Hyundai Maintenance Schedule
Regular service will go a long way to ensure your vehicle’s longevity. But with our busy lives these days, it’s understandable that these routine services are sometimes neglected. Hyundai makes it easier, though, by including a complimentary maintenance plan that covers oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections for 3 years or 36,000 miles. All you need to do is make the appointment when your vehicle’s odometer says it’s time, and get it in to your trusted Hyundai maintenance team. They’ll take care of those needs as they also evaluate the vehicle for any issues that may be developing. While mechanical problems aren’t common in a well-maintained car, this kind of vigilance can help to limit repairs by catching problems before they become more serious.
Oil and Filter Changes
Every engine will need regular oil changes to keep it performing at its best. Oil serves a few crucial roles: it keeps the engine cool, lubricates the engine components, and carries corrosive particles to the filter, where they’re trapped. Over time, though, the filter will fill up with debris and the oil will need to be replaced with a fresh batch. To determine when exactly you should have your vehicle’s oil changed, consult your owner’s manual or ask your factory-trained Hyundai service technician. The average interval for oil and filter changes is about every 5,000 miles, but different driving conditions can shorten that recommendation. Your air filter should be replaced regularly as well.
Tire Rotations and Alignment Checks
Tires are your connection to the road, and that alone makes them a top concern. Besides making sure to have them rotated regularly (usually every time you go in for an oil change), you should do a regular visual check for any signs of damage, such as bulges, gouges, or improper inflation. Because tires endure different wear depending on their position on the vehicle (as well as whether its drivetrain is two-wheel or all-wheel), regular rotations are important for ensuring that the four wear as evenly as possible. You should have your car’s alignment checked every year, or whenever you feel that it’s off (the usual indicator of this is when the car pulls to one side when you briefly take your hand off the steering wheel). Proper alignment ensures that the steering system is straight and your tires are rolling straight ahead together, leading to optimal fuel economy, even tire wear, and precise handling.
A dead battery is one of the car ownership’s unwelcome surprises, especially on a frigid day. To prevent being stranded by an engine that won’t turn over because of a drained battery, have a technician check the voltage during your routine service visits. Batteries tend to last about six years, but it’s not uncommon for lower-quality ones to make it only two or three years. It makes sense to simply replace it if it’s got some age to it or is showing signs of weakening, especially in the fall or winter.
Brakes and Brake Pads
Brake maintenance is, of course, of utmost importance as well. If you notice any sign of decreased effectiveness, have the vehicle checked by an authorized technician without delay. It goes without saying that you need to be able to stop to protect yourself, your passengers, and everyone around you. If you look at your wheels and see rust on the rotors, it’s not necessarily a sign of a problem since vehicles that haven’t been driven much will often develop rust on the rotors. But rust and corrosion on the calipers can lead to seizing, which is without a doubt serious. Again, your Hyundai mechanical team will check for issues like this during your regular service visits, so be sure to stay faithful to the recommended maintenance schedule.