A car is a solid investment, so it needs quite a bit of time and effort to maintain it for good performance, mileage and also a good resale value. As the car engine ages, its performance level decreases and the oil starts to break down at an increasing rate. Over time, the seals break down, gaskets become very brittle, and oil consumption increases. This is just one example of a vehicle problem, but with a few pointers, you can expect great performance from your car for a long time.
Here are some general tips for automobile maintenance from Roberts Chrysler Dodge:
Make it a point to change your car’s engine oil every 3 months or 3,000 Kilometers, whichever comes first. This is an important procedure, as the engine is the heart of your car and motor oil is the lifeblood. One isn’t able to function without the other, so be very diligent with your oil-change schedule.
Check the air pressure in the car tires at least once a month in order to prevent unexpected flats and excess tire wear. Cars which do not have the correct air pressure will lose a lot of mileage too. Apply a quality rubber protectant to your tires to prevent damage from UV rays.
Look for warning signs. Of course, not every little noise you hear means something is wrong. But with a high mileage car, it is best to check out any symptom, be it a sound, smell, or just a feeling that seems the slightest bit out of the ordinary.
Pay attention to outward signs. If your car is leaking oil or coolant, it could indicate a serious problem. Look carefully at your driveway or parking space for oil stains or spots that can warn you of possible fluid leaks.
Minimizing any scratches is always a great practice towards making your car looks great. So, when you clean the vehicle, don’t forget to take note of any chips or scratches in the paint. These should be repaired immediately to avoid rust.
Checking under the hood on a periodic basis can help you to spot problems before they become costly. It is best to conduct the check when the car engine is cold, i.e. not after the car is being used and that the engine is hot.
Even if it appears that there is nothing wrong with your vehicle, you should get it serviced regularly at your local auto body shop. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
Are you or anyone in your family looking for a new, or used car head on over to Roberts Chrysler Dodge. Not only do they have a great selection of vehicles they will make sure they help you in every way they can.