Vehicle Maintenance - Granite Ford

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Inspecting, adjusting, and maintaining important car parts are the ideal ways to ensure a smooth ride, avoid premature part failure, and eliminate costly repairs. Whether you choose to do it yourself or take your car to an automotive shop, there are a number of car parts you need to check on a regular basis.

Checking Oil Levels

Incorrect oil levels can cause extensive damage to a car’s engine, as its main function is to lubricate the engine parts.  It’s best to check the oil level every couple of hundred miles. This can easily be done with the dipstick. To stay on the safe side, be sure to keep an extra can of oil handy so you can top off when needed.

For top performance and prolonged engine life, use the correct type and amount of oil as recommended by the car manufacturer. Changing the car’s oil every 2,000 to 3,000 miles will help keep your car running smoothly. With the right tools, you can easily change the oil in approximately 45 minutes. If you’re unsure how to do this, you can take the car to a local automotive shop. Regular oil changes are a cost-effective solution for a healthy car engine.

Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure and Tread

Keeping your tires maintained is important for proper vehicle handling and higher fuel economy. Most tire damage is due to driving on tires that are improperly inflated. According to experts, the tires’ air pressure should be checked once a month. With the correct air pressure, you can avoid a blowout or potential flat tire. You are able to make emergency maneuvers and handle road conditions much better. Improper inflation also puts unnecessary wear and stress on tires. The end result is having to replace tires sooner, which can be costly.

Protect the Car Engine with a Coolant Check

Checking the coolant once a week is a smart choice. Keep in mind that the coolant must have the right concentration of anti-freeze for corrosion protection, winter protection, and efficiency of the cooling system. The coolant is responsible for preventing the engine from overheating. Unless there is a leak somewhere, the level should remain stable. With a regular inspection, you can spot a leak early and avoid a possible road breakdown.

Maintain a Healthy Transmission

Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, the transmission fluid should be changed about every 60,000 miles. Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant for all of the transmission’s moving parts and as a coolant. If the car’s transmission fluid is not changed on schedule, there will be fluid degradation and contamination that will shorten the transmission’s lifespan. Simply put, there will be metal particles in the lubricant that will cause the bearings and gears to wear out.

Without a doubt, oil levels, tires, coolant fluids, and transmission fluids are just a few of the car parts you need to check on a regular basis. Take care of your car, and it will take care of you and your wallet.