Keeping your Cadillac in shape is the best preventative measure for your car. Make sure your Cadillac is getting the tune-ups it needs and deserves.
You probably chose your Cadillac because you expected an extraordinary car, with an exceptional performance level. The Cadillac is known for its advanced technology, world-class craftsmanship, and impressive engineering.
Buying your Cadillac was a significant investment, and it should be protected, the same as any other investments. That’s why getting a tune-up at the right time is crucial to maintaining optimal performance.
Regular servicing and tune-ups will help ensure that your Cadillac remains in excellent condition and can be enjoyed for a long time. But how often do you need to get a tune-up? And what are vital signs that indicate your car needs a little TLC?
Let’s take a look.
Getting a Tune-Up… Is it Really Necessary?
Some people may think that getting regular tune-ups is a money-making ploy from those that offer the service.
Of course, if you’re told your car needs a weekly tune-up, then you’re probably right. But on the whole, a regular tune-up is essential to maintain optimal performance.
Your engine, tires, and oil all go through wear and tear throughout your ownership of the car. It’s essential to bear in mind the conditions you drive your vehicle in.
For example, do you drive it through dusty/dirt roads, freezing conditions or uneven, hilly terrain?
If so, your car will undergo more stress and wear than if you just took the car down the road to the local shop. This will impact how regularly you need to tune-up your vehicle and make it even more necessary to keep on top of your servicing.
When Do I Get a Tune-Up?
The best answer to this question is to consult your car manual and maintenance guidelines. Cadillac has maintenance guidelines for owners so they know when to have their vehicles inspected, serviced, and when they need to have specific components replaced on the vehicle.
These components include wipers, fluids and tires. Regularly checking your oil levels are important too, especially if you are planning a long journey.
Cadillacs are known for their superior technology. This technology can help you monitor when specific components need checking, replenishing, or servicing. Newer models of Cadillacs are equipped with intelligence systems such as the Oil-Life Monitor (OLM).
OLM does what it says on the tin, it monitors your oil life. This system uses an algorithm, software, and sensors to inform you via an onboard computer system when it’s time for an oil change.
The software keeps track of your driving time, engine revs, cold starts, idling house, and drive temperatures. It takes this information and calculates the oil’s condition and lifespan. Some systems will tell you the amount of oil remaining with via a percentage.
Word of warning: If a red oil-pressure warning comes on when you start your engine, you’re not just running low, you need service immediately.
This warning light means that your oil has run out or you have a severe engine problem. You should not attempt to drive.
However, it’s also essential to bear in mind, this system may not indicate the need for service if the car is driven in good condition, with little wear and tear. Having an annual tune-up is a good idea, regardless of whether you scale hills in your new Cadillac or not.
Monitor Your Mileage
Another way to decide when to service your car is to monitor your mileage. Again, check your Cadillac’s maintenance schedule for dealer recommendations. The standard mileage gauge is 30,000 miles.
Here are other service recommendations:
- Every 7,500 miles: tires should be rotated, brake pads inspected, and engine air filtered. Change the oil and oil filter if the Cadillac Life Monitoring System indicates it’s necessary.
- Every 22,500 miles: Same recommendations as above. Also, passenger in-cabin air filter should be replaced.
- 30,000-37,500 miles: Tire rotation and oil change.
- Every 45,000 miles: Oil change and oil filter change again. Tire rotation. Replacement of in-cabin air filter and check or inspection of the evaporative control system.
These are just some basic milestones to keep in mind. That said, if your vehicle experiences any of the following, it is essential to get your car serviced to identify and fix the problem:
- Car isn’t running smoothly
- Trouble starting
- Periodically stalls for no apparent reasons
- Unusual sounds or noises
- The gas mileage has gone down
- The check engine light came on
You get the idea.
Regular Oil Changes
As you can see from above, oil changes are imperative and necessary. If you’re planning a long journey, it’s best to check your oil levels regardless of whether it’s “due” or not.
Weather and road conditions are important to consider. If you drive on salted, dusty, or dirty roads, you need to remember that the oil filter has a limited scrubbing capacity. And that longer-range oils can become contaminated.
This contamination happens due to the volume of combustion gases blowing past the worn piston rings of older vehicles.
In this case, the oil is no longer protecting the sliding surfaces within the engine as it should. When this happens, the engine wear accelerates.
Finally, it’s recommended that oil shouldn’t be left in the crankcase for more than a year, regardless of mileage. In other words, keep on top of your oil quality and levels.
Don’t Neglect Your Cadillac
To get the best out of your Cadillac, it’s essential to perform regular, scheduled maintenance. If you want to avoid inconvenient, untimely, and possibly costly repairs, getting a tune-up before problems arise is key.
Ultimately, the best idea is to follow your car’s manual and guidelines. Ideally, you should also get your vehicle checked out for any potential problems if you’re planning a long road trip.
Keep an eye on your oil levels, check that the engine runs well, be sure that your wiper fluid is full and keep your tires fully inflated. If you think that the car is nearing its time for a tune-up, it’s best to err on the side of caution and schedule one to prevent any potential issues.
For more information, or to schedule a tune-up on your Cadillac, contact Huber Cadillac in Omaha, NE at (402) 238-1729 today!