Here at Bowlin's Auto Service, we know cars. Here is a list of a few small things in your vehicle to check periodically to ensure a long life!
Your brakes are a vital component of your vehicle. Having brakes in good working order is important for you and everyone around you. You should have your brakes checked regularly. Here are a couple of symptoms for brake problems. If you notice these, take your brakes to be serviced right away:
- Any unusual noises, such as squeaking, squealing, or grinding
- A "squishy" brake petal
- Brake warning light comes on in your dashboard
- Unstable steering wheel
- Car pulls to one side when you drive or stop
You should be sure to check your fluid often to be sure that they are at a safe level. Here are a few fluids you should check:
Windshield Washer Fluid
It's important to check your windshield wiper fluids, especially in the winter! You want to be sure there is enough when you need it.
Transmission fluid is very important to keeping your car running. If you are low or empty on transmission fluid, it will stop your transmission from running properly - or at all! When you check your fluid level, be sure your car is parked on a level surface. It is important to check this periodically, as there are often no visible symptoms for low transmission fluid. If your transmission fluid is low, take it to be professionally serviced. Transmission fluid does not burn up, so if you are low, you probably have a leak!
Having your oil changed as scheduled is a regular maintenance of your car that will save a lot of money in the long run. Oil serves a variety of purposes in your engine. It is a lubricant, making sure that your engine parts wont rub together and wear out. Depending on the way you drive and other driving conditions, you should change your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles. Please consider changing your oil more often if you:
- Drive at high speeds
- Stop and start fast
- Drive on dirt roads often
- Carry heavy loads
- Live in a very hot or very cold environment
The brakes and the tires are the two most important safety measures on your vehicle. You need to regularly check the pressure on your tires (check your car's manual to see what the pressure should be!) and the tread of the tires. Tire pressure can change in tandem with the temperature outside, so be sure to check this regularly. In order to get the most accurate reading, check the tires when your vehicle is "cold", i.e. don't check the tires when you have been out driving around.
Rotating your tires is not mandatory for vehicle maintenance, but is very helpful. Having this done will increase the life of the tire, saving you money in the long run.
In order to be safe, it is important your windshield wipers are in working order. Check to make sure they are clean and undamaged. Replacing them is fairly easy. Check your vehicle's manual if you are going to buy replacements to make sure you get the right ones!
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