Maintenance: Tips to keep your auto from making an early trip to the junkyard!
Updated: Jan 6, 2020
Check the oil:
Sometimes the most simple answer is the right answer. Changing your oil every 5,000-10,000 miles (read your vehicle's owner's manual for accurate timing) is vital to keeping the proper weight of oil in the engine and its parts flushed with enough fluid to ensure your engine is running smoothly.
Maintain power steering fluid:
If your vehicle is a newer model, you may have electric power steering; so no fluid upkeep is necessary. If your vehicle is an older model, however, you will want to maintain a proper level of power steering fluid in the reservoir to ensure the power steering pump is lubricated. If it is not, the pump could fail, and a replacement part will be much more costly than the fluid upkeep.
Routinely rotate & align tires:
In order to get the most out of your tire investments, it is important to have them rotated and aligned routinely. Your owner's manual will tell you how often is appropriate to perform this maintenance, per your model vehicle. It is also just as vital to your tires' health to maintain decent tire pressure. A sticker on your interior driver door frame will show proper pressure amounts for each tire.
Flush radiator coolant:
Over time, rust and corrosion can occur due to coolant sitting too long. It is important to flush your radiator to prohibit a breakdown of the engine and its parts. Each vehicle's time frame for flushing needs will vary, however, typically between 30,000-100,000 miles is a good rule of thumb.