Late Model Vehicle Maintenance Routines

If you have a late-model vehicle you will be happy to know that it is much less likely to break down than an older model vehicle that has travelled the same distance. This is because of the advancements in technologies, including manufacturing tolerances, engineering details, better oil and lubrication (synthetics), and engine management systems.
This however does not mean that you should not treat your vehicle to a regular checkup. Your late-model car needs to be serviced at regular intervals just like any early model vehicle. Despite all the technological advancements in automotive manufacturing technologies there are many areas of the vehicle that need to be maintained, tuned, adjusted, and swapped out at regular intervals.
The most common change in vehicles is the engine management systems. Most vehicles these days have fuel injection and engine management computers to look after ignition timing. Older vehicle used carburetors to feed the engine fuel and air, and used distributer’s with mechanical points with weight assisted timing retardation to fire the spark plugs at the right time. These days this is taken care of by the onboard computers and engine management systems. These advancements mean a greater deal of reliability, power and economy to the consumer. They also mean that an automotive tune-up requires much more sophisticated equipment that in times gone by. A vehicle tune-up of a late-model vehicle is usually a diagnosis session on a laptop computer plugged into the engine management system or CPU. This is then translated into a report which can help to determine the performance or degradation of ancillary components such as spark plugs and air filters.
A common service on a late-model vehicles engine components will include, diagnosis of CPU, exchange of spark plugs, cleaning or replacement of the air intake filter, replacement of the inline fuel filter, check of available power in the battery, exchange of engine, gearbox, and differential oil, and rotation of tyres to ensure even wear. There will of course be other areas of vehicle maintenance but these are the most common. You can ask your local automotive mechanic just what he does at each service. Or consult your manufacturers manual service area to see what needs replacement after your car has travelled a certain distance. Timing belts are probably the most crucial of components to replace, usually at around 4 to 5 years or regular driving.
Following your vehicle manufacturers recommended maintenance routines is the most economical way towards trouble-free motoring.

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