I was at Toyota Gensan the whole afternoon waiting for my Vios. Today is her scheduled 10,000 kms. PM (Preventive Maintenance). In just 6 months she already accumulated those number of kilometers. She is indeed a workhorse. The key to any good vehicle is regular maintenance. You take care of your vehicle and it will take care of you for a long period of time.
Here are my two cents for maintaining your vehicle so it will serve you much longer than a vehicle which is not well taken cared of:
1. Always follow the scheduled PM of your vehicle.
If its brand new, the dealer will remind you about it. If its a used vehicle, then set your own PM based on your vehicle’s usage. The usual time frame is every 6 months or 5,ooo kms. Whichever comes first.
2. Don’t skimp on the consumables or spare parts that needs to be replaced.
If a spare part needs to be replaced, buy a new one. If posible use the recommended oils or spare parts for the vehicle. You will end up saving more rather than replacing it again in a few months due to defective parts that are substandard.
3. If posible have a regular mechanic.
Don’t go to a different repair shop and or a different mechanic each time you have a PM. It pays to have a “suki” mechanic. In that way, he will know the history of your vehicle’s maintenance. Believe me in saying that a mechanic can recall the last thing that he did to your vehicle.
4. Listen to your vehicle.
You don’t have to wait for the scheduled PM if you feel that your vehicle is not running well. Head for the nearest mechanic or your regular mechanic the soonest posible time when you sense that something is not right in your vehicle.
5. Check your vehicle regularly yourself.
There are things that you can do on your own without consulting your mechanic. Tires pressures should be correct. Check the spare tire too. Brake fluids, coolants and windshield wiper fluids can easily be checked by popping the hood and have a look yourself. The battery should also be checked. I write down on the battery the date I purchased it so I will know if it is almost due to be replaced. I usually do all of these before going on a long trip or on a weekly basis.
I don’t drive my vehicle without knowing it’s current status. You don’t want to have a breakdown in the middle of nowhere just because you forgot to add coolant which caused an overheated radiator or get into an accident because you failed to check your brake fluid. Make it a habit to check your vehicle regularly. It only takes a minimum amount of time rather than having it repaired or get into an accident because of poor PM. Lets all drive safely and responsibly.