Car Maintenance and Service Checklist

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Car maintenance and servicing is something that can’t be ignored or neglected, or else it will be you who suffers the most. Not only will you have to pay more for repairs and replacements, but enjoying a smooth ride becomes a distant dream as well.

Here is a checklist for your convenience from Reedman Toll Chevrolet Of Springfield – take a look:

Check Engine Light

Most of us have experienced that moment of panic when the check engine light illuminates on the dashboard. The problem may be as small as a loose gas cap or a misfiring spark plug, but can also mean a more serious issue with the electrical system, engine functionality or emissions.

Suspicious Noises

Squeaks, creaks and the grinding sound of metal-on-metal are sounds that shouldn’t be ignored. If your engine is whining or squealing, chances are that it is time to get your belts replaced or that the tensioner pulley that holds them tight is failing. A snapped belt can leave you stranded on the side of the road and can cause significant engine damage.

Tire Maintenance

Tire maintenance is an often overlooked, but important item on your vehicle maintenance checklist. Worn or underinflated tires can drastically reduce your stopping distance when braking, and improper alignment can cause tires to wear unevenly. If your tire tread is looking low, use the penny test to determine whether or not they should be replaced.

Change Air Filter

If this filter becomes filled with dirt and debris your fuel mileage can drop by 10% and it could cost you 15 cents a gallon in fuel consumption. A general rule for changing this filter is roughly every three months, in areas where you encounter more dirt, pollution or road construction; you might have to change it more often.
Wiper Blades and Wiper Fluid
There is little more disconcerting then having sludge splashed across your windshield, hitting the wipers and fluid, only to find the fluid empty or the wipers worn out. This can also lead to an accident caused by poor visibility. Wiper blades are essential to safety, change them at least yearly. Even if you live in a very dry area, the sun and weather will cause damage.

When something like a muffler or water pump goes out, most car owners take the vehicle to a shop and pay whatever the mechanic says it will cost to replace. Before agreeing to that price, get on the phone. Ask other shops what they would charge for the same job on the specific make, model, and year of car.

Need to make an appointment to have your car serviced or have some questions head on over to Reedman Toll Chevrolet Of Springfield.

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