PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE (PM)
Imagine…you are in the middle of your holiday and BAM! Something unexpected happens, could be an engine or a brake issue, suspension or tires. The vast majority of road side issues are preventable with regular Preventative Maintenance (PM). The key word is Preventative. I’m sure as a reader you will agree that doing maintenance on your terms is a lot less stressful then on Murphy’s terms. (The founder of Murphy’s Law)
If you are new to Murphy’s Law let me enlighten you, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” It’s in that very statement where PM and Murphy cross paths. If you have an opportunity to correct something before it is a roadside issue, then the “can go wrong” becomes a “can’t go wrong, won’t go wrong”. That is a bold statement because literally anything is possible but let’s stack the deck in our favor, shall we?
We all are aware that keeping our vehicles on the road is an expense. When a proper PM program is in place the added costs related to not fixing a problem, is not there. Some of the added costs could be tow bills and collateral damage. The one without a price tag, and perhaps the biggest, is the stress and frustration caused by a break down when you least expect it.
“When a proper PM program is in place the added costs related to not fixing a problem, is not there.”
When was the last time someone looked under your hood, or rolled under your vehicle? A keen eye during regular maintenance and inspection can help prevent those hot day, stuck in the middle of traffic nightmares. Even simple routines can help the vehicle owner. Check your own oil at every fuel fill. Nowadays with the pace of our lives, this seems to be a little much. People just want to get in and get out of the fuel station. The key here is not just checking oil, it’s about getting acquainted with the “little town” under your hood. Yes, I said little town. Think of it this way. You know where the bakery, bank and grocery stores are in your town, I am sure you visit them regularly. Visiting under your hood is how you get to know what’s under there. You’ll get know where all the under hood fluids live and how much should be there. This familiarity will help you see when something doesn’t look right. After all if you only see something once how can you tell if something is wrong. Loose bolts, belts and bling won’t sneak up on you and take a good trip away from your plans. If you can recognize that something is not right you can take steps to correct it.
“This familiarity will help you see when something doesn’t look right. After all if you only see something once how can you tell if something is wrong.”
I don’t expect the average vehicle owner to become a technician overnight. Becoming familiar with your car, truck or RV can make you aware of any potential problems. Listen to your vehicle; know the good, normal sounds. Learn to spot oil leaks where there were none before. Take note of what a properly inflated tire looks like and check them frequently with a trusted gauge. If that pesky check engine light comes on, don’t ignore it. Get it into a shop to find out why. If we can help, let us know!
With maintenance schedules that focus on prevention and an owner that knows more about the vehicle than just the passenger area, good times on the road will be great times