CAR MAINTENANCE BASICS
Car maintenance is a part of every day life for those who drive. Learning how to take care of your vehicle the right way can save you time and money, as well as help preserve the investment you have made when buying a car. The experts at Barton Chevrolet are here to share some car maintenance tips that can help get you thinking in the right direction when it comes to your vehicle’s upkeep.
Quality tires are designed to last, but you will have to buy new ones eventually. Tires are commonly overlooked until it is too late. Bald and damaged tires are a hazard not only for you but for others on the road around you. You have a responsibility as a driver to maintain your car’s tires to minimize these risks. Thin tread, cracks, or damaged side walls are a sign of potential problems and any tire showing these signs should be replaced.
• Oil- Engine oil needs to be changed regularly. The standard rule of thumb is every 3,000 miles or 3-months. This may be different with new types of oil on the market today. If you drive a newer vehicle, you will want to check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.
• Coolant- Coolant plays a vital role in the normal operation of the vehicle. Coolant needs to be full and clean always. Coolant normally doesn’t get dirty unless it is contaminated, but it can break down after prolonged use. Old coolant doesn’t have the same ability to transfer heat away from your engine and needs to be changed.
• Brake and Transmission Fluids- Brake and transmission fluid also need to be maintained and checked. These two fluids do not need to be changed as frequently and are best left alone for the most part. When it comes to brake and transmission fluid, pay attention to the mileage on the vehicle, and once again compare it to the maintenance schedule set for you in the owner’s manual.
Brakes will inevitably need to be changed. The schedule of when this needs to be done will depend on how hard the car is driven, how often the car is driven, and the quality of the brake pads or shoes that you are using. A general guideline can typically be found in your owner’s manual. If you hear squeaking, squealing, or the sound of metal scratching on metal, you will want to have your brake pads looked at and possibly replaced.
Every car will have several different filters. The filters you will have to change most will be the engine air filter and the cabin air filter. You will also want to make sure you change the oil filter every time you change the oil. You will eventually have to change the fuel filter as well, which you can find more details about in your owner’s manual.
For more information or to schedule a car care maintenance, contact Barton Chevrolet service department.