The best way to extend the life of your vehicle, as well as save money, is to have your vehicle in regularly for scheduled maintenances. This way we can inspect your vehicle’s parts to make sure they are in a good operating condition. You can also extend the life of your vehicle by doing some inspections yourself. By checking the fluids, tires, and monitor how you drive, you can help maintain the vehicle’s condition.
The fluids in your vehicle should be checked regularly to make sure they are at the proper amount recommended. This includes the coolant, oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluid. Even if your vehicle does not leak fluids, it may develop a leak quickly. Checking the color or smell for some of these fluids is equally important as checking the level that the fluids are at. Some fluids are held in see through plastic reservoirs so you can visually see the level they are at. Some fluids also contain dipsticks so you are able to see the amount that is held in the tank if it is not see through. The oil color should also be looked at. It should be relatively clear and not black. Oil that is black in color has been in the engine too long, and you should get an oil change as soon as you can.
Another important factor is how you drive your vehicle. You can help maintain the brakes by adjusting your starting and stopping while driving. Ease into a start or stop instead of having a jackrabbit start or slamming on the brakes. After starting the vehicle, drive off slowly and gently until the vehicle reaches an operating temperature. Cold starts are hard on your engine, gas mileage, and the environment. Starting a vehicle immediately can cause condensation in the exhaust and excessive amounts of water can accumulate in your muffler, which may lead to it to rust. Warming up a vehicle will help reduce the strain on the engine while the oil is still cold and thick.
The tires are the most important part of your vehicle, as they provide the contact to the surface of the road. One of the things to do to keep the tires maintained is to have them rotated. This can help to reduce uneven wear and tear for the tread. This can help to extend the life of the tires as well. It is also wise to check the air pressure of the tires. Under inflated tires can lead to decreased gas mileage. Over inflated tires have a greater chance of getting punctured by sharp objects on the road. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.