investment, so it just makes sense to keep it running its best.

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According to a recent consumer survey conducted by the Car Care Council, a government agency focused on educating the public of proper automotive preventative maintenance, 89% of vehicles were in need of at least one service or repair. Additionally, the survey also revealed that:

  • 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil
  • 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid
  • 18% had dirty air filters
  • 17% had low coolant levels
  • 16% needed new windshield wiper blades
  • 27% had low or contaminated windshield washer fluid
  • 18% needed new belts

Of course, the first step to maintaining your luxury vehicle is to consult your Owner’s Manual for specific information regarding critical service milestones. Failure to maintain your vehicle on a regular basis not only leads to premature wear but also may void your car’s warranty.

If you are someone who likes to get under the hood, there are many essential items you can check, and even replace yourself. Or you to take your car to one of our Dimmitt luxury automotive dealerships in Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Sarasota and let our highly trained and certified technicians pamper your car for you.

Here, then, is a list of some of the important things you should stay on top of to keep your car running as it should.

Every Month

Engine Oil – Checking your oil level is crucial to good car health. Dirty or low oil can lead to premature engine wear, increased emissions, lower fuel economy, and reduced performance. If your oil is consistently low, this may signal an internal problem with the engine that should be addressed. The traditional oil change interval is every 3,000 miles. However, many newer vehicles can now go much longer between oil changes. Your Owner’s Manual will give you accurate information regarding how long you can go between oil changes.

Tires – Checking your tire pressure is a very simple and straightforward thing to do. Tire pressure is affected by temperature, so it’s important to check the pressure on a monthly basis. Most new cars come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts you if your tire pressure is low. You’ll find the correct tire inflation pressures printed on a sticker located on the inside of driver’s side door. You should also inspect tires for any signs of visible wear, such as cracks or gouges in the sidewall. If your tire tread looks worn, you can insert a penny upside down into the tread. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, you may need a new set of tires.

Windshield Washer Fluid – You may need to check and fill your washer fluid reservoir more frequently, depending on how much you use it.

Every Three to Six Months

Automatic Transmission Fluid – The change interval for A/T fluid is usually longer than for engine oil. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to check you A/T fluid about every three months or so to be on the safe side.

Engine Coolant – It’s a good idea to check your engine coolant in the fall when it gets cooler and again in the spring or early summer before it gets too hot. Coolant should only be checked when the engine is cold and not running to avoid possible injury.

Every 6 to 9 Months

Wiper Blades – Hot weather is murder on rubber; especially rubber exposed to the sun. Wiper blades are especially susceptible and should be checked for cracks, wear, or rubber that is stiff. Wiper blades are also quick and easy to replace yourself.

Air Filters – Inspect your air filter at least twice a year or more frequently if you drive in dusty conditions. Consult your Owner’s Manual for how to locate the air filter on your particular vehicle.

Lights – Do a walk around of your car and visually inspect that all lights are working properly. If your vehicle is an older model, you may notice that the headlight lenses are getting cloudy. This is easily remedied with an off-the-shelf lens restorer kit. Or our Dimmitt Auto Service Centers can restore the original clarity for you.

Power Steering & Brake Fluids – Find the plastic reservoirs and check the levels of the power steering and brake fluids. If they are a bit low, you can fill them yourself by using a clean, unopened container.

Every 6 to 12 Months

Battery – The extreme Florida heat can cause car batteries to wear out quickly. On average, batteries last about two or three years. If you notice that your car is getting harder to start, this may be the first sign of battery trouble. Another thing that’s easy to check is for any buildup of corrosion around the battery terminals. Clean them with a stiff wire brush. You can buy felt post pads help prevent further buildup. Alternatively, you can take your car to one of our Dimmitt Auto Group service centers and let us perform a check of your electrical system.

Hoses & Belts – It’s a good idea to inspect hoses and twice a year. Hoses tend to wear from the inside out because of the fluids going through them under pressure. Check for soft spots in the hose. Look for any corrosion or buildup where the hoses attach to the radiator and the engine block. Also, check to see if the hoses are tight. Examine the belts for any fraying, cracks, or slick spots that may indicate they need to be changed.

Brakes – If you own a car that is only a couple of years old, it’s likely that you won’t need to have your brakes inspected that often. However, if you experience any unusual problems, such as you have to pump your brakes, if you must push your pedal to the floor, or if the brakes feel “soft” or “mushy,” you should have your brakes inspected by one of our certified auto service technicians right way.  Depending on how you drive your car, you should replace your brake pads around 50,000 miles. Worn brake pads are designed to emit an audible “chirping” sound when they need to be replaced. It is best to have your brakes inspected once a year if you own a higher-mileage vehicle.

Consult your Owner’s Manual for the appropriate intervals to change critical components such as the accessory drive belt, the timing chain or timing belt, and spark plugs. Some newer iridium-tipped plugs can go up to 100,000 miles before they need to be changed.

Drive the Best of the Best from Dimmitt Automotive Group

Many of the superb luxury vehicles for sale near Tampa at our family of Dimmitt Auto Group luxury automotive dealerships come with advanced diagnostic tools, such as smartphone apps, that make it easy for you to both track and schedule vehicle maintenance.

Regardless of the make or model of car that you own, the two best pieces of advice we can give you are always to consult your Owner’s Manual and to take your car to one of our conveniently located Dimmitt Auto Service Centers located below:

Dimmitt Cadillac Clearwater

727.493.4604

25191 US Highway N

Clearwater, FL 33763

Dimmitt Cadillac St. Petersburg

727.493.5067

3333 Gandy Boulevard N

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Dimmitt Land Rover

727.493.5071

25191 US Highway N

Clearwater, FL 33763

Aston Martin Tampa Bay

727.493.4602

3333 Gandy Boulevard N

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Bentley Tampa Bay

727.493.4603

3255 Gandy Blvd

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

McLaren Tampa Bay

727.493.5997

3255 Gandy Blvd

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Rolls Royce Tampa Bay

727.608.5758

3255 Gandy Blvd

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

The Sarasota Studio

941.421.7397

1518 State Street

Sarasota, FL 34236

Sources:

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/saving/car-maintenance-schedule

http://www.carcare.org/car-care-service-schedules/general-service-schedule/

http://lifehacker.com/the-preventative-maintenance-you-need-to-do-on-your-car-1394196018

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