A vehicles’s owner’s manual may not be exciting reading, but they have valuable information about how to operate and maintain your vehicle.
Following the maintenance and service guidelines will help to ensure the longevity and reliability of your vehicle.
Here are some reasons you should read your owner’s manual.
1. Interpreting Warning Indicator Lights
Refer to your owner’s manual to interpret any warning light that may appear on your vehicle’s control panel. If the light stays illuminated or begins to blink or flash, seek the assistance of a registered repair shop as soon as possible to limit damage to your vehicle and avoid costly repairs.
2. Setup Helpful Reminders
Learn how to take advantage of your vehicle’s reminder system. These systems are included in many vehicles and can help you stay up to date on important maintenance services.
3. Maintenance Schedule
Be aware of what services your vehicle needs and when they are recommended ( 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, etc.). If your mechanic recommends that your vehicle be serviced, ask why the service is needed and if it is recommended by the manufacturer. Keep good records of all services done on your vehicle. Many manuals include helpful logs to record your service history and repair information.
4. Fluid Requirements
In addition to knowing how often to service your vehicle, it’s also a good idea to know what types of fluids your vehicle requires and when they should be changed. Not following your vehicle’s fluid requirements may cause harm to your vehicle and can void its warranty.
5. Warranty Information
Before agreeing to any repairs on your vehicle, consult your owner’s manual for any parts or repairs that may be covered under your vehicle’s warranty. Also, pay close attention to any products that are not recommended by the manufacturer and any services that may void your warranty if performed.
Here are some links to manufacturer’s website where you can download a copy of your vehicles owner’s manual. Now you can have a copy saved on your computer to make it convenient to look up information when your not in your vehicle.
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