When it comes to metal vehicle components, lubrication is vital. Many parts that are a part of metal-to-metal contact need to be lubed in order to move and work properly. Today's vehicles actually come with a number of parts which are considered to be "lubed for life", which include components such as ball joints, tire rod ends, and U-joints. This just means that not all vehicles need these certain parts to be lubed often, however, chassis lubrication can still be needed or recommended.
Your vehicle's frame is referred to as the chassis. This chassis is what supports the weights of your vehicle and acts as a housing for your car's systems. With older vehicles, it was highly recommended to lubricate the grease fittings of the chassis periodically to prevent part damage and corrosion. However, today's vehicles don't necessarily require lube services, either due to the way that the parts are sealed or due to the "lubed for life" parts.
So, if you're wondering if your vehicle needs a lube job, the answer depends upon the make, model, and age of your vehicle. If you drive an older vehicle, lubrication may be recommended when you come in for regular service. However, getting lube done as a stand-alone service isn't seen much today. Typically, lube may be done during your vehicle's regular oil change and is it done more-so on older vehicles than newer vehicles.
If you notice that your car squeaks or creaks when driving over bumps, it may be time for chassis lubrication. Just mention it during your next oil change service, and our mechanics can inspect your chassis components to determine if any parts need lube.
As always, if you need any vehicle services or maintenance performed, we invite you into Oswald Service here in Rexburg and Idaho Falls, ID. Give us a call or stop by our shop today!