Staying on top of your vehicle’s maintenance helps keep it operating at peak performance, which prolongs its life. Caring for your car to keep it in good condition takes effort, but you don’t have to be an auto expert or mechanic to maintain it well. Knowing the basics about your car needs and regularly visiting the car repair shop for maintenance is all you need to keep your vehicle in good shape. According to AAA, you should set aside about $50 monthly to prepare for routine maintenance. Here is a simple checklist that you can keep.
1. Check Engine Oil
One of the most common parts of car maintenance is the engine oil change. Your car repair shop will provide a sticker with the recommended date for your next oil change based on your driving habits. If you drive many miles every day, you’re likely to have your oil change dates much sooner than a driver who drives once or twice a week. In between, you can check the oil level using a dipstick. If the oil has a dark or muddy texture, it’s time for a change.
2. Check All Vehicle Fluids
You should check various fluids in your vehicle to ensure they’re enough, such as engine coolant, transmission fluid, steering fluid, and antifreeze. While they come with gauges or dipsticks to help you check the levels, your manual may not specify how to check or refill them. However, your car repair shop may provide a date for the next change based on their evaluation. The shop will also be able to change anything you need.
3. Inspect, Rotate, and Measure Your Tires
Your next maintenance appointment will always include a tire pressure check because it’s one of the most important checks for your vehicle. Most appointments also include tire rotation to keep them aligned. Your mechanic will also check other things like the tread and determine when you’re likely to need new tires.
4. Change or Clean Filters
Engine and cabin air filters trap dirt, debris, and other contaminants from getting into the engine and cabin. Clogged filters force the engine to work twice as hard to push air through, which affects fuel efficiency and overall performance. Your mechanic can check the filters to see if they’re clogged and change them during your maintenance appointment.
Keeping your vehicle in great shape has many valuable benefits. Don’t wait until significant damage to get help. Contact S/S Automotive today for more information about vehicle maintenance.