There comes that time in life where your car breaks down, you flatten a tire or bunch of lights come on; and you have absolutely no idea what to do. For the not so mechanically inclined, it’s easy to get flustered and clueless. In order to prevent this from happening, there are 6 easy steps to preventative maintenance.
- Check your oil level! It depends on the car, but the average vehicle needs an oil change every 3,000-7,000 miles. In between changes, check your oil by taking a rag, pulling out the dipstick and wiping it clean. Reinsert the stick and pull it out to get a reading on oil level. Check your car manual to see what level constitutes an oil change.
- Check tire pressure. Use a tire gauge once a month to ensure it’s at proper pressure. You can find the desired level in the owner’s manual and often in the door jam, fuel door or glove compartment.
- Check for tire treading. Check the treading of your tires for any height differences or smooth areas. If there are any irregularities, you can preserve the tires longer by rotating them. If there is damage, you should take your car into a service center to avoid flat tires.
- Check the air filter. See your owner’s manual for recommended timing for filter replacements. It will keep your car air intake and exhaust emission ideal! With a clogged filter, cars lose fuel efficiency and power.
- Check your car fluids. This can be everything from brake fluid, engine oil, radiator engine coolant/antifreeze, transmission fluid and power steering fluid. Ask for a check during your oil change!
- Drive time. Cars have to run regularly to work properly. Leaving it sit too long will make it hard to start up.