Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly
Imagine that you’re running five minutes late for an important interview or appointment. You grab your bags and rush out the front door, when all of a sudden, you’re struck with a serious case of bad luck – your car doesn’t start. Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced it a time or two before, and despite having previous experience – it never get’s any better. You cross your fingers and decide to give it another try, hoping to hear that familiar clicking of a dead battery, in which case, you could simply get a friend to try jumping it, but still nothing happens. You’ve officially been served a case of bad car karma and now you’re forced to make the call to take it down to the shop.
Many problems that your car will encounter are out of your control, but the way you treat and care for your car greatly effects how often you’ll take it to the car shop and how much expensive your car repairs will be. Here are three car care tips to keep your vehicle out of the shop as much as possible.
CHECK THE OIL
With everything that goes on in our lives, it can be difficult to keep track of all the items on our to-do-lists, but if you want to take proper care of your car, you need to maintain routine checks of your motor oil. Oil keeps the moving parts in your engine lubricated so they don’t grind on each other and break, which would require a much more expensive repair than if you had simply monitored the oil on a regular basis. Our recommendation is that you check your oil after every other time you fill up on gas. Doing it this way will help you catch low or old oil early so you can manage any suspected issues before a major problem occurs.
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
No one likes the thought of being stranded on a busy highway with a flat tire. Check your tire pressure often, as frequently as you check your car oil levels. It’s especially important to check the pressure when the tires are “cold” or in situations when the car hasn’t been driven too much. It’s also worth knowing that heat generated from driving could affect the tire pressure reading. Inflating your tires to the recommended PSI for your car could help you avoid blowouts and flats.
Also remember that you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles; not doing so could lead to alignment issues that will definitely land you in the shop.
KEEP UP REGULAR MAINTENANCE
When it’s all said and done, we should all be able to agree that spending a little money now can help us to save even much more in the future. Despite your good intentions to care for your car, sometimes it’s just not enough. Without routine maintenance on your vehicle, like filter and oil changes, your car will encounter more unexpected issues and require more expensive repairs.
Adhering to these three simple automobile care tips are important, but the most important tip for taking care of your car is being a safe and responsible driver. Being careful with your car on the road should help you avoid many costly repairs. Nevertheless, if you ever need a skilled car mechanic, drive over to your local Atlanta Luxury Motors Mall of Georgia. We’ll have your car up again and running smoothly in no time.