The Car Care Council supports two months in a year to raise awareness about the importance of car care and preventative maintenance. These months are National Car Care Month in April and Fall Car Care Month in October.
It seems that April marks the beginning of the end of winter in the Midwest. Get your car or truck serviced at this time, so you can enjoy Spring and Summer road trips!
You can improve your vehicle’s safety and dependability by performing basic maintenance, plus you can avoid costly repairs in the future. If car care is neglected, it may result in more expensive repairs down the road, as well as lost resale value. If you own a car, chances are it needs some work. Keep your vehicle updated and healthy during National Car Care Month!
Here are some tips from our Certified Service Managers to help you keep your vehicle in great shape!
Schedule a Full Tune-up
Make an appointment with our Service Team and we’ll inspect your vehicle thoroughly. Remember: Regular tune ups cost less than a major repair that’s needed due to neglect.
Replace Wiper Blades
If your wiper blades are cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering, replace them at least every six months for optimal performance and safety.
Have your tires checked
The tread wear of tires should be inspected for uneven or irregular wear, as well as cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. To increase fuel economy, improve handling, and reduce tire wear, your alignment should be checked annually.
Breaks should be inspected annually
You should inspect the brake system each year and the brake linings, rotors, and drums every time you change the oil.
Oil, Filters and Fluids
In addition to checking and replacing oil after every fill-up, your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant fluid, and windshield washer fluid should also be checked. When you stop in for your oil change, this is something our Service Technicians will automatically do for you.
Your battery connection should be clean, tight and corrosion-free. Batteries that are more than three years old should be tested, and if needed, replaced.
Inspect for Exhaust Leaks
Check your exhaust system for leaks, damage, and broken supports or hangers if you hear an unusual noise. Leaks that occur in the exhaust system are hazardous and require immediate attention.
Steering and Suspension Inspection
The steering and suspension system, including shock absorbers and struts, as well as chassis parts, such as ball joints and tie rod ends, should be inspected every April (or at least annually).
Schedule your Service today!
A little maintenance can go a long way to improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle as well as reducing the risk of costly repairs in the future. This month is the best time to get your car or truck ready for spring driving, summer road trips, or to resolve any lingering issues you may have put off over the winter.