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Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance describes the act of inspecting or testing the condition of car subsystems (e.g., engine) and servicing or replacing parts and fluids before a breakdown occurs. Regular maintenance is critical to ensure the safety, reliability, drivability, comfort and longevity of a car. During Preventative maintenance, a number of parts are replaced to avoid major damage or for safety reasons, e.g. timing belt replacement. The actual schedule of car maintenance varies depending on the year, make, and model of a car, its driving conditions and driver behavior.

Some examples of preventative maintenance include check/replace the engine oil and replace oil filters, check/replace fuel filters, inspect tires for pressure and wear, inspect or replace brake pads and read fault codes from the Engine control unit.

SMS European recommends scheduled intervals, which are often in between the ideal or extreme service schedule. We base it on the car age, driving conditions and behavior of the car owner or driver.

Some tasks that have equivalent service intervals are combined into one single service known as a tune-up. In modern cars, where electronics control most of the car's functions, the traditional tune-up doesn't apply anymore. Maintenance jobs like a tune-up used to mean getting the engine's performance back on track. Today embedded software takes care of it by constantly checking thousands of sensor signals, compensating for worn-out spark plugs, clogged filters, etc. The so-called limp-home function allows driving on limited power when the engine is in trouble. In the old days this might have meant a breakdown.