DIY Vehicle Service
By Integra Tire Canada
Are you someone who loves DIY? You’d rather make it yourself, grow it yourself, or fix it yourself? Although many services to your vehicle should be done by a professional at your local Integra Tire, there are some things that are easy for you to do at home! Keeping an eye on your vehicle all throughout the year can save you time and money down the road, so here are a few items that you can check yourself regularly:
Check Your Tire Pressure
Checking your tire pressure is something you should do regularly and before any road trip. Always check your tire pressure in the morning when your tires are cold. You’ll need to know what PSI (pounds per square inch) that is recommended for your tires. You’ll be able to find that information on the sticker on your driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual. Once you know what PSI your tires should be set to, get your tire pressure gauge, unscrew the cap of the valve stem on your tire, and press the tire gauge into the valve stem. You will get a reading on the tire gauge. If the reading is lower than the recommended number, add air to your tires. If the number is higher than recommended, let some air out of your tires.
Watch our step-by-step instruction guide on how to check your tire pressure here:
Top Up Your Fluids
Your car’s fluids are vital for it to work properly, so it’s important than none of these get too low. One of the fluids that is easy for you to check is your windshield washer fluid. You’ll find your windshield washer fluid reservoir under your hood; it will have a windshield icon on it. The reservoir is usually clear, so you can easily see if it needs to be filled. If you notice it is getting low, you can buy windshield washer fluid at any local gas station or automotive store. Use a funnel so you don’t spill any of it. Another fluid that is easy to check is your oil. When checking your oil, make sure that your vehicle is on a level surface and that your engine is off. Open your hood and look for a stick with a large loop on the end; this is called a dipstick. Pull the dipstick out of the reservoir and wipe it with a clean rag. Then stick the dipstick back in the reservoir, pull it back out, and take note of where the oil line is. If the oil line is below the fill line on your dipstick, then you need to add oil. You should have your oil changed once a year or every 5,000 – 10,000km, depending on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Low fluids can also be a sign of a leak, so if you notice that any of your fluids are getting low quickly, bring your vehicle to your local Integra Tire to have it inspected.
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Check Your Tread Depth
Checking your tread depth each season is important to ensure you get where you’re going safely. Once your tread depth gets too low, your tires will be more susceptible to punctures and blowouts. Checking your tread depth is easy! Take a tread depth gauge and put it in your tire’s tread. If it measures 2/32” or less, then it is time to replace your tires. You can also use a toonie to indicate your tread depth. Place the toonie in your tire’s tread, and if your tire tread reaches only about half-way into the letters, it’s time to shop for new tires.
These are simple ways you can keep your vehicle in a safe and proper working condition. If you ever have any issues with your vehicle, your local Integra Tire is always here to help!
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