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Car Maintenance Checklist
Some maintenance items you probably already know, but make it a point to do them regularly. The complete list for your own make and model of car is in your manual. It is important to take the time to read it and create a car maintenance checklist.
Common Maintenance Tasks:
- Check fluids monthly: engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, wiper fluid, etc. Make sure they are clean and full.
- Check tire pressure every month to make sure it is the correct PSI. There is a label in your driver’s doorjamb (or B-Pillar) that gives the correct PSI for your tires.
- Check windshield wipers for lost screws and worn blades. Replace when worn.
- Wash your car as often as possible and wax it once per year. This helps stave off corrosion.
- Take care of repair issues as soon as they reveal themselves. Putting them off can lead to a unnecessary costly repair.
- Take your car to Speed Wrench Garage for bigger maintenance jobs. The mechanic will check for potential upcoming problems that you will not be able to see.
Springtime Auto Tips:
Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. That first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter’s gloom (to say nothing of grit and road salt) is literally washed away. Take out the snow shovel, the gloves, and heavy boots and store them ’til next season. Surely summer can’t be far away.
Some preparation now will help ensure that your summer driving plans go as smoothly as you envision then now. ASE offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer.
- Read the owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedules. (Contact Speed Wrench and schedule an appointment)
- Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in.
- Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual’s recommendations. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.
- If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, look for repair facilities that employ ASE-certified automotive technicians (Speed Wrench is certified by ASE)
- The tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a qualified auto technician.
- Have a marginally operating air conditioner system serviced by a qualified technician to reduce the likelihood of more costly repairs.
- Change the oil and oil filter as specified in owner’s manual. (Properly dispose of used oil.)
- Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended.
- Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold.
- Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs.
- Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to combat summer’s dust and insects.