Car Maintenance 101

Keep Your Car Running with These 10 Simple Tricks 

Keeping your car running smoothly requires proper maintenance and care from the first day you have it. Maintenance is all about proactively addressing your car’s needs before any issue arises or repair is needed. It is incredibly important for safety and extends the life of your vehicle.

However, it does not have to be complicated! Check out MAS Repairs list of 10 simple tricks to keep your car running and see how simple basic car maintenance can be.

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

Maintaining tire pressure is important for fuel economy, comfort and helps reduce wear and tear on your tires. Check once every one to two weeks to ensure that your tires are at correct pressure. You can find what the correct tire pressure is by looking in your owner’s manual.

 2. Change Your Oil

Your car’s motor oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine and helps keep it clean. You should have the oil changed every 4,000 to 5,000 miles or once every three months, whichever comes first.

3. Test Your Lights

Once a month, take time to test all of your external and internal lights including headlights, blinkers, and brake lights. A light that does not come on may be burned out and need to be replaced, or it could be a symptom of a wiring or battery problem.

4. Check Tire Tread

As your tires wear, the tread on them can become too thin to provide adequate traction with the road- which is a serious safety concern.

If your tires have started to look bare, it’s time to invest in a set of new tires.

5. Monitor Fluid Levels

Checking your fluid levels to ensure that you have no leaks and to maintain optimum levels is easiest completed each time you change the oil in your car. Look at the power steering fluid, brake fluid and coolant and top off when necessary.

6. Keep it Clean

Dirt and grime on your car’s finish is not only unsightly, it can also damage the finish which can lead to rust. Regularly washing your car and removing all the mud, bird droppings, and bugs will keep it looking nice now and for years to come.

7. Rotate Your Tires

Depending on whether your car is front wheel drive or all wheel drive, your tires will wear in very predictable ways. You can extend the life of them by rotating them once every 5,000 – 8,000 miles to help them wear in a more even manner.

8. Replace Your Filters

Every 15,000 miles you should check your engine and cabin air filters to ensure they haven’t become clogged. Dirty air filters can affect the performance of your engine and climate control system. If you drive in heavy traffic or dusty conditions often, one or both of your air filters may need to be replaced.

9. Inspect Your Belts

A series of rubber belts in your car engine are responsible for driving many of your vehicle’s core systems such as the alternator and the power steering. Over time, they can start to show wear and tear and become stretched out or otherwise compromised. Consult your vehicle manual for a precise timing schedule for when you should check your belts, as it differs from one manufacturer to another.

 10. Align Your Wheels

If you find your car pulling in a certain direction when you aren’t touching the wheel or having to turn the wheel to drive straight, your tires may be out of alignment. This can be caused by sitting potholes or driving on particularly rough roads and can lead to unusual wear patterns on your tires. Most repair centers can realign your wheels for you and get you back driving on the straight and narrow.

Keeping Your Car Running Great with MAS Repair

Even with the best of maintenance, your car will most likely still need some repairs eventually. When that time comes, don’t over pay at expensive dealerships or overpriced service centers. Contact us at MAS Repair’s Duluth shop for quality help you can trust.

Every part repaired by our technicians is covered by our Lifetime Warranty and 100% money-back guarantee. Plus, we repair, test and have restored auto parts ready to go within 24 hours of receiving them.

Start your repair today! Call our expert MAS Repair technicians at 678-228-8422.