Preventative and routine vehicle maintenance will keep your car in good condition and help you get the most out of your vehicle. Many people don’t take these necessary measures and encounter serious problems down the road that could have been prevented if they had done a few simple things. A few of the things you can do as routine vehicle maintenance are as follows:
- Check your tire pressure. Often times tire pressure can change with the weather, but it can also get low if there is a puncture wound or something stuck in the tire. Know what pressure level your tires should be at and check it often. A flat tire or a tire too full of pressure can lead to bigger problems.
- Read your owner’s manual. If a warning light lights up on the dashboard or if your car starts driving differently or making strange noises, you will have a better idea of what to tell a mechanic regarding where you feel the problem is coming from if you have a knowledge of what is in your manual.
- Get your oil changed routinely. It is recommended to have your oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. If you don’t, your oil levels could get low, you may not notice a leak, or your oil will get dirty.
- Change your air filters. Filters can get clogged up with dirt, dust, debris, or foliage. When this happens, it won’t be able to filter as well as it did when it was clear of all the debris.
- Rotate your tires regularly. This can keep the tires from wearing out on one side more than the other. It will make the lifespan of your tires last longer. Tires do need to be replaced, so when performing your regular vehicle maintenance, have them check the tires to see if they need to be replaced.