Newer vehicle technology has made things like oil changes every 3,000 miles a thing of the past. These days, your car is likely equipped with all sorts of helpful alerts that remind you when it’s time to check your tire pressure, change your oil, or inspect the brake system. But, your car—no matter what the age—still needs regular TLC to stay in top shape.
Keeping up with these car care basics are not only easy but will help prolong the life of your car and may also alert you to a potential issue before you end up stranded by a breakdown.
Pick a day that’s easy to remember and mark your calendar to check your tire pressure, tire condition, and fluid levels like oil, coolant, and windshield washer on the same day each month. If needed, top off any fluids that are low and inflate tires to the recommended level.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Regularly wash and wax your vehicle. This simple task removes any grit or grime from the road that can damage paint and lower a car’s resale value.
AAA owned and Approved Auto Repair shops offer a FREE vehicle inspection—with a paid repair—along with other types of service. Oil changes are the perfect time to take advantage of convenient inspections to make sure all the vehicle systems, the car battery, and more, are operating at full capacity. Additionally, it’s a good opportunity to get to know your mechanic and stay ahead of any possible larger issues down the road. (Hyperlink AAA owned and Approved Auto Repair shops text to AAA.com/CarCare)
Pay attention to sounds, smells, or fluids leaking from your car. Ignoring these warning signs could lead to a major repair that could have otherwise been avoided.