Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year's Resolutions...For Your Car

It's a new day, it's a new year.  Many of you have made some resolutions this year that look something like this:
  1. Eat healthier
  2. Exercise more
  3. Read more books
  4. Keep vehicle(s) maintained
Is that what your list looks like?  We all know how important it is to take care of our body and mind, but are we as concerned about maintaining our vehicles?

Some of the most simple maintenance can be done on a daily basis.  Maintenance such as checking the operation of lights, horn, direction indicators, wipers, washers, and warning lights can be checked daily.  You can also check seat belts and brakes regularly (since you probably already use them regularly).   Also, look for fluid deposits underneath your vehicle.

Weekly checks that you can perform are fluid levels of the engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, and tire pressure.  Check your owner's manual to find out exactly what each level should be, and which fluid to use (not all vehicles use the same fluids for each system).

There is also some more in-depth maintenance that should be done regularly.  30/60/90K mileage maintenance should be completed on the specified interval.  It's also a good idea to continue regular maintenance every 30K miles after you hit the 90K mile mark.  Also ensure that your vehicle receives regular oil changes and tire rotations.  Become familiar with your owner's manual to help stay on-top of any regular needed maintenance.

As always, Jake's Auto is happy to perform any needed maintenance on your vehicles.

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