Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Quick Tips: Ideas For Keeping Your Car Running Great
Life is a blur, sometimes. Work can become stressful as the day begins and ends with an aching neck and sore feet. The last thing on your mind is maintaining your car’s performance. You’re more in the realm of kicking your feet up, getting a bite to eat, and catching the last part of 2 in a Half Men. Car maintenance is very important, so how do you know if you’re over doing it or ‘under’ doing it? In today’s blog, we discuss ways to keep your vehicle running great.
First, how often are you supposed to receive maintenance? All of your answers lie in a small space known as the glove box. Every car is supplied with a maintenance schedule-in the owner’s manual or in a separate maintenance log book-that includes details that vehicle’s need to sustain long and healthy lives. Taking a few minutes to assimilate the requirements will help you avoid the following car-maintenance pitfalls.
Tire Inflation & Rotation
Tires should be checked regularly, because over time, they leak naturally. Problems can arise from under inflated tires, which suckS up more gas, as well as over inflated tires, that wear them out sooner. Plus, front and rear tires wear differently and should be rotated to even that wear. Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for pressure and rotation.
Fall is the best time for wiper replacement. After a certain period of time your wipers will be useless, leaving you prone to accidents. Depending on location, wiper replacement may be an annual affair in the Southwest to a biannual chore in northern climates.
Tune-Ups are almost non-existent. Valves no longer need adjusting, ignition timing is computer controlled and there are no more carburetors. All you really have left is the spark plugs. These are usually good for 100,000 miles! Save 60,000 and 120,000-mile services for timing belt, and coolant.
Got your own tip you want to ad? Feel free!