Many people choose to purchase a four wheel drive vehicle secondhand or reconditioned, as their budget will not stretch to a new vehicle from a dealer. If you bought such a vehicle privately, the person that sold you the vehicle may appear to be honest, but there is no real way for you to, for example, know if cheap oil has been used instead of quality oil. The best way to ensure that you get the proper performance out of the vehicle is to carry out a few checks and changes yourself. This article looks at how to service your newly bought reconditioned four wheel drive vehicle.
Start With The Oil And Air Filter
Don’t take any risks with the oil already in the vehicle. Put the money you saved by buying a reconditioned vehicle to good use and purchase a quality oil. While you are at the store, pick up a fuel filter and an air filter. Then, drain the oil and replace the air and fuel filters; these are fairly straightforward DIY jobs. Having quality oil and new filters will almost certainly improve the economy and performance of the vehicle. If you are less experienced at this kind of work, refer to the manual, as it will have detailed diagrams showing where these parts are.
Check And Change The Serpentine Belt
It should be sufficient to inspect the timing belt so that it is in a good condition; ideally, you should have checked this before purchasing the vehicle. It takes a bit of skill and experience to change this belt. However, serpentine or fan belts can be changed quite easily. Check to see if it is worn or damaged. If you notice a glazed appearance or the belt has a sheen to it, consider replacing it, as it is likely to become damaged in the near future.
You should inspect the battery to make sure that it is topped up to the right level. If needed, you can top it up a little with distilled water. Use a wire brush to remove any corrosion you see on the terminals and shake them a little to make sure they are secure. If the four wheel drive uses petrol, you can replace the ignition leads and spark plugs easily. This can correct any issues of rough running and give some more power to the vehicle – it will also improve the fuel economy.
You should also change the gearbox fluid to ensure that the gears operate smoothly and efficiently. If you need help with any of this, contact a service like All Care Car Services.