Auto Care Tips
Ensuring your vehicle is regularly maintained is the best thing you can do as a vehicle owner to ensure it has a long lifespan. However, there are some basic vehicle maintenance things that you can do in-between tune-ups. Here are a few basic auto care tips from the experts at D & S Automotive in St. John’s to help you get started:
A “Six-Point Vehicle Check” checks the following items: battery, antifreeze, brakes, tires, oil and wiper blades. These items are especially important to check before driving in wintry conditions to ensure your safety, as cold weather can have a negative impact upon all of them. When your windshield wiper blades need replaced, rain and snow can severely impact your ability to drive safely – replace them often.
The recommended time intervals in between oil changes will vary according to your vehicle’s make and model and how often you drive your vehicle. However, the basic rule of thumb is you should change your oil at least every 3,000 miles or every three months. If you don’t ever change your oil, your vehicle’s engine will get dirtier and dirtier, forcing it to work harder. This could eventually lead to overheating and avoidable damages.
It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure often, especially during the colder winter months. Remember, as the temperatures drop, so can your tire pressure in an instant. And looks can be very deceiving – even if they appear to be properly inflated, they can still be low on air.
While it’s natural for your headlights to dim over time, it’s recommended that you replace them long before burnout. Changing a vehicle’s headlight bulb is usually simple and doesn’t require a professional. Even if it’s just one of them that needs replaced, it’s a good idea to swap them out in pairs to ensure an even field of vision.
There’s only one way to ensure your wheels are aligned properly and that’s to get them checked. Getting your tires rotated can also help you get the most out of them. Most tire manufacturers recommend getting a tire rotation every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. However, you can always consult your owner’s manual to make sure you’re not overdue for one.
Unless otherwise indicated by your manufacturer, the average lifespan for a car battery is about four years. However, there are a few things you can check to ensure your battery remains in peak condition: battery water levels, terminal, bracket and the tray condition.
Have questions about vehicle maintenance in St. John’s? Contact D & S Automotive and one of our experts would be more than happy to help!