Save Time and Money with Preventative Auto Maintenance
Rising gas prices and continued tough economic times are leading our customers to find ways to save money and make the most of out of their current vehicles. One of the best ways to save on auto repair and tire replacement is by taking the time to do regular preventative maintenance.
Regular vehicle maintenance is the key to ensuring that your vehicle runs safely and reliably for as long as you own it. You’ve probably heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This is very true when it comes to preventative maintenance. Major car repairs can often be avoided if the symptoms of the problems are identified early on. Waiting until your vehicle has broken down not only leads to expensive repairs, but lost time as well.
What Types of Preventative Maintenance Does My Car Need?
Here are some helpful lists of preventative maintenance items you’ll want to have checked monthly, every three months and every six months.
Monthly Preventative Maintenance Checks:
- Check tire pressure. Keep your tires at the recommended pressure.
- Check tires for uneven wear. Keep your tires properly inflated.
- Check hoses for bulging. Replace rotten or brittle hoses.
- Check for worn or frayed belts. Replace worn or frayed belts.
- Check engine coolant levels. Refill coolant if it is low.
- Check windshield wiper fluid levels. Refill if low.
Preventative Maintenance for Every Three Months:
- Check your car’s oil. An oil change is recommended every three months/3000 miles.
- Check transmission, brake and power steering fluid levels in your car.
- Check battery terminals and cables for wear or build up. Clean if needed.
- Check your car’s air filter.
Preventative Maintenance for Every Six Months:
- Check your tires for uneven wear. It may be time for a tire rotation.
- Have your brakes checked. A brake check can be done with a tire rotation.
- Check windshield wiper blades that are worn or leaving streaks. Replace as needed.
- Check your vehicle’s spare tire. Make sure it is properly inflated.
- Check your car’s exhaust system for loose parts or signs of rust.
We can help you set up a preventative maintenance plan. Contact us for any questions that you might have about preventative maintenance or bring your car in. Our technicians will be happy to answer any questions that you might have and provide service options if necessary. Keep your car on the road longer with preventative maintenance.
|Save Time and Money with Preventative Auto Maintenance was written by Dan Jennings of Dans American Tire|