International 4700: Checklist for Car Maintenance
By now, you probably know that skipping an oil change is bad for the engine. And failing to do some coolant and system checks, not having the needed brake inspection, and neglecting the tires and wheels are common mistakes you'll have to avoid if you want your International 4700 to run as smoothly as it could, without any untoward incident on the road. The list, however, doesn't end here. If you want your vehicle to operate well, then your car maintenance checklist should include these:
You need more than just a good mix of air and fuel for the engine to get all fired up and for the vehicle to run. You also need a well-timed spark. For that, you have to make sure that the spark plugs aren't fouled up. Otherwise, fuel mileage may suffer, the engine may run poorly, and ignition will be messed up. Some spark plugs get to live for about 100,000 miles; others will require replacement every 30,000 miles. Check your vehicle manual for the specifics in spark plug maintenance. Checking these plugs every once in a while will also let you know when it's time to have them replaced, even before they break completely.
Filters are sometimes overlooked, but they're crucial parts that need to be checked and replaced even before they create clogs and cause contamination. If you want your vehicle to be able to breathe more easily, and in effect, generate more power with less stress, then you'll have to make sure that the air filter is checked and replaced as needed. Usually, this takes place every 12 months or 12,000 miles or as needed. Manufacturer recommendations should serve as your guide. Aside from the air filter, you should also check the fuel filter and make sure that it can trap dirt. Replacement can be done every 2 years or 24,000 miles, depending on the recommended time or schedule by the manufacturer. Whenever you change oil, you should also consider changing the oil filter. Also don't forget about the transmission filter. If dirt and contaminants spread throughout the transmission assembly, this may cause clogging. The contaminated transmission fluid may not help curb heat and friction.
Oil and coolant aren't the only fluids that you'll have to monitor and top off as needed. Other automotive systems also rely on fluids for them to function smoothly, such as the brakes, transmission, and power steering. While brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid don't require frequent fluid exchange or replacement like motor oil and coolant, they still need to be checked. Some of them can also get contaminated or may get depleted due to leaks. You can usually tell if these fluids are contaminated through their color. Periodic fluid checks are great steps towards preventive car maintenance. Be sure to use the recommended type of fluid by the manufacturer. Flush the system in case of contamination and top them off or refill them as needed to prevent damage and wear.