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Must-Do Maintenance Tips

March 23, 2010 / 

It’s important to follow these maintenance tips to ensure your car’s performance and to keep it in tip-top shape. These will have lasting effects on the life of your vehicle as well as its trade-in value years.

  • Maintain your oil: Oil is to a car like water is to the body’s well-being. If you don’t properly maintain the oil levels, the engine can overheat and even blow up. Have your oil checked every three months or three thousand miles at the dealership. With synthetic oil, expect a lifespan of anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 miles. In this situation, it is normal to have to add oil to your vehicle after about 7,000 miles.
  • Check your tires: An easy checking of the tread on your tires is to stick a penny in between the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tires are worn down and it’s time for new ones. Continuously check your air pressure as well – once a week is ideal. Properly inflated tires will give you much better gas mileage.
  • Check windshield wipers: If they are worn or in poor condition, you could be at risk for a serious safety hazard during the next downpour or snow storm. These low-cost items are essential to your visibility and safety.
  • Check coolant level: Coolant is something that your engine can’t live without. Review your owner’s manual to determine where the coolant reservoir is. Wait until your engine is cool and take a look at it – the outside should have ‘low’ and ‘high’ visible markings and the level of coolant inside should be between these two points.
  • Check engine belts: Have your engine belts checked every year or two, and replace them at every 50,000 miles. The belts live in the front of your engine and loop around various pulleys, fueling everything from the alternator to the air conditioner compressor. Rubber perishes, especially in the extreme conditions of an engine bay. Make sure to stop in to get these looked at and serviced.
  • Get to know your Owner’s Manual, Really: The Owner’s Manual of your car lists most preventative maintenance schedules. Follow this book carefully, and make sure that you understand each section. Scheduling your service appointments in advance ensures getting key maintenance work done, and getting your car serviced as recommended.
  • Keep your car clean: Waxing your car not only makes it shine and look good, but it effectively protects the finish on the car. We recommend waxing 1-3 times per year. Save your interior from fading and other sun damage by parking in the shade or using a windshield cover. This is especially important if you are looking to sell or trade-in your car when the time comes.