29 Jan Car Maintenance
The Do’s and Don’ts of Car Maintenance
Any responsible vehicle owner should know to keep track of their car maintenance routines. Vehicle owner manuals detail when services–including oil change, transmission flush, timing belt replacement, etc–should be performed. The mileage points for these services varies depending on the make of the car, but recommended intervals generally fall into a neat range in which owners should take their cars in for maintenance. The majority of people in the United States are dependent on cars as their mode of transportation. As such, it is important to keep these tips for car maintenance in mind:
DO check your fluids regularly: Even if you don’t learn to change the power steering fluid or even wiper fluid, at least learn how to check fluid levels. Most fluid can be checked using a dipstick, which has markings that indicate optimal levels. If the level is too low, either add more, or try to figure out the cause. Never ignore a leak.
DO take your car into the auto shop if you suspect something is not right: Most car owners are not mechanics, and so don’t have the specialized knowledge to know what’s wrong with their car. If you notice any problems while driving–strange sounds, strange smells, or difficulty in smooth operation–take your car to the repair shop! Don’t let the problem become worse.
DO keep a record of what services were done at what mileage: Maintaining a record of services will keep you on track for scheduling future maintenances, and if you ever plan on selling car, show potential buyers that the car was well taken care of.
DON’T wait until it’s too late to take care of your car!: Many people ignore proper maintenance procedures and end up regretting it later. Small problems could lead to expensive failures if not taken care of early. Be smart and don’t let any problems drag on. Don’t be the fool who has to foot an expensive repair bill because of laziness or negligence!
Preventative car maintenance is the best way to keep car troubles away. One of the most overlooked services is changing the transmission fluid. Manufacturers recommend changing transmission fluid every 30,000 miles, but many owners go for years without being aware of this fact. At West Coast Transmissions, we promise to provide the best transmission maintenance service for your car. If you have not changed your transmission fluid before, or are experiencing any transmission problems, don’t hesitate to call us to set up an appointment!
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