Top 5 Car Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Vehicle in Great Condition

Winter is coming, and that means cars aren't starting. It means tires are deflating and windshields are cracking. While it may be impossible to avoid some of these holly-jolly car troubles, there are a few car maintenance tips you can take to survive the cold.

For example, regularly checking your car's vitals can avoid bigger problems caused by cold weather. In places like Rochester where the cold hits harder, you need to inspect things like your car's fluids and tires. It helps prevent a tire blowing from low pressure, or something freezing in your engine.

Regularly inspecting your car is just the first step to taking care of your car. For more vehicle maintenance tips, just keep reading below!

1. Tread Carefully and Check Your Depth

Winter means snow, and snow means your car slipping and sliding along the road. However, it doesn't need to be that way. Just inspect your tread depth and see if it's safe for a snowy road.

Your car's tires need to be able to funnel fluids and snow away from where they contact the road. They do so through their patterns and depth. The less deep they are, the less effective they are.

You used to need to a coin to measure the tread. Luckily, most tire manufacturers include a tread wire belt to notify you when it's time to change your tires.

2. Brake Dust Can Break Your Car's Appearance

While brake dust is harmless itself, allowing it to accumulate can ruin its appearance. In the snow and cold, the black dust can cling to the rim's metal. That leaves it looking blackened and damaged, even if it isn't.

So just grab a hose once in a while and give your tire a spray of water. Doing so will save you some hardship when cleaning your car later. It may also reveal any potential issues with your brakes since you'll be able to see them clearly after cleaning them.

3. Don't Wait for a Check Engine Light to Check Your Oil

Your oil is the blood of your car. If there's a problem with your oil, there will be a problem with almost every other part of your car. For that reason, it's worth it to pull out the dipstick every now and then.

You can do more than check to make sure your oil levels are good too. If you wipe the oil off with a white paper towel and look at the color, you can check the oil's health. Darker oil is usually worse for your car and can mean it's time to change it.

4. Strap on Your Belt and Check The Rest

One of the most important parts of any engine is its belt. Belts are literally what keeps everything turning, so if something happens to them, expect your car to stop working.

To check your belts, all you need to do is open your hood every now and then. By just looking at them, you'll be able to tell if there's something wrong with them. And if you notice any tears or scratches, be sure to take your car to a mechanic immediately.

5. The Best Car Maintenance Tips Are in Your Car Owner's Manual

The best way to keep up with your car maintenance is by reading the car owner's manual. In it, you will find information about how often you should have heavy maintenance done. You should periodically replace your fluids, belts, and oil - and the dates for doing all that is located in your manual.

The Better Your Vehicle's Condition, the Better Your Drive

Not only will you notice that your car drives better following these basic car maintenance tips, but you'll notice that it'll be worth more too. When it comes time to sell your car, ones that are in better condition will sell better.

And when you need service for your car, contact us here. We know you want to take care of your car, and we'll take care of you when you bring it in.


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