Regular maintenance is vital to the life of your car.
Service centers like ours at Guess Motors are there to make sure your car stays running healthy for many years to come. We know that with regular professional service, you will spend fewer dollars over the life of your vehicle.
We also know that you hate parting ways with those hard-earned dollars.
Don’t sweat it.
We’ve put together a list of a few basic car-care habits you can tackle that don’t require a sophisticated understanding of cars.
Here are 3 easy ways to keep your car out of our shop:
1. Know How to Check and Change Your Fluids
Once a month, check your oil, coolant, and wiper fluid levels. At least once a year, check your brake and transmission levels.
Change your oil every 5,000 miles to keep the engine’s parts lubricated and free of corrosion. Although oil cleanliness is important, it’s even more important to keep an eye on oil level.
Low oil levels might mean your car is burning through oil too quickly. A leak or improper oil solutions may be the issue. If you feel like you’re going through oil faster than normal, it’s best to have a certified technician take a look at it.
Coolant, brake, and transmission fluid changes are different for every vehicle. It’s best to consult your owner’s manual for the best time to change these fluids. If you notice your transmission fluid is running low or is darker than its normal clear pink color you should have your car serviced by a professional immediately.
Make it a habit to check these things and your engine will thank you.
Grab a bucket and sponge, it’s time to get scrubbing.
Dirt, ice melt, bird droppings, acid rain, and other elements weaken your car’s paint, causing it to chip, scratch and peel off. Although paint seems like a cosmetic feature, its real purpose is to protect the metal underneath from rust and corrosion.
Washing your car on at least once a week prevents paint from wearing off, leaving you with a clean, rust-free shine.
- Car-wash detergent
- Sponge or microfiber glove
- Microfiber towel
Avoid using other household cleaners as they may be harsh on your car’s coating and paint. Instead, make sure you use a designated car-wash detergent. Using a specifically designed detergent ensures a milder touch that’s easier on paint.
Be careful not to scrub in a circular motion so as to prevent unwanted swirl marks. Instead, wash along the length of the car panel.
Use a microfiber towel to dry your car to prevent spotting or streaking.
Without properly inflated tires you’re susceptible to flats or blowouts. The good news is that keeping your tires properly inflated is an easy task to maintain.
Use a tire pressure gauge to check your tires every other week to ensure they’re between the standard 32-35 psi. If a tire is low, service departments and most gas stations are equipped with air pumps or you can buy a portable pump that powers up when plugged into your car.
It’s no guarantee you won’t experience problems with your car, but by keeping an eye on these simple things, you can help prevent major malfunctions from occurring and identify bigger problems better handled by certified technician.