Probably the most important lesson drivers can learn about caring for their vehicles is that regular preventive maintenance will keep their cars running smoothly and in top shape and keep owners from facing exorbitant repair bills.
We make sure our bodies stay healthy by getting annual physical checkups and regular dental and vision care. Well, our cars need regular checkups to stay healthy, too. Here are three of the most important and vital maintenance tips car owners need to know:
Review your owner’s manual for maintenance schedules. There are multiple car manufacturers and models of vehicles on the road, all with unique qualities. The best way to know what your car needs is to read the manual and learn when you should schedule oil changes and major tune-ups. Manuals also have other useful tidbits, like how to replace head and tail-lights, how to check your oil level, how to check other fluid levels and the type of oil recommended for your specific model.
Regularly check oil for sufficient levels and cleanliness and get regular oil changes. At Desert Car Care McQueen, an oil change is more than a quick in-and-out affair. We take the time to do a thorough visual inspection while completing the oil change. If we see anything amiss, we can bring it to your attention and determine if we need to do a more details inspection. Our trained technicians know to look for fluid leakage, cracked or frayed belts, worn hoses and other minor safety items such as deteriorated wiper blades, burned out lights, and unsafe tires.
Check the pressure and tread of your tires frequently. Under or over-inflated cars can be dangerous to drivers because under-inflated tires are more prone to blow-outs. Over-inflated tires have less surface connection with roadways and cause tires to lose traction, particularly on wet roads. Invest in an inexpensive tire gauge, and note the recommended pressure for your tires (usually found on the inside of the vehicle’s car doors) It is also important to look at the tread on your tires. Using the “penny” trick, insert a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down. The depth of the rubber should cover the top of his head. If not and you can see Lincoln’s, then the tires are getting critically worn. If there are patches where the tread is lower than others on different places on the tire, then you might have an alignment issue causing the tires to wear unevenly. Our experts can help you determine the next step.
Desert Car Care McQueen recommends reading your owner’s manual, bringing your vehicle in for regular oil changes (between 3,000 and 5,000 miles, depending on your manufacturer’s recommendations) and keeping a close eye on tire pressure and tread wear. These things can help keep your car in top shape.
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