Your vehicle is one of the most expensive investments you’re likely to own in your lifetime, and as such, it deserves to be properly cared for. The better you take care of your car, the longer it will last, and the more you’ll get for your money. So, to make sure you’re prepared to help your car last longer, we’ve listed our top 10 maintenance tips you absolutely must follow below!
- Change Your Oil / Replenish Your Fluids
Since most people don’t keep track of how often/far they drive, the best thing to do is make sure you check your oil and fluid levels every month. If you see your power steering, wiper, brake, or transmission fluids running low, you can top them off at any time. Your oil, on the other hand, will usually only need to be changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles or so depending on your vehicle.
- Mind Your Tires
Tire problems lead to more than 11,000 tow-away accidents every year, which is why it is crucial you check your air pressure and alignment regularly, and rotate your tires every 6,000 – 8,000 miles.
- Check Your Lights
Your vehicle lights are vital for proper vision during inclement weather and at night; so make sure you regularly test your headlights, brake lights, tail lights, and turn signals to ensure they’re all in working order. Who knows, it might even help save you from getting pulled over!
- Replace Your Windshield Wipers
Though it may seem insignificant to routinely replace your windshield wipers, especially if you hardly use them, you might think otherwise in a downpour when your old wipers cant keep your windshield clear. Never wait until it’s too late and you’re blind on the road to replace such a cheap, simple component – it could very well save your life!
- Keep An Eye On Your Battery
Another component most car owners neglect is the battery. In fact, most people don’t even know they have a problem with their battery until they’re stranded in a parking lot somewhere asking strangers for a jump. So please, be smart, and test your battery strength regularly guarantee its performance and prevent you from getting stuck.
- Listen To Your Car
Online, there are countless forums dedicated to the different weird noises cars make, and as silly as that may seem, it’s actually a pretty effective problem-detection method. If you ever hear an unusual noise coming from your vehicle, chances are there is something out of the ordinary happening and you should seek out professional guidance to make sure it’s not something serious.
- Keep An Eye On Your Brakes
Your rotors, brake pads, and brake fluid should all be carefully monitored to ensure optimal stopping power while out on the road. In most cases, worn brake pads and brake fluid leaks are the most common reasons for brake failure, so be sure to keep a special eye on both.
- Check Your Air Filter
In order for your car to run properly, your engine needs a clean source of fresh air at all times, which means a clogged/dirty air filter can lead to major performance issues. So, be sure to get your filters changed every 12,000 miles or so, or roughly every year, whichever comes first.
- Carry The Basics At All Times
You never know when something is going to go wrong so the best you can do is be prepared for anything at all times, and that means having certain tools at the ready. Some basics you should consider carrying are: jumper cables, a tire iron, a car jack, a flashlight, screw drivers, wire cutters, heat-resistant/waterproof/silicone and electrical tape, thick gloves, tongue and grove pliers, a knife, and possibly even a specialized tool kit. If you can, you may even want to consider carrying a spare tire, and replacement fluids as well.
- Drive Carefully
One of the best things of all you can do for your vehicle is drive carefully every day. Take it easy on your brakes to ensure they last as long as possible, and be careful not to make turns too sharp, lest you jeopardize your steering/alignment. Overall, be good to your car out on the road, and your car will be good to you! Apply Now to get your pre-approval so you can start car shopping our available inventory right away!