We all know it’s important to take care of our vehicles. Sometimes our “routine checks” aren’t as routine as they need to be. We’ve put together a simple list of things to check on your vehicle. Whether you check monthly or along with your routine oil change, you will extend your car’s life by ensuring a routine maintenance scheudle.
If you have ever had the experience of driving a car without power steering, you’ll know how important it is to check your power steering fluid. Without it your power steering may fail, which will make it harder to control your car. This is an easy thing to check so be sure you do it often!
You may notice when your alignment is way out of line, but getting your wheel alignment checked often will help avoid big issues down the road. Having your wheels properly aligned will ensure your car will steer and react correctly while you’re driving.
In the coming winter months, you will need to make sure that you have enough antifreeze in your car to make sure it can run properly. Cold temperatures are hard on your car. On the reverse side of that coin, coolant is also an important fluid to check on your car. Keeping your car running smoothly relies on the right levels of the fluids it needs.
Not only will a clogged air filter cost you in fuel consumption, it is also not good for the health of your car. Next time you have your oil changed, ask us to check your air filter- it’s an easy check and inexpensive to replace if needed.
Your transmission failing while driving is not something you ever want to experience. It is important to check that the transmission fluid is always at a good level and is changed periodically to make sure your car can shift smoothly and keep you in control of the car at all times. Routine maintenance of your transmission helps prevent costly transmission repairs.
Having any of the lights on your car not functioning properly is very dangerous! Check your turn signals, brake lights, reverse lights and of course your headlights on a regular basis. Although you are likely to catch a headlight that is out, you could easily miss a brake like or taillight that doesn’t function right. These things are vital to letting other vehicles know what you are doing or about to do. This will also aid in preventing accidents. You could also get a ticket for having a light out, which could mean higher car insurance rates.
Keep your car in good running condition and it will keep you safe and in control on the road. It takes a short amount of time to check these important functions, but in the long run, it can save money, fuel, and extend your car’s life. Bring your car into Lewis Automotive for factory maintenance and repairs- we’ll keep your car healthy and running for years to come!