Keeping your own body in tip top condition does not just happen – it requires eating right, regular exercise, and preventative doctor’s visits. Similarly, keeping your car running its very best also requires proper maintenance. Just like your body, your car too can take a toll in winter. Keep in mind these easy to forget, yet unavoidable winter maintenance tasks!

 

Winter Maintenance

Oil Changes

Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It keeps the vital parts of the engine lubricated and running effectively. With that in mind, most automobile manufacturers suggest changing the oil every 3,000 and up to 7,000 miles based on the year-make or workload of your vehicle.  In addition, it is important to periodically check your oil level to ensure you are not running low.

 

Maintaining your tires

Just as a good pair of shoes offers support, cushioning and traction, your tires are a crucial part of a well-running vehicle. Monitor your air pressure as well as the amount of tread on your tire to be sure they are both to the manufacturer’s specifications. In addition, rotate your tires every 5,000-8,000 miles to ensure even wear and be sure they are properly balanced.

 

Brakes

The ability to stop your car quickly and efficiently is an important part of vehicle safety. Have your brakes inspected a couple of times a year of to ensure that they are in good working order. If you hear any squeaks, squeals or grinding noises, this could be a sign that your brake pads are worn out and should be repaired immediately.

 

Fluid checks

In addition to oil, there are other fluids within your vehicle that are imperative to its performance. Proper levels of steering fluid, transmission fluid and brake fluid all ensure that these areas of your car are running at peak performance.  Additionally, washer fluids, while not important to the performance of the engine, are crucial to keeping your windshield clear of bugs, road salt and other dirt that can obstruct your field of vision.  While some of these fluids can be maintained by the owner of the car, others should be checked by a qualified mechanic.

 

Maintenance is a crucial aspect of any vehicle. Whether you’re a professional driver or only commuting from school and work it’s hard to argue the value of professional, regular vehicle maintenance. At Adams Collision Service, we are happy to recommend a reliable mechanic for routine preventative maintenance as well as other service needs. And, if you find yourself in need of auto body work, we would be honored to provide an estimate for repairs. Contact us today.