Car Care 101

Check Tire Pressure:

The tire air pressure is the single greatest cause of tire damage and failure. Low tire pressure will contribute to losing control of your car in an emergency situation. The air pressure should be checked on all tires, including the spare, at least once a month. Please consult your owner’s manual for the manufacturers recommended tire pressure. Cold and Hot pressures can be found on the sidewall of the tire.

Rotate:

It is a good idea to rotate your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles. This will prevent irregular and premature wear and allow you to get the maximum life expectancy from your investment. It’s a good habit to rotate your tires with every oil change.

Oil Change:

It’s a good idea to always follow the recommendation of the vehicles manufacturer but we recommended that you give your vehicle an oil change every 5,000 miles, replacing the filter as well.

The oil levels should be checked at regular intervals or before trips. Changing and checking your vehicle’s oil is an inexpensive task that will ensure that it operates trouble free, extending the life of your engine and preventing costly repairs. When you add oil to the vehicle be sure not to add too much as excessive oil can cause serious engine problems.

Coolant:

Once again, never check the coolant when the vehicle is hot as it may cause serious injury! Most new cars have a “coolant reservoir” that allows you to check the levels without opening the radiator cap; it should be closer to the Low mark when cold and closer to the High mark when hot. If the level is low and you do need to add fluid use the correct coolant concentration as recommended by the manufacturer. Change out the entire coolant once every two years at a minimum to maintain the correct PH balance of the coolant. Doing this will ensure the integrity of the gasket materials and prevent premature failure of many components.

Windshield Washer Fluid:

Only use windshield washer fluid as it contains anti-freeze and anti-corrosion ingredients. If you use water, during the winter months your reservoir will freeze and possibly crack the reservoir.

Brake Fluid:

It is a good practice to bleed brakes at least once a year as moisture tends to get trapped in the brake caliper and will eventually lead to caliper replacement.

My brakes are making a funny noise.

A chirping noise or continuous squeals and grinding noises almost always mean that your brakes are in need of a mechanic’s attention immediately. Brakes are designed to give you a warning when it is time for new brake pads; if the brake pads or shoes are replaced immediately when the chirping noise begins you can avoid expensive brake rotor replacement costs that will be incurred after the indicators are worn.

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