MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR YOUR VEHICLE
Buying a new can means starting out with a clean slate. It’ss up to you to do your part to keep it running like new for as long as you own it. New cars are expensive, but if you want to avoid the headaches that come with breakdowns, you need to maintain it properly from day one. It’s best to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance, but when you can’t, here are some things you should check.
Under the Hood Maintenance
Your engine is the heart of any vehicle you buy. It is also the most important place for you to keep a close eye on overall maintenance. Your owner’s manual has a recommended maintenance schedule inside that you need to follow closely. Not only will this help your engine last longer, but it will keep your warranty valid.
Oil Level: You should check the oil level in your car’s engine at least once per month. If it looks dirty or has more than the recommended miles on it, feel free to bring it into us for an oil and filter change.
Air Filter: Depending on the time of year and where you live, your air filter will become dirty and clogged at different intervals. You should check it at the same time you check the oil level and replace it when it looks dirty. This will save wear and tear on your engine and help to keep your fuel economy low.
Automatic Transmission Fluid: Check the condition and level of the automatic transmission fluid as per the chart in your owner’s manual. Be sure to have the fluid and filter changed per the recommended intervals or if it starts to look dirty or smells burnt.
Belts and hoses: Today’s vehicles run on a single belt that operates all external engine accessories. If it breaks, you will lose electrical power, air conditioning and power steering. Inspect it for cracks or damage and have it replaced as necessary. Visually inspect the hoses for cracking, dry rot, or damage and have them replaced as necessary.
Antifreeze/Coolant: Check the level in the coolant reservoir on a monthly basis when the weather is hot. Top of with an approved coolant mixed 50/50 with water. If it appears to be dirty or your car has reached the appropriate mileage, be sure to bring it in for a flush and refill.
Other Areas of Maintenance
Tires: These are the only parts of your car that should ever touch the road. They must be properly inflated in order for them to maintain full contact with the road and ensure you have full control of your vehicle at all times. Check the tires’ pressure at least once per month when the tires are cold. You should also have them rotated every other oil change to ensure maximum mileage.
These are only a few of the more important maintenance tips for your new car. There are many more available in your owner’s manual for you to follow. If you have any questions about maintenance and how to perform the various tasks, please come in and talk to one of our service writers. They will be happy to go over your vehicle and point out its maintenance needs and how to take care of them with you.