Volvo Tips: How to extend the life of your vehicleby All Vovo on 04/02/15
When you choose to drive a Volvo, we know that you are already choosing quality-- but to get the most out of your vehicle, there are a few tricks that you can use to expand the life of your Volvo. Really, these tips are basic, but can extend the life of ANY make of vehicle to its fullest potential!
One of the easiest things you can do on a daily basis is a visual inspection of your vehicle. Look for colored fluid leaking, low air in the tires or any excessive or dark smoke coming from your car. These could be indicators of a problem that should be fixed before they lead to a total vehicle breakdown. It also helps to take the time to regularly hose off dirty water and road grime from your Volvo.
The next simple tip to keeping your car on the road for a long time is replace your car’s fluids as recommended by your owner’s manual. Your car’s oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. This will help keep the engine running efficiently and will minimize sludge. We also recommend using quality oil; it may be more expensive in the short term but it will help protect your engine. Also, remember to get your cooling system flushed and your brake fluid replaced once a year. To protect your Volvo’s transmission remember to the transmission fluids changed every 25,000-30,000 miles.
You will want to remember to follow the owner’s manual and keep up on other regular maintenance items. This will keep the car running and can help prevent the need for bigger repairs. Have your belts and hoses inspected twice a year. Timing belts will need to be changed every 60-90k miles. Have your power train on a regular lubrication schedule. You should also have your Volvo aligned twice a year and follow a regular tire rotation schedule.
With proper preventative maintenance you can keep your Volvo going and going for hundreds of thousands of miles. The three major areas are visual inspections, watching your fluids, and listening to your manual. It can be a lot to keep track of, but as always, the biggest tip is to find a mechanic, or a Volvo mechanic that you can trust. A good auto repair shop and technician, can make all of this a little easier to track and check upon.
If you have any questions about preventative services just consult your owner’s manual of your vehicle or give us at All Vovo a call and we will help you out!