Keep Your Vehicle Tuned and Up-To-Date
Vehicle maintenance does not have to be daunting. There are many simple steps that you can take to protect your vehicle from more costly repairs. By regularly following these simple suggestions you can save yourself lots of money in long-term maintenance costs.
Easy maintenance tips include:
- Maintain proper fluid levels – this includes your oil, radiator fluid and brake fluid.
- Replace air filters about every 12 months.
- Maintain proper tire pressure.
- Receive regular vehicle inspections for your brakes, cooling system, etc.
For winter driving, it may be recommended to change your tires to winter/snow tires for better traction. You will also want to make sure that you are using the correct grade of oil. It is ideal to use a grade of oil that is resistant to cold temperatures. At the beginning of every winter season it is also wise to check the charge on your battery, testing to see if it is able to hold a charge and its level of fluid. This will make sure your battery will still be able to operate in colder temperatures.
When the warmer months approach, be sure to change any winter tires to your all-season tires. This will reduce the wear on your winter tires and keep them in better shape for longer. It is advisable to have your air conditioning checked to ensure it is working correctly. This way you will not have to get into a sweltering car in the middle of the summer due to broken air conditioning. Lastly, you should have your hoses and belts checked to ensure they are free from any leaks/micro tears that could cause issues as the temperature increases.
And for more helpful tips or any questions that you may have, feel free to contact our expert technicians at John’s Thistle Auto Ltd.