If you want to save money on auto repairs and extend the lifespan of your vehicle, the best thing you can do is keep a watchful eye over it all year. In fact, most routine vehicle maintenance can be taken care of at home, no mechanic required. Below are some of the most important things you need to know – things you can do at home, right now!
Get To Know Your Owner’s Manual
If you ever have any problems or need to replace a part, your manual will be able to tell you exactly what you need. Plus, you can reference the Maintenance Schedule section to take notes on precisely when your car needs an oil change, tire rotation, or whatever else you need. And don’t worry – if you ever lose or misplace your copy, you can easily find an electronic version online, or reach out to your dealer for an extra.
Change Your Oil & Filters Regularly
In order for your car to run properly, you need to make sure you change your oil regularly, changing your filter every time you change your oil. Precisely how often you’ll need to do this all depends on how much you drive, what conditions you drive in, among other factors. For most people, it’s every 3,000-5,000 miles, but if you’re concerned you can always check your owner’s manual.
Inspect Your Tires Monthly
You would likely be surprised to learn just how many accidents are caused by tire issues, so checking your tire pressure at least every month is a bigger deal than you think. Don’t know what your tire pressure should be? No problem! Just open your driver’s side door and take a look at the small panel of information hidden in the door jamb – it will be the number right next to “PSI.”
Inspect All Your Belts/Hoses
While you’re at it, go ahead and pop the hood to take a look at all your belts and hoses to ensure there are no tears, glazing, cracks, bulges, or holes likely to snap your belts or result in fluid leaks. Basically, if it looks worn or like it won’t last much longer, consider replacement.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
You may not need to do this very often, but it’s important nonetheless. If your windshield wiper blades are run down and unable to function properly, your vision out on the road can suffer significantly.
Keep An Eye On Your Battery
Well taken care of car batteries can last a long time, but that means actually looking at it and making sure it’s clean and in good shape every once in a while – mostly meaning free from corrosion. If you start to notice a build-up, all you have to do is get a wire brush with a little baking soda and water and scrub it off. Typically, car batteries last 5 years, then it’s time to replace them to avoid getting stranded or your car not starting when it’s super cold.
Keep Your Air Filters Clean
You should always check your air filter when you change your oil, though it’ll likely only need to be replaced once a year. Not replacing it when it needs to be replaced can make a huge difference so don’t forget!
So long as you remember these simple routine vehicle maintenance tasks, your car is sure to remain in optimal condition for as long as possible! Apply Now to get your pre-approval so you can start car shopping our available inventory right away!