April is National Car Care Month. It is the time of year to give your car some extra attention. Basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the road. If you do notice an issue with your vehicle when you are driving, make sure to contact us. Leaving the issue and ignoring it will end up costing you more in the long run. Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs . National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs.
Check the Oil and Fluids
Check the oil, filters and fluids. Oil should be checked at every fill-up and changed by the recommended intervals. Brake, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluids should also be checked regularly. Your car’s filters need regular inspection and replacement as well.
Inspect hoses at each oil change and have them replaced when they are leaking. Also check to see if they are brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen, or restricted. Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition. Have them replaced when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear.
Inspect the Battery
Check that the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free. The battery should be securely mounted. If it is three years old or more, the battery should be tested and replaced if necessary. Not knowing how old the battery is could mean you are in need of a new one. If the vehicle is having issues starting, schedule an appointment. You may also notice a new battery is needed if the lights start to dim.
Tires are Important
Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, at least once a month. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. Have your car’s alignment checked at least annually to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling.
Check the Lights
Test exterior and interior lights and have bulbs that are not working checked immediately. Replace windshield wiper blades every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety. By inspecting your vehicle now, you will save issues in the future.