7 Car Maintenance Tips to Make Your Car Last
Keep These 7 Tips in Mind Throughout the Year
If you want to keep your car in good working condition for the longest time possible, there’s one thing you have to do. And that’s to maintain your car properly. Not occasionally, but constantly. Because it is only through proper and regular maintenance that your car will be kept in optimal running condition.
A common misconception about car maintenance is that it will always require a visit to the mechanic. Of course, a tune up will require just that. But there are many other checks that you can do to help take care of your car, before your next scheduled tune up. As we strive to be the best auto body shop in Billings, we bring you important tips to keep your vehicle safe.
Check your battery
Your battery connections should always be clean, free from corrosion and properly secured. Otherwise, you’ll be making it harder for electrical current to get around, and even if your battery is still new, it will feel like it’s already beyond its useful life.
Check your fluids
Check the level of your engine oil regularly to avoid the risk of major engine damage. Generally, it’s a good idea to do this every time you gas up. Aside from engine oil, check your coolant level as well so you won’t have to deal with an overheating engine.
Check your brakes
Actually, you might not even have to do this. Because when your brake pads get worn out, you’ll be alerted through the squealing and scratching that won’t go away and will only get worse until you do what needs to be done and that is, have your brake pads replaced. Waiting too long might not just endanger you, but might also result in a costly, rather than a simple repair job.
Check your tires
We’re not just referring to the physical appearance of your tires; you have to check on your tire pressure too. Because having under-inflated tires is just as bad as having over-inflated tires. And to ensure that your tires wear out evenly, you need to have your tires rotated, balanced and aligned.
Check your filters
Remember that whatever kind of filter it is, be it your cabin air filter, your engine air filter or your engine oil filter, it will not serve its purpose if it has gotten all dirty. Although your car manual will give you a rough estimate of when your filters need replacing, keep in mind that it is just an estimate and the actual need will depend on your driving conditions. Especially if you drive a lot, it pays to check on your filters so they can be replaced as soon as necessary.
Check your wipers
Regardless of the weather and climate in your location, rubber deteriorates over time. And when this happens, it will lose its ability to flex and can eventually crack. In this condition, your wiper blades’ squeegee effect will be lost, and it will no longer make full contact with your windshield. Aside from causing a problem with visibility when you drive through rainy weather, this can also cause streaks on your windshield. Don’t wait for this to get worse. When your wiper blades start to deteriorate, have them replaced. Wiper blades are pretty cheap, we recommend replacing in spring and fall.
Check your lights
Once in a while, before turning in for the night, turn on all of your car’s lights, get out of the car, then walk around to check if all lights are working. To check your brake lights, back up near a wall, step on your foot brake, and then look behind (or have a friend help). To check your backup lights, with your foot brake still on, put your car in reverse, and then look behind. If you see any lights not illuminating, then it’s time to replace them (a tip: replace both lights even if only one is burnt out).
Bring Damaged Vehicles to Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision Center we have a passion for perfection. While perfection isn’t attainable, if you aim for it you still achieve excellence.
If your vehicle has been damaged, bring it to the best collision repair shop in Billings. If it’s dirty, we also do full auto detailing. Call us at 406-259-6328 for more details.