Maintenance Tips for your SUV

SUV’s are perfect vehicles for off-road trips, if you live in an area where the roads are rough and the weather is sever, and are also perfect for hauling equipment. There are many situations that can cause damage and cause overall wear and tear to your SUV. Knowing how to maintain the vehicle to avoid serious damage and lowering the life span of the vehicle will make you a happier vehicle owner as well as providing you with a safe way to get from one direction to the final destination.


One of the most important maintenance tips is to regularly have the brakes checked by a mechanic. Brakes are important in every vehicle, ensuring that you are able stop and slow down when you need to. Without brakes, your life is at stake and you could find yourself in a difficult and unsafe situation. Brakes have many parts to it, so it’s something that a mechanic needs to look at to make sure all parts are fully functional. Routine brake check-ups include the entirety of the brakes, making sure that all aspects are fully functioning and aren’t experiencing any damage or abnormal wear and tear.


SUV tires
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SUV battery

The battery of the SUV should be strong and less than four years old. This is something that can easily be fixed if you do find that your SUV requires a new battery. An old battery will cause the vehicle to stall more frequently and will be hard to turn over. A good, strong and new battery can provide the vehicle with plenty of strength and ability to perform powerfully. You don’t want to become stranded on the side of the road because of an easy fix such as needing a new battery.

SUV oil and oil filters

Oil and oil filters should be changed every 3,000 miles or every 3 months as well. This is a simple upkeep that can easily be done at home or by a mechanic. Having dirty oil and a dirty filter can result in destroying your entire engine, which would require buying a new engine or a new vehicle. SUV’s require clean oil especially so that they can run as efficiently as possible, as dirty oil can reduce gas mileage.


All-season tires are the best option for optimal performance for an SUV. SUV’s are handling a lot of rocks, glass, dirt, and other things that can easily puncture through a tire or cause a tire to go flat. With all-season tires, your tires are perfect for any time of the year, providing traction in snow and ice conditions and traction for rainy days. Some companies make better quality tires than other companies, by looking into what options your vehicle has available you can find the best quality all-season tires for your SUV.

Regular upkeep and mechanic checks will keep your vehicle running safe and well maintained. You can also be sure that with regular maintenance your SUV will have optimal gas mileage, performance and safety. By using these tips, your SUV will have a longer life span as well as running as optimal as possible.