What will happen if I don't change the motor oil at the recommended service interval?
Your Meteor's engine needs clean motor oil for it to function well. If dirty motor oil is left in the engine and not replaced at the recommended replacement interval, it can break down, get denser, and eventually turn into sludge. If it turns into sludge, instead of helping the engine, it's going to cause the engine to fail as the sludge is not capable of lubricating the moving parts of the engine anymore. If the engine parts are not lubricated properly, it will cause the engine to seize. Repairing a damaged engine is very expensive, so make sure to change oil as scheduled to avoid these kinds of problems.
When should I change the oil filter of my car?
It is advisable that you replace your oil filter when you change your motor oil. Over time, your oil filter can get clogged up with all the dirt and impurities coming from the engine oil. If it gets clogged, motor oil flow will be restricted. It is easy to change the oil filter. In fact, you can do it yourself. Just be careful in replacing the oil filter. Make sure that you connect it tightly and correctly.
Aside from the motor oil, what other vehicle fluids should I keep an eye on?
Yes, motor oil is very important, but your car has other vehicle fluids that you should keep an eye on like the coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid. The coolant keeps the engine at the allowed operating temperatures and prevents the engine from overheating, while the brake fluid amplifies the braking force of your car. The transmission fluid in turn lubricates the moving gears in the transmission and keeps the transmission from overheating. And then there's the power steering fluid, which makes it easier for you to turn your car's steering wheel. Now that you know the other car fluids and their functions, you might want to think again about forgetting about them.
When do I check my brakes and replace its parts?
The brakes, for the most part, are always in contact with the wheels, so it is a no-brainer that they wear out faster than the other parts of your car. For this reason alone, you need to check your brakes regularly to ensure that they are always working properly and keeping you safe on the road. Its components such as the brake pads, rotors, callipers, and brake lines can get worn out or damaged. When this happens, make sure to replace the damaged ones as soon as possible. You can tell if there is something wrong with your brakes if you start to hear abnormal grinding noise or high-pitched squealing every time you step on your brakes. Another sign of a faulty brake system is when you feel vibrations on the steering wheel when you step on the brake pedal. It is important to have your brakes fixed as soon as you start feeling and hearing unusual things coming from them.