Don't forget the maintenance! It's the little things that count, and checking a few of these little things off your list will put you ahead of the game, and ease the pain in your wallet. Most maintenance checks only take a minute, and most maintenance tasks can be tackled in an afternoon. Don't maintain your car and you'll pay the price down the road.
Performing a Timing Belt Inspection
A visual inspection of your timing belt is always a good idea. Checking your timing belt every 50,000 miles is important, and changing your timing belt at the manufacturer's designated mileage intervals is a must. Failing to do so can result in bent valves and other expensive engine damage.Why You Should Change Your Wipers Today
Windshield wipers go bad, and when they do you're car's safety suffers. You should replace your windshield wipers at least twice a year, and by installing new windshield wipers you'll be doing yourself and everybody else on the road a favor. Besides, it's so easy to do, you don't have to wait for an oil change or brakes to change your windshield wipers.Perform a Radiator Flush
It's important to keep your car's radiator and cooling system clean. Performing a radiator flush at least once a year stops corrosion from building up in your radiator, keeping things nice and cool. This simple step-by-step car radiator flush is the key to good radiator health.Check Your Power Steering Fluid
There's no reason to drive around with malfunctioning power steering. Got a case of the squeals when you turn the steering wheel? Pretty sure it isn't your brakes? Find out if it's a simple fix by checking your power steering fluid level. It's not just a convenience, it's a safety issue if your power steering fails.Keep Your Brakes at Full Force
There are a few tips you need to know before you check your brake fluid or add a little to the top. Your brakes are sensitive and you could screw things up if you aren't careful. Don't skimp on the maintenance side of your brakes. We'll help make it easy.Clean Battery Posts = Reliable Starting
If your battery posts are all cruddy, systems in your car can grind to a halt electrically. The most important function of your battery is starting the engine, but if your battery is covered with corrosion often times you can't get a good connection, and thus no start. Even with a jump start, you'll be in the same boat next time you get in the car. Cleaning your battery posts doesn't take any time at all, and the rewards can be large.Checking and Filling Your Coolant
Don't let your car run hot because it's low on coolant. It's easy to check the coolant level in your radiator. It should be part of your regular maintenance routine and only takes a second.Get Sparked!
Your car relies on the spark plugs to keep things running smoothly, cleanly and efficiently. Spark plugs wear out , and with them goes your gas mileage and engine power.Plug Wire Check!
A short in your plug wire can cause your car to run rough, affect your gas mileage adversely and even cause dangerous situations under the hood! Regular inspection of the wires will avoid this, just be sure to know what to look for.Top Off Your Washer Fluid
Washer fluid can help keep your windshield clean in the summer and ice-free in the winter. It's easy to top it off so you know you won't run out when you really need some window juice!Checking & Removing Your Wheel Bolts
You should check the tightness of the lug bolts on all four wheels.Inspect Your Brakes!
Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you've even partially lost your brakes in the past, you'll remember the change of underwear that followed. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers while saving you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.When You Need to Add a Quart...
Sometimes you need to top off your engine's oil. It's easy, and doesn't even have to be messy. Follow our tips and you won't make any mistakes.Change Your Air Filter
Your car needs to breathe, and forcing the poor thing to breathe through a thick, smelly sock just isn't fair! Not to mention the effect a clogged air filter has on your gas mileage. Be sure to change your filter on a regular basis.Check Your Oil!
Checking your oil is the single most important thing you can do to extend the life of your car and keep your engine healthy.Check your tire pressure
Keeping your tires filled saves you gas and money and it's easy to check.