Advanced Repair’s Top Car Maintenance Tips

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Vehicle maintenance is an important part of owning a car, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Advanced Repair has the maintenance checklist you need to keep your car running smoothly.

Check Your Tires

Reduce wear on your tires by checking their air pressure. Find the recommended pressure for your tires and check the PSI with a simple pressure gauge, which you can find at most gas stations. Be sure to check and fill the spare tire, as well. Additionally, rotate your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles to avoid an unequal distribution of wear between front and back tires, which could cause a blowout.

Top Off Vehicle Fluids 

Ensure the following fluids are at the appropriate levels before going on longer trips and at least once a month:

  • Oil
  • Power steering fluid
  • Coolant
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid

Of those, oil and coolant are the most important, as they’ll decrease the quickest. If you notice something leaking from the bottom of your car, make sure you identify the color of the fluid. This will speed up the repair process for your mechanic and is an easy way to identify what’s going wrong.

Check Your Lights

You should check your lights at least once a month, but there is some maintenance that will increase the longevity of your headlights themselves. Clean the lens regularly and replace bulbs as soon as they start to dim. If a bulb goes out, it may be worth taking it in to check out. Sometimes it’s just a bulb, but it could be a fuse that’s gone out, which may be more difficult to repair.

Replace Old Wipers

Damaged or worn-out wiper blades will reduce your visibility and make it significantly more dangerous when driving in inclement weather. This one might not seem important, but when you’re in a drenching downpour, you’ll wish you changed them when you had the chance.

Check Your Brakes

While on the road, keep an ear out for any shuddering, creaking, or vibrating from your brakes as you press the pedal. If you hear anything or feel a decrease in the firmness of your braking, bring your car in as soon as possible.

Clean Your Air Filter

Your air filter is what prevents particulates and dust from your surroundings from reducing the efficiency of your vehicle’s engine. Checking this once a year should be fine, just ensure there’re no blockages present. A little dirtiness is alright—it just means the filter is doing its job.

Complete Vehicle Maintenence

There are several car maintenance tasks that can be done by the owner of a vehicle, but many issues may not present themselves so plainly. A technician can use diagnostic tools to determine the cause of any issues and head off more serious problems before they arise. At Advanced Repair, we have NAPA Gold Certified technicians with the tools and know-how to make sure nothing is going wrong with your vehicle. Give us a call today to schedule a tune-up!

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