Whether you have a sedan, SUV, or crossover, you can rest assured that your Lexus is going to be the height of luxury with superb craftsmanship and sleek, sophisticated styling.
But like any car, a Lexus requires regular maintenance to ensure you’re getting the best ride and most amount of miles out of your investment. Make sure you are doing everything in your power to keep your Lexus in excellent condition by performing regular preventative maintenance.
Preventative maintenance will not only prolong the life of your Lexus, but it will also save you a lot of money in the long run. For example, regular oil changes will keep your engine in good condition while also stretching your gas mileage to save you money. But your engine isn’t the only part of your Lexus to keep well-maintained. Regular upkeep of several parts of your car is essential to making sure you get the best ride for a long time.
How to Care for Your Lexus
When working on getting the best performance out of your Lexus, make sure you are keeping up with the following components:
Think of the engine as the heart of your Lexus. Taking care of the engine is absolutely essential by following your maintenance schedule. Lexus recommends having your engine serviced every 5,000 miles or six months. The intervals that are recommended for service were designed to make sure your car stays running smoothly for a long time. On top of regular oil changes, having your engine regularly checked by a certified mechanic will head off a lot of problems (read: expensive problems) before they arise.
While you have a certified mechanic look at your engine, make sure they are also checking your transmission too. There are few words more dreaded by car owners than, “Looks like you need a new transmission.” To keep those words from coming out of your mechanic’s mouth, a good rule of thumb is to have the transmission flushed and replaced every 30,000 miles. Making sure the fluid and filter are replaced in a timely fashion will save you money in the long run.
Don’t let a warning light on your dashboard be the first time you think of your car’s steering system. The steering system on a Lexus is known for being quicker and more accurate than other makes and models. When you have your transmission fluid replaced at 50,000, have your steering system serviced as well to check for leaks and replace the fluid.
It’s just common sense that making sure your brakes are inspected and replaced when necessary is essential to your safety. Lexus recommends that your brake fluid be replaced at the 30,000-mile service. In the meantime, if you hear squeaking or other noises that occur when you press the brake, have a mechanic check it out immediately to avoid further damage to the brake system or any risk to your safety.
When it’s in good working order, your car’s cooling system will ensure that your engine is working at peak performance. As the heart of your vehicle, your engine can get heated up pretty quickly from the work it’s doing. Your cooling system is there to keep it from overheating by sending liquid coolant through the engine. It is recommended that you have your system’s fluid flushed out and replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles.
Investing in a nice set of tires is going to enhance your car’s performance, but you will also have peace of mind knowing you’re safe. Make it a habit to check your tire’s pressure regularly to make sure they aren’t too flat. To find this information, simply look on your driver’s door panel. It’s recommended that you have your tires rotated every 3,000 - 6,000 miles to ensure even wear on them. Also, regularly check the tread on your tires by placing a quarter in the tread. If the quarter stands up, your tread is still at safe levels. Whether the tread is worn or not, your tires should be fully replaced every six years. With their exposure to the elements, tires are prone to decay if kept longer than that.
Tips to Keep On Top of Maintenance
1) Budget Ahead
Add a line item on your budget for your vehicle’s regular maintenance. Inspections, fluids, and tires can put a dent in your wallet. Budgeting ahead will mean you always have the money available to stay on top of your maintenance schedule.
2) Watch for Warning Signs
Don’t put off having your car looked at by a mechanic if you notice something vibrating, something making an odd noise, or if a warning light turns on. As someone who drives your car daily, you know when something is “off.” Don’t delay in calling the mechanic to have it looked at. That little noise you hear could turn into a big, expensive problem later.
3) Follow Your Maintenance Schedule
Your Lexus has a specific schedule for regular maintenance, depending on what model you have. You can access your car’s schedule online or by consulting your owner’s manual or mechanic.
4) Find a Trusted Mechanic
At the end of the day, a lot of problems can be avoided or addressed when you partner with a mechanic you trust like the experts you’ll find at Euro Motorworks. Our experts will make sure your Lexus is getting the best care to optimize its performance for years.
Euro Motorworks has been providing Lexus owners with the best possible service in the Indianapolis area since 1993. Schedule an appointment today with one of our expert technicians to discuss how we can work together to keep your Lexus in pristine condition for years to come.