Car Care Tips
The Importance of Preventive Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is by far the most important aspect of automotive care, and is crucial to protect your investment. The additives in fluids, including corrosion inhibitors, PH buffers, anti-foaming agents, viscosity stabilizers, and so on, break down during use and heat cycling. Age also affects the attributes of these additives and causes them to lose their effectiveness.
We don't want to replace your engine, transmission, or differentials any more than you do. We are here to help keep you from replacing these expensive components by changing their fluids regularly.
Get Ready For Winter
Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can be even more problematic in cold operating conditions.
Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather makes engines harder to turn, which puts more strain on batteries.
Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
Use dedicated winter tires, all season tires may save you money but a "jack of all trades" is a master of none.
Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.
Check Your Oil
For an accurate reading, check the oil dipstick while the car is turned off and parked on a level surface. If the oil on the dipstick is dark, it is already past the time to change it, this means the oil is breaking down or has become saturated with carbon. It will soon no longer be cleaning, but depositing that carbon throughout the engine. Changing your oil more frequently can save you a large amount of money in the long run.