Properly maintaining your vehicle throughout the years could be the difference between racking up 250,000+ miles or calling the tow truck while you’re stuck on the side of the road. You invest in your future when purchasing a car, so taking proper care of it in some senses means taking care of yourself. To help you protect your investment through all the wear and tear, consider these general vehicle maintenance tips.
Wheels and Tires: If you want your tires to last as long as possible, the general rule is to have them rotated about every 5,000 miles (or at the interval suggested by your owner’s manual). In addition, make sure to regularly check your tire pressure and clean off the brake dust on your wheels. Last, but not least, check your tread depth. Bald tires lead to dangerous driving situations.
Engine: The heart of your car requires regular, much-needed attention. Checking your oil level is something you should do periodically to make sure you steer clear of engine problems. To properly check it, park your car on level ground and wait for the engine to cool off. Then, locate the dipstick, remove it, and wipe it clean with a paper towel or other disposable cloth before returning it to its tube. After a few seconds, pull it out again and note where the oil level is. Marks are notched into the dipstick to give you a good reading. The level should be somewhere between the two notches. If it’s below the lower notch, add a little oil.
Checking your coolant level is just as important, as your engine will not run without it. Locate where the coolant reservoir is in your owner’s manual and check the level of it when the engine is cool. There are ‘high’ and ‘low’ markings on the reserve for you to reference. Like with the oil, if it’s low, simply add a little coolant.
Fuel: If you notice that you are not getting the kind of fuel efficiency you would expect, there could be a few problems. The most common issue is tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires could be the cause of lower fuel economy. Also, make sure you’re using the right type of fuel. Some cars require higher octane or premium fuel to get better gas mileage and performance.
These are just some of the steps that you can take to ensure the long, happy relationship between you and your vehicle. If you need help keeping up with your maintenance needs, or if you’re on the market for a fresh start, make your next stop Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.