Regularly servicing your vJaguar will keep it running like new and help you to avoid expensive repairs. While oil changes should be done every few months other maintenance should be done on the factory schedule. The folks at Warren Henry Jaguar of Miami suggest that consult your local Jaguar dealer for appropriate service intervals.
Regular Oil Changes – to prevent serious damage to your engine you need to regularly change your oil and oil filter. While your engine is running tiny pieces of metal will end up in your oil which causes the oil to deteriorate and puts a strain on your engine. Regularly changing your oil also helps to keep your engine properly lubricated so important pieces don’t grind up against each other and cause serious damage.
Air Filters – Over time air filters become clogged with particles. When this happens your engine can no longer breathe which negatively affects the performance of your engine. While it is recommended to replace your air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles if you park or drive in a dusty environment you should do it sooner rather then later. You can always have your air filter checked when you get an oil change.
Fuel Filter – A clogged fuel filter can be detrimental to your engine. If your fuel filter is filled with debris your engine will either run rough or not at all. To find out the quality of your fuel filter and if you need to replace it your mechanic can perform a pressure test.
Battery – Over time your battery will wear out due to age, extreme temperatures, long periods of not being used, and from overuse. While most batteries need to be replaced every four or five years so roughly 50,000 to 60,000 miles depending on use could be sooner.
Brake Fluids – Your brakes work with a hydraulic system that uses fluids to work. When the fluid in the system becomes compromised the boiling point is lowered and can turn to gas. If this happens your brakes won’t work as effectively. To keep your brakes working like they should bleed your brake system of its fluids and replace it with new brake fluids. This is recommended every 20,000 to 45,000 miles.
Brake Pads/Shoes – To make sure your brakes continue to perform like new regularly check your brake pads and shoes. They are designed to wear out and will start to screech to when you apply the brakes. A good set of brake pads and shoes should last up to 50,000 miles
Brake Rotors – Brake rotors are metal discs that are squeezed against brake pads to slow your vehicle down. Due to the immense amount of heat caused by the friction between the rotors and pads the brake rotors can warp over time. At approximately 60,000 miles you should either have them replaced or re-surfaced. Smoothing out the rotors by grinding the surface down can only be done once per set.
Coolant:- At about 60,000 miles make sure you replace your coolant so the engine doesn’t overheat and cause serious damage.
Transmission Fluid- If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission or you put serious strain on your vehicle make sure you change your transmission fluid between 30,000 and 60,00 miles. If you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission make sure you replace your transmission fluid between 30,000 and 100,000 miles.
Hoses: – Over time your hoses carrying coolant and power steering fluid can crack which can cause problems right away. So make sure you have them checked and changed regularly but especially around 90,000 miles
Spark Plugs – Spark plugs are apart of your ignition system and when they fail you can expect to see a check engine light, experience a hard time starting, or having the vehicle run rough. High end spark plugs can last up to 90,000 miles while cheaper ones tap out around 30,000 miles so make sure you have them checked when you bring your vehicle in.
Timing Belt – Vehicles using a timing belt should have them replaced between 75,000 and 90,000 miles. If your vehicle uses a timing chain we still recommend having your mechanic check it around 90,000 miles.