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Keeping the Vehicle Well Maintained is Important

by | Sep 15, 2014 | Auto Repair, Brake Repair, Checking Engine Fluids, Tire Repair

To help keep your vehicle working the best that it can, regular maintenances should be performed on it. In between visits, make sure that you inspect the vehicle as well. This can help to determine if a part is starting to fail or an issue is forming. If you notice anything with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help prevent further issues from happening with the vehicle. If you ignore the problem, more damage could happen to the vehicle. This could result in a costly repair bill when you have it fixed then. There are also some things you can do at home to inspect it. By doing this, you can notice if a part is starting to wear out or needs special attention. This can increase the safety and reliability of your vehicle as well.

Check the Fluid levels in your Vehicle

The fluids are what help lubricate and enable the systems in the car to work. When the fluids leak or become dirty, then those systems will not work as efficiently or properly like they should. This includes the oil, which gets dirty and needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. It also includes the windshield washer fluid, which should be full when you are driving long distances or during conditions when you need to clean your windshield often. Other fluids that need regular checking are the brake fluid, the transmission fluid and the power steering fluid. When they are low, they need to be topped off.


Monitor the Brakes Regularly

The wear on the brakes is something else to keep an eye on. When the brake pads get low, then it makes it harder for your vehicle to stop. When you get the pads too low, then you run the risk of damaging the other parts associated with the brakes, such as the calipers and rotors. When you have to fix those parts, a brake job becomes more costly. Checking the brakes can also increase your safety when you travel.

Check the Lights and Windshield Wipers

The headlights and windshield wipers need to be checked each time you have the oil changed. Change the wiper blades if they are not getting the windows clean when they operate. The headlights and brake lights should be monitored in case of a burned out light bulb. Check all of the blinkers and the emergency flashers too, so all of your lights work fine.

Check the Tires on a Regular Basis

The tire pressure is also included in a safety or routine check since low tire pressure is a safety hazard. Low tire pressure can cause uneven wear on the tires, so they need to be at optimal levels in order to keep the tread in tact. The tire tread should be checked every few thousand miles so that you can see the tires are in good condition or have them rotated so they continue to wear evenly. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.