Just as our bodies need nourishment, exercise and the occasional doctor’s visit, so do our vehicles. Here are four basic vehicle maintenance tips to keep your car in shape.
1. CHANGE THE OIL AND CHECK THE FLUIDS.
As a general rule, check your oil each month and change it as directed by your owner’s manual (usually every 5,000 miles). If you don’t drive that frequently, you can likely go a bit longer. Oil isn’t the only fluid your car needs. Around the time you change our oil, remember to check your power steering, automatic transmission, wiper, and brake fluids.
2. CHECK YOUR AIR FILTER. Pull out the filter and hold it up to a strong light. If you can’t see the light through it, it’s time to replace it. A clean air filter can improve you cars performance.
3. TEST THE LIGHTS. Flip on your headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals while your car is parked and make sure each one is working. Aside from being a safety hazard, a broken bulb might get you a fix-it ticket. If a bulb is out, take your car to an expert who can determine it is the bulb or the fuse that needs replacing.
4. KEEP YOUR TIRES IN SHAPE.
It’s easy to take those tires for granted. According to safercar.gov, more than 11,000 tow-away crashes annually are caused, in part, by tire issues. Be sure to check your tire’s air pressure. Underinflated are three times more likely to cause a serious accent than their properly pumped counterparts. Use a pressure gauge to test them at least once a month and make sure the pressure matches the recommended PSI. You can usually find this on the tire’s sidewall. Rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles for longer tread life. Lastly, when rotating your tires check the alignment as poor alignment can lead to uneven tread wear.
5. REGULAR CHECK-UPS. Many other car-care tasks – inspecting the exhaust, flushing the cooling system, and replacing valves, hoses, and brakes – can be done less frequently by experts in a repair shop. Scheduling regular tune-ups will help ensure that your car gets the total maintenance it needs.
At KW Auto Body our main concern is getting you and your car back on the road and keeping you there! We hope these five tips can help you maintain your vehicle’s needs.