Back to Basics – Car Care 101

In light of the back-to-school season, we thought we’d take car care back to the basics in this quick course! The technicians at our independent auto repair shop review three major components in your vehicle and the maintenance needed to keep your car running smoothly.

1. Motor Oil.
Every car owner should expect and plan routine oil changes. The motor oil in your vehicle flows through the engine, providing much needed lubrication to prevent excess heat, friction, and damage of the engine components. Your vehicle needs regular oil changes to continue running properly. Many manufacturers recommend an oil change every 3-5 months, or 3,000 miles.

2. Tires.
Having the right tire pressure can improve your fuel economy, vehicle performance, and reduce chances of a flat. Check your tires periodically, using a pressure gauge to check for the appropriate level (which you can find in your manual). You should also check the pressure in your spare tire. Look over your tires for wear, bulges, or bald spots. Uneven wear indicates that your vehicle needs an alignment. By taking the time to check your tires, you can prevent problems and extend the life of your tires – a small task for big savings!

3. Battery.
While you’re under the hood of your vehicle, glance at your battery. Make sure the connections are clean and tight. You can also test the voltage with a battery tester to make sure it’s within the acceptable range. If you see corrosion, you can clean the battery with a battery cleaning brush or bring it to our shop.

Ignoring preventative maintenance leaves you at increased risk for breakdowns and expensive repairs. Save money and stress by following the maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Our auto technicians will keep track of the maintenance on your vehicle to help you keep up-to-date with the needed auto repair services for your family vehicle.

If you have any questions about preventative maintenance and caring for your vehicle, give us a call at 804-642-2440!