Auto Care 101
While you can always take your vehicle in to a mechanic to have it maintained, there are also steps that vehicle owners can take to extend the lifetime of their vehicles. The mechanic can help with general things, such as oil changes and tune ups, but everyday maintenance and keeping the vehicle in good condition is up to the owner. Simple steps, such as these, can help keep a vehicle running smoothly for many years:
Check your tire pressure often
Drivers should make it a habit to check their vehicles’ tire pressures at least once a month. It’s a simple step that takes no more than five minutes and can help you avoid needing to have your vehicle’s tires replaced prematurely. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in your vehicle’s manual. If your vehicle’s tire pressure is below the recommended psi, you can drive to any gas station and fill your tires with air. It’s important to note that during the winter months, tire pressure tends to decrease due to cold weather.
Rotate your tires every 5,000-10,000 miles
Having your vehicle’s tires rotated as needed can extend the lifetime and improve the drivability of your vehicle. Tires aren’t cheap, so you want to avoid needing to have them replaced unnecessarily. Some easy ways to do so include making sure that their tire pressures are optimal (as we mentioned), and having them rotated every 5,000-10,000 miles.
Change the oil every 3,000-5,000 miles
As we mentioned earlier, having your vehicle’s oil changed is another easy, yet important way to increase your vehicle’s lifetime. Generally speaking, you should make sure to have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles. Bringing your vehicle in to a mechanic to have the oil changed is easy, and can help you avoid complications and more expensive repairs in the long run.
Change the air filter every 10,000-15,000 miles
Having an air filter that’s being used long after it should be replaced could spell trouble, so you should make sure to have it replaced every 10,000-15,000 miles. It’s an easy switch that can make all the difference for your vehicle, as well as the driver and passengers of the vehicle.
Check the breaks
The difference between brakes that work and brakes that need replacement can mean the difference between safe driving and an accident. Don’t risk your life or your vehicle by not having your vehicle’s breaks replaced when they need to be. As soon as you feel the breaks squeaking or not working as they should, take your vehicle to your trusted mechanic and have the issue resolved. As we mentioned, these are simple fixes that could save your life.
Make sure headlights work
This is easy and should be resolved for your sake. If you notice your headlights or taillights not working, go to a mechanic. It could save you from an accident or even a ticket from a police officer.
Save your receipts
Saving the receipts after an oil change or repair can help you remember when to bring your vehicle in for more routine maintenance. Additionally, they can serve to be useful if you need to make insurance claims later on. As you can see, keeping your vehicle well maintained is extremely easy and extremely important. If you ever need quality vehicle maintenance services, bring your car in to Aloha Auto Repair & Wash!