Tips From An Expert On Auto Maintenance

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Tips From An Expert On Auto Maintenance

After purchasing a vehicle, many people ask themselves one particular question: how can I make sure my car stays at peak performance? Well, not everyone asks themselves that question, but they should. Car maintenance is no joke, so below, we have outlined a car maintenance checklist so that you can effortlessly stay on top of everything, from a proper maintenance schedule to spotting the need for repair services before things get catastrophic.

Read The Owner’s Manual

I know it sounds odd. I mean, we all know how to operate a vehicle, right? Who needs a step-by-step layout on how to crank the engine? Don’t be so easily fooled. In your vehicle owner’s manual, there is a manufacturer-recommended service schedule. This outlines what needs to be serviced when it needs to be serviced, and how often that servicing needs to be done, and it’s all right there at your fingertips. Print it out, or write it down somewhere, and reference it every time you schedule an oil change for your vehicle. You’ll be better off for it.

Fluid Checks

Especially during the hot Texas summers, fluids need to be checked on a regular basis. Utilizing proper coolants in your vehicle’s air conditioning system is also going to help with fluid utilization within your vehicle. Make sure to have these checked at least once a month.

Lubricant For Moving Parts

Lubrication prevents friction, which causes unnecessary heat when a vehicle’s parts are on the move. If improperly lubricated, this can lead to overheating, which can cause a cascade of failures across all systems over time. This can be checked every month along with your car’s fluid and coolant levels.

Oil Changes

This goes without saying, but we will anyway: get your car’s oil changed on time. The oil that runs throughout your car is like the blood that runs throughout our bodies. If it gets contaminated over time from overuse, it can cause serious issues inside your car’s systems and engine components. Has your oil been changed every 3,000-5,000 miles, even if you use synthetic oil? Why? Because even though synthetic oil can run for 15,000 miles before requiring a change, most oil filters are only designed for 5,000 miles.

Tires

There is a lot of maintenance involved with tires, but we’ll keep it short and sweet. The two things you need to keep an eye on with your vehicle’s tires are its tread depth and amount of inflation. Too little tread and your vehicle becomes a risky death box on the road. If your vehicle is out of alignment, the tread can begin to wear unevenly, thereby reducing the overall lifespan of your tires. Then, there’s tire inflation. Keeping accurate pounds per square inch (PSI) in your tires has an impact on everything from overall gas mileage to emergency maneuvering abilities. If your tires are underinflated, your risk of a tire blowout is higher than normal. If your tires are overinflated, then there’s less rubber connecting your speeding metal box to the ground, which means you’re at a higher risk for accidents. With every oil change, have your tires checked.

These are the big five, but there are a plethora of other things that need to be serviced on a regular basis. So, instead of stressing yourself out by outlining a schedule you can put on your calendar, let us do that work for you. Give us here at Eric’s Car Care a call at 713-667-9293 or walk in and see us at 6950 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77030 so that we can get you on our repair and maintenance schedule. That way, we notify you when it’s time for something to be checked or changed, giving you the peace of mind you need.

Written by Eric's Car Care