Here at Johnston’s Automotive, we want your vehicles to be well taken care of, and car maintenance is how you can start. Our automotive technicians want to explain a bit about the steps you can take by yourself to ensure that your vehicle is in the best shape possible.
Preventative car maintenance is the name of the game for our Phoenix repair shop! Though there are things that most people simply cannot do at home, there are quite a few things that can be done that only take a few moments and extend the life of your vehicle by years. Checking fluid levels on a regular basis is a huge help to maintaining the health of your engine. These simple checks can help you identify leaks or other problems in the early stages. With early detection of small vehicle problems, we can correct them before the small problems become big problems.
Easily forgotten but extremely important to your vehicle is your engine oil. If your vehicle is running low, fill it up! If the oil appears dirty or has a foul smell, you should have it changed. Changing the oil filter is another important step in maintaining your vehicle’s health, and this type of car maintenance is best left to the experts.
Tires are another part of at-home car maintenance. Checking your tires for uneven wear is a great way to notice if something is amiss. Odd and uneven tire wear is an indication that your alignment or suspension calibrations are incorrect. If you notice this, let our professionals take a look at the problem and have it solved immediately. Allowing your tires to wear down unnaturally can cause a tire’s strength to become compromised and increase the danger of a blow out. Additionally, spending money on new tires more often than you need to is just a waste of cash.
One thing that many folks often pass over is the coolant in their radiator. Running your car without engine coolant is like trying to run a triathlon while dehydrated; you may start off just fine but it’s only a matter of time before you overheat and need to stop entirely. To check your engine coolant, take a look at the levels in the reserve tank. Don’t remove the cap to the radiator unless the car has been sitting for several hours and is completely cooled down. Otherwise you could have scalding hot water gushing all over yourself and the car.
Inspecting your battery’s health is another quick process you can do at your leisure. Checking the terminals or posts is a good idea. If corrosion has built up on these terminals, it may have been caused by a leak of acid around the terminal. Left unchecked and unfixed, you may not even be able to start your vehicle.
Automatic and manual transmission fluid should also be another part of your home car maintenance checks. Look at the fluid level and condition on a regular basis. Inspecting these fluid levels is necessary when it comes to identifying a possible leaking transmission, and poor fluid condition will cause rapid wear. As we all know, transmission problems quickly rack up a painful bill. There are several other checks that are important to increasing the life cycle of your vehicle.
Most of these car maintenance steps should be taken on a monthly basis at the very least, especially with Phoenix’s warmer temperatures. Performing these checks before you take a long trip is definitely advisable. Letting a professional mechanic at Johnston’s Automotive go through the whole process will save you time. Let us be the ones to ensure that your driving experience is rewarding and pleasurable. After all, we love your cars as much as you do. If you need further evaluation of your car’s maintenance, reach out to our technicians for an appointment today!