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Your Cadillac is a high-end symbol of class, style, and sophistication. If you recently purchased a new Cadillac, you probably want to maintain it well so your investment lasts for years. Your vehicle deserves exceptional care and maintenance to run smoothly. Treat your Cadillac well, and it will serve you well on the road. Here are our top eight maintenance tips to keep your Cadillac in excellent shape.

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1. Check and Change Your Vehicle's Fluids Regularly

Your Cadillac needs regular maintenance to prevent engine-related issues. To keep your Cadillac running well, change and refill your automobile's fluids at regular intervals.

Keeping fluids at their proper levels will help your car perform better on the road. Even if you're a beginner, you can still pop your vehicle's hood to check its fluid levels. Here are some engine fluids you can check.

Engine Oil

Most automobiles have a dipstick that allows you to check your engine oil. Make sure your car has been shut off for ten minutes before checking your oil so it can cool and settle down at the bottom. Change your oil based on your Cadillac's maintenance schedule.

Transmission Fluid

This fluid prevents your transmission from overheating. It lubricates gears and clutches so they shift smoothly. Many engines already have a lifetime amount of transmission fluid that you shouldn't need to replace, but transmission fluid can go bad. If this happens, your car may make strange noises and have uncontrollable surges. Verify the fluid levels on your Cadillac's dipstick and add more if needed. Some transmissions require a professional mechanic. You should have your transmission fluid checked every 45,000 miles.

Coolant

Your engine produces a tremendous amount of heat, combustion, and friction as it works. Coolant, also known as antifreeze, works by absorbing engine heat and dissipating it through the radiator. Never check your coolant while your engine is hot. The process to check your coolant varies, but you'll need to use one approved for your Cadillac model. When you add fluid, give your radiator a few minutes to burp out any air bubbles before replacing the cap. Check this fluid twice a year. Then, replace it every two to three years.

Brake Fluid

Your brake fluid can become contaminated by water over time which can cause the brake lines to rust. Check the fluid reservoir in the engine bay and look at its level. Make sure the levels fall between the minimum and maximum indicators. Add more brake fluid if it's low, and check its color. It should be clear and translucent, not dark or gray.

Power Steering Fluid

Many Cadillac models have outstanding power steering systems to help maneuver their vehicles. These fantastic hydraulic systems use pressurized fluid to help the wheel turn smoothly. You should check your power steering fluid to make sure it's at the proper levels.  Open your hood, then look for a dipstick or reservoir in the engine bay. You'll remove the dipstick to check its markings. If the level is low, add more fluid, but only use one specifically made for your Cadillac model. Additionally, check for any leaks. If there is one, it will make your vehicle difficult to steer.

Windshield Washer Fluid

Always keep your wiper fluids filled at the proper levels. Although this doesn't affect your engine's performance, it does ensure that your windshield remains clean and easy to see through.

2. Have a Mechanic Inspect Your Cadillac's Belts and Hoses

Cadillac owners should regularly check their vehicle's hoses to ensure they work properly. Whenever you bring your Cadillac in for maintenance, you should have these parts checked for defects. Ask a mechanic to examine your brake fluid hoses, radiator hoses, and coolant hoses for any wear, tears, and cracks. This simple preventative care can help you avoid costly repairs if these parts break down, leak fluid, or stop working altogether.

Additionally, have a professional check your Serpentine multi-accessory drive belt, which powers the alternator, the steering pump, the air conditioning compressor, and other parts. You'll need to check your belts every 150,000 miles.

3. Check Your Battery

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Your automotive battery supplies an electrical current that helps run your Cadillac. It charges the starter, which turns on the engine. Every few months, conduct a visual check of your battery to see if there is any corrosion, frayed cables, or cracks in the casing.

Use an old toothbrush to clean the terminals, and brush away any powder and deposits off of the battery. You'll need to bring your Cadillac in for professional care if the cables or battery have severe damage. A Sunset Cadillac at Bradenton mechanic can replace the battery based upon a maintenance schedule. Visit this page to learn about our services.

4. Take Your Cadillac in for Tire Alignments

Bring your Cadillac to a mechanic regularly to align your tires as part of your Cadillac maintenance schedule to prevent wear and tear due to misalignment. You'll need to have them adjust your automobile's tire alignment if it pulls left or right while you're driving. Unusual tire wear is another sign you need to realign your tires. You should have your tires rotated every 7,500 miles.

5. Regularly Inspect for Your Brakes for Wear or Damage

All Cadillac models have brakes on all four wheels that operate using a hydraulic system. GM's engineers designed this powerful braking system to stop your car on the road. Unfortunately, it only works well if you maintain your vehicle's brake system. If you don't have it checked regularly, it may stop working. Some signs of brake wear include loud grinding, chirping, squeaking, and problems stopping.

6. Make Sure Your Lights Work Properly

Every driver needs working headlights to ensure their safety, especially when riding on the road at night or traveling through storms. If your Cadillac's lights don't work well, you'll have limited visibility, which could put you and your family in danger. A mechanic can check to see whether your fog, tail, brake, reverse, and dashboard warning lights work well. They'll also see if your indicators and blinkers operate.

7. Check Your Windshield Wipers

Your windshield wipers clear away precipitation to help you have a clear view while driving. Most car owners should replace them every six to twelve months. There are several signs you need to switch out your windshield wipers. Your windshield wiper should streak water and squeak. Additionally, your wipers may have worn rubber or splits.

Examine your windshield wipers for any cracks, scratches, and other issues. You can have them fixed or replaced by a mechanic.

8. Regularly Condition and Clean Your Upholstery

Another maintenance you'll need to perform is maintaining your car's interior upholstery. Vacuum your car's floors and seats regularly. Also, clean the leather exterior by vacuuming up dirt using a special attachment, so you don't damage the surface or scratch the leather. You can use an air compressor to eliminate dust and debris between your seats.

Next, check for any abrasions or tears in your leather. Avoid these areas when you condition your seats. Take a microfiber towel and a cleaner, specifically made for leather. Remove the top layers of grime from the leather. You can use a brush with soft bristles to remove stubborn stains, taking care not to damage its surface. Wipe the seats clean using another cloth.

Finally, use a pH-neutral, water-based conditioner to treat leather. Always perform a spot test. Apply the rest with a sponge or cloth, according to the manufacturer's directions. Let it sit a few minutes before buffing.

You can always hire a full-service car wash facility to clean and condition your interior.

Conclusion

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