When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, it can be a little frustrating if you don't know exactly how to go about doing it. While you may feel, initially, that it can be annoying to have to maintain your car, figuring out the right actions to take can actually be fantastic and turn out to be a wonderful experience. Additionally, maintaining your vehicle can lead to vehicle longevity and increase the value of your vehicle if and when you decide to sell it. In this article, we'll go over some tips you can do to properly maintain your vehicle this summer and into the fall. 

Make Sure Your Tires Are Inflated Properly

You should check your tire pressure at least once a month to determine whether or not they are under inflated. By using an accurate tire pressure to gauge the amount of air that is in your tires, you can get an idea of whether or not your tires are rolling properly on the ground. If they are over inflated, they can rupture if they hit a sharp object. On the other hand, if they are under inflated, they can lead the engine to work harder in order to maintain vehicle capabilities. Not checking your vehicle and driving with under inflated tires for a long period of time can do significant damage to your vehicle. The end result may be long term damage to the vehicle that is irreparable by even the most skilled factory-trained technicians. 

Wash Your Car

Nobody likes a dirty car. Nobody likes a dirty car that can't be cleaned properly anymore because the car is too old to really do anything about it anymore. Before you get to this stage in your vehicle's lifetime, you should make sure to regularly wash and clean your car every few weeks. You should certainly wash the body of the vehicle with soap and apply a good scrub to the tires as well as the mirrors. Additionally, if it is possible, try taking some soap and a hose to the undercarriage of the vehicle. This will help to keep the metal parts clean and can also be a rust deterrent. By opening the hood of your car, you can also get rid of dust and dirt they may have built up over time. This can sometimes clog the engine and cause it to work harder, thus leading your car to lower levels of longevity. Cleaning the engine along with the rest of your vehicle on a regular basis can help increase its longevity. 

Get A Regular Oil Change

By making sure that you are getting a regular oil change, you can maintain that things are going to be running smoothly. Getting an oil change is also great in that it will force you or your mechanic to go through and make sure your engine hoses are working properly. Failing to make sure the engine hose is working properly can cause stress onto the vehicle if they are not working properly. Ideally, you should be getting an oil change every 3,000 miles for the best results. Some modern-era lubricants will allow you to go anywhere from 5,000 to 7,000 miles without an oil change. Regardless, you should be tracking these oil changes in order to keep your engine working smoothly for the years to come. 

Check Your Lights

This is extremely important, not only because they are necessary to drive legally on the road but also because they keep yourself and other motorists safe from rear-ending your vehicle if they are driving in front of you. This is the main example for brake lights. Other lights, like check engine lights, are signifiers that something else is wrong with your vehicle. Keeping up to date with all of the lights that your car employs can give you a major idea of what needs to be done in order to maintain your vehicle around the clock. 

Inspect The Fluids

Paying attention to things like the motor oil you are using, your power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant is extremely important when looking to maintain your vehicle at the highest of levels. All of these fluids maintain the performance of your vehicle and ensure that everything is working smoothly. Additionally, make sure you have enough fluid for your windshield washer as this will help to keep road salt and other detritus from forming on your windshield. 

Maintaining your vehicle can be annoying sometimes but if you look at it from the perspective of pride in your vehicle, you will begin to see how enjoyable it actually is to take care of your car on a regular basis. If you have any questions about maintaining your vehicle or need to see a qualified technician, don't hesitate to contact us at 740-218-2717 today. We look forward to hearing from you. 


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