There is no better time to give your car some extra attention than April, the National Car Care Month. Regular maintenance ensures your vehicle is reliable, you spend less money on repairs, and you're safe on the road. Research from recent car care events shows that drivers are neglecting their vehicles.
The Car Care Council advises vehicle owners to take their vehicles for professional service in preparation for spring and summer. Here are some of the basic maintenance procedures the Car Care Council recommends:
- The engine brake system should be checked yearly. Also, the rotors, brake linings, and drums need to be inspected at every oil change.
- The oil, fluids, and filters should be checked. The oil should be changed based on the owner's manual recommended intervals, while the coolant, brake, power steering, and transmission fluids should be checked regularly.
- The hoses should be inspected at every oil change and be replaced if they are brittle, leaking, rusted, crushed, restricted, or swollen. The serpentine belts and V-belts should also be checked for looseness and be replaced if they are not in proper working condition.
- Ensure the battery is tight, clean, and free from corrosion. If your battery is more than three years old, it should be tested and replaced if necessary. It should also be mounted securely.
- The exhaust system needs to be inspected for any leaks, broken supports, or damage, especially if the vehicle owner has heard an unusual noise. A leaking exhaust is a hazard and should be corrected immediately.
- Tune up the vehicle to ensure the vehicle's engine is performing at its best. This means the engine should balance fuel economy and power consumption while having low emission levels.
- Check the vehicle's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Proper cooling and heating are crucial for the comfort and safety of the vehicle's occupants.
- Manually inspect the suspension and steering system yearly. This includes parts such as the struts, shock absorbers, ball joints, tie rod ends, and other related components.
- Check the tire pressure, including the spare, on a monthly basis. The car's alignment should be checked yearly to improve fuel economy and reduce tire wear.
- Test the interior and exterior lights and bulbs and have them replaced if they are faulty. The windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six months or when they aren't in proper working condition.
You may probably be wondering, why April? The Car Care Council chose two months every year to bring attention to the importance of preventative and general car care. These two months are April and October. Since winter has come to an end, it is time to take care of the car issues you may have been ignoring as you prepare for spring.
Get in touch with our auto repair shop today for April vehicle maintenance.