Saturn Astra: Simple Maintenance Tips to Keep It Running
Hatchbacks tend to be less popular than sedans in American markets, but they still remain viable players. The Saturn Astra is particularly unique in its classification as it is the marquee's smallest model. Amusingly, this boasts the carrying space offered by the traditional hatchback without slipping too far into uncomfortable utility territory. This and its amply powered 1.8-L Z18XER inline-4-cylinder gas engine have made the Saturn Astra a great investment prior to the brand's 2010 fall from grace. If you still happen to have this great vehicle, these are the maintenance and care tips that would keep it running for a long time.
- Be extra careful with weights.
With hatchbacks like the Saturn Astra, it might get easy to be carried away when it comes to loading stuff out back. Despite the great deal of space available when you pop the rear door, you have to remember that the vehicle itself is still lighter in weight than SUVs. Overloading comes with a much greater risk of damage to the suspension, wheels, and even the frame. Fortunately, all that you need to know is all spelled out for you in the owner's manual. Make sure you understand the numbers given, pick the one that accounts for your possible passenger load, and then don't go to the absolute edge of the envelope.
One critical tip you absolutely need to do to keep your Saturn Astra running in peak conditions is the topping off on all the fluids that lubricate and keep your mechanical components smoothly operating. Engine oils lower the internal temperature and reduce the potential for friction damage on the components that keep your Saturn Astra running properly. Other examples of essential fluids include the transmission fluid in the gearbox that allows for equally fluid motion when shifting gears.
The wipers on the Saturn Astra play invaluable but understated roles protecting you and your driving during the wet and rainy season. Among all the components in your car, it's the motor driving the wiper that tends to break down rather quickly. More than that, the squiggly and soft component of the wiper—that does the actual "wiping"—also deteriorates and grows brittle over time. This renders the wipers completely ineffective when you need them to work properly. Make sure to check and test the state of your wipers every chance you get and replace what needs replacing.
Custom covers available for your Saturn Astra will protect your hatchback from dust and even the elements. More than that however, it will also protect your vehicle from minor bumps when not in use. It's worth getting and using every chance you get.
The Saturn Astra is a unique blend of functionality and comfort, and it is versatile enough to help with carrying stuff around. If you're one to be careful and conscientious when it comes to maintenance, you can count on this car being a viable companion through the day to day for a much longer time.