Posted March 17, 2012
Getting the most out of your vehicle is as simple as implementing a preventative maintenance plan at our White Bear Lake MN auto repair shop. Let’s be honest for a moment—there’s no getting around the normal wear-and-tear of a vehicle, making preventative maintenance that much more important. The philosophy behind it is simple—to catch small problems and fix them inexpensively before they turn into huge headaches that wreak havoc on your bank account. Here are a few preventative maintenance tips from our automotive mechanics that will keep you on the road longer:
Change your Oil: Its engine oil’s job to provide lubrication and to reduce friction in your engine to ensure it runs properly. It’s important to have your oil changed every 3 months or 5,000 miles, as your oil will lose its lubricating qualities if left in the engine too long.
Check Inflation and Alignment: Though you should leave your alignment up to our ASE-Certified technicians, you can check the inflation by yourself using a tire gauge and your owner’s manual. Be sure to check your tires regularly, as properly inflated tires are not only safer, but improve fuel economy as well.
Keep the Interior Clean: Not only to clean interiors look good, but they feel good, too. If you want a more habitable car, concentrate on keeping the carpets and upholstery clean. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen to prevent stains, and make it a point to throw away all trash every time you exit your vehicle.
Rid your Car of Rust: Rust has the ability to work its way into small areas of your vehicle and spread like wildfire. The best way to prevent rust is to have your vehicle regularly washed and waxed—it’s worth it to take your vehicle to a car wash that will clean the undercarriage as well!
Change your Filters: Changing the air, oil, and fuel filters regularly will improve fuel efficiency and overall performance. These filters are sometimes too difficult to change yourself, so stop by our Bellaire automotive shop to have an ASE-Certified technician do it for you.
Have a Preventative Maintenance Plan: By implementing a preventative maintenance plan, you’re making the decision to keep your vehicle as healthy as possible. By having ASE-Certified technicians regularly inspect your vehicle, minor issues can be dealt with before they leave you on the side of the road.