Cars are a little bit like houses – there’s almost always something that needs to be done. Keeping your car in great shape takes commitment and a bit of elbow grease, but this guide makes it easy!
The old rule of thumb used to be that you need to change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles, but synthetic motor oil has stretched that mileage out quite a bit. Be sure to refer to your owner’s manual for an exact guide. When it’s time for your next oil change, you can book one with us at Walt Massey GM online.
Check The Tire Pressure
At least once a month – and definitely before any road trips – you should check the air pressure levels in your tires. It’s best to avoid waiting until the air pressure light on your dashboard comes on because low air pressure can expedite the wear and tear on your tires. You can purchase a small tire pressure gauge to keep in your car so that you don’t have to make a trip to the gas station every time you need to check your air. Always be sure to check the air pressure before the car has been driving when the tires are cold.
Check The Battery
About once a month, lift up the hood and check the battery. You’ll want to make sure that the battery cables are securely attached to the terminals and that there is no corrosion. If the battery has removable caps, check the fluid level too.
Ideally, you should wash your car once a week if you drive it every day or have uncovered parking. While this may seem like a lot, you can always run through the car wash to save time. If you’re going to hand-wash your car, aim to do so once every few weeks as often as your schedule allows.
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