Tips for Sticking to Your Vehicle Maintenance Resolution
By Integra Tire Canada
The new year is here, and it brings with it all sorts of new and exciting adventures. Is your vehicle ready to take on all the new year brings? If you’re unsure – you should consider setting your vehicle maintenance New Year’s resolution! Vehicle maintenance is one of the most important parts of being a responsible driver. Not only does it ensure that your car is running safely and efficiently, but it can also save you money in the long run. Not to mention, your vehicle will be running better than ever if you keep up on your maintenance. In this week’s guide, we’ll explore some tips for keeping your vehicle in top condition and ready for its next adventure.
Tip #1: Get Regular Oil Changes
It’s no secret that getting regular oil changes can help keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. After all, oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Oil helps to keep the engine parts moving smoothly, which can help to prevent damage and increase the lifespan of the engine. In addition to lubricating the engine, oil also helps to cool and clean it by carrying away dirt and debris. No matter the age of your vehicle, getting regular oil changes is an easy and important way to make sure your car is running at its best, because oil can be become contaminated with dirt and debris over time. In addition to regular oil changes, you should also check your oil regularly to make sure it is at the correct level. Doing so can help prevent engine damage, making sure you get the most out of your vehicle.
Tip #2: Have Your Tires Inspected Regularly
Keeping your vehicle’s tires in check is an important part of vehicle maintenance, after all, your tires are where your vehicle meets the road! Tires affect the way you drive, the fuel economy of your vehicle, and even the level of safety you experience when you’re on the road. Make sure to include tire inspections in your vehicle maintenance routine and you’ll be sure to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape all year round. To inspect your tires, you should first check the tread depth by using a tread depth gauge, you should have at least 6/32 of tread for the tires to be safe and effective. You should also look for any visible damage, such as cuts, bulges, or cracks in the sidewall. It’s also a good idea to check the tire pressure and make sure it is at the recommended level, which can be found in the owner’s manual or on the tire itself. Additionally, you should check the wheels for any damage or looseness. If you notice any issues with your tires or wheels, it’s important to address them promptly to ensure the safety of your vehicle.
Tip #3: Check Your Various Other Fluids
Check Your Fluids! Keeping an eye on your vehicle’s fluids is an easy but important step of vehicle maintenance. This can include oil levels, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and radiator coolant – these are all key to keeping your vehicle running. Always make sure you are on a level surface, and always consult your vehicle manual on how to check a fluid. The methods for doing so can vary – especially with foreign manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes. If you’re not sure how to check fluids, your local Integra Tire can help. We also have a library of content throughout our website to help.
Tip #4: Follow Your Vehicle Manual’s Maintenance Schedule
Don’t neglect your manual – it’s not just a boring book of instructions, it’s a valuable resource that can keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. In fact – for vehicles under warranty, your warranty may be contingent on the fact that you follow the manufacturer’s recommended warranty to a tee! These tasks are typically fairly basic, such as oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections, and are often performed at regular intervals. When it comes time to sell or trade-in your car, a thorough maintenance history can be a selling point and potentially increase the resale value. Services like Carfaxx allow potential buyers to view the maintenance history of your vehicle, and it often makes or breaks your trade-in value.
The Benefits of Vehicle Maintenance
Sticking to a vehicle maintenance resolution is a great way to save money, time, and a lot of troubles in the long run. Regular maintenance helps ensure your vehicle is running at peak performance, keeping you safe on the road and ready for whatever adventures life brings. Not only will you get better fuel efficiency, but you’ll also reduce the likelihood of costly repairs in the future. Plus, a well-maintained vehicle looks great and will retain its value over time.
Questions? Our Advisors are Happy to Help!If you have questions about anything you've read in this resource page, contact your nearest Integra Tire dealer for more information. We are passionate in assisting our customers make the best choices to keep their vehicles in tip-top shape and keep their families safe.
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