Car Repair Reynoldsburg
Preventative maintenance in a car can increase both your safety and the car’s lifespan. If a car is neglected, odds are that repairs will be required more frequently and will cost much more than the maintenance otherwise would have.
Listed below are several things you should check on at each interval. This is by no means all-inclusive, but merely a starting point.
The best course of action is to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow them to a tee. They know the car and what it needs. Listening to them may save its life.
Verify the check engine light is off. If the light is on, get it into the shop to catch whatever problem it is as early as possible.
Check tire pressure and make sure it’s within the models’ guidelines.
Visually check that all exterior lights are working and replace burned out bulbs.
Every Three Months
Change the oil. It’s recommended to change the oil filter at the same time, and is usually easily accessible while changing the oil. This is the most commonly known maintenance item, and is perhaps the most important for maintaining a healthy vehicle.
Check other fluid levels, including power steering, brake, and coolant, and add fluid as necessary.
Check for connectivity on the battery and cables.
Check the engine belts for wear or warping.
Every Six Months
Examine and change as needed the engine air filter and fuel filter.
Change out the wiper blades of both front and rear windows.
Check the various hoses for leaks or bad seals.
Rotating your tires depends more on miles driven than an amount of time, but every six months is about right if you drive an average amount.
While you are rotating your tires, do a visual inspection of the brake pads. While most brake pads will squeak when they get low, knowing that the replacement is coming will help you identify the needed change that much faster.
By dedicating a total of only a few hours yearly to your car’s health, you’ll be safer and your car will last significantly longer, and that’s a very good thing!