Saab 9-7x Maintenance Tips for an Optimum Performance
Since your Saab 9-7x can pretty much go wherever you want, it also goes without saying that it will become exposed to extreme terrain conditions. Sure, your vehicle can handle it, but there are certain car parts that are more delicate and would need more attention than the others. Here are maintenance tips to help your Saab 9-7x give an optimum performance:
- Keep tabs on the tie rods.
Tie rods are the ones responsible for keeping your wheels intact and connected to the steering rack, giving you complete control over the direction to which the vehicle is heading. And since they are attached to the wheels, tie rods are the ones mostly affected whenever your car experiences bumps and falls. In time, tie rods get loose, wear out, and eventually give in, which might cause a serious accident. So, when you start feeling less in-control of your car, or begin experiencing some pulling and wandering, then it's a good time to have your tie rods checked and have them replaced if necessary.
- Flush and replenish the engine coolant.
The engine coolant, like your car's other fluids, deteriorates over time and would need to be replenished to keep the car working properly. Since your coolant works closely with your engine, it's susceptible to contaminants such as rust and acid build-up. And when the engine coolant has deteriorated because of these contaminants, its composition will be altered, thereby affecting its boiling/freezing points. Because of that, your engine would suffer and be put at risk due to overheating. So, make sure that you replace your engine coolant as soon as it starts showing signs of deterioration to avoid further complications.
Your car's accessory belt has power over the alternator, air conditioning compressor, and maybe even the water pump. So, making sure that it's in good condition is crucial. Because once it breaks, you would have a hard time starting your car, and if you do get lucky and are able to get it started, it won't be for too long. Since the accessory drive belt pushes the alternator, with it being broken, your car is going to rely on its battery. And we all know that's not going to last. So, make sure that you check your accessory belt for signs of wear such as cracks, fraying and stretching. Hearing squealing noises when you start the engine or accelerate, or hear rattling noises from a pulley, are signs that almost certainly mean that your belt needs replacement.
- Make sure that the tires are properly inflated
If you want to get the most out of your car, then having properly inflated tires is one way to go. Tire condition may not seem like a big deal, but it actually has a lot of impact when it comes to your vehicle's overall performance. It's a huge factor for fuel economy and vehicle handling, as well as your safety. A properly inflated tire would have more traction on the road and would be easier to control, resulting in a more efficient and precise driving. And how would you know if your tire is indeed sufficiently inflated? Well, don't just look at it. Use a tire pressure gauge to get an accurate measurement and know how your tire is really doing.