“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Taking your car in for routine maintenance is often a ”small” detail that gets overlooked. Why is this?
For some, taking your car in is the equivalent to a dentist appointment or filing your taxes; a necessary but tedious (and potentially more expensive than planned) part of life. For others, it just may not seem all that pressing. That is, until all of a sudden smoke is pouring out from under your hood (true story)!
While you do need to make sure your vehicle is seen on a normal basis, there are some easy things you can do at home yourself. The instructions for any of these can be found in your owner’s manual.
Those little yellow or red lights that all of a sudden pop up on your dash? Yeah. Do not ignore those! This is the #1 tip for a reason. These little lights don’t (usually) come on for no reason. You can find all the symbols, their meanings, and what to do in your manual.
Your vehicle generates heat. Oils of various kinds are used to eliminate any excess heat. Two that you can check are your engine oil and your coolant. When checking your engine oil, make sure your vehicle is cooled down and parked level. Once you have located the dipstick, be sure to wipe it off before testing. This will ensure an accurate reading. Engine oil is light. If you notice a darker tint, it may be time for an oil change.
Coolant levels are also crucial. Failure to check coolant levels can lead to an overheated vehicle & smoke pouring out from under the hood as previously mentioned. Luckily, it is easy to check and top off if needed.
Tire Pressure and Tread
Inside your manual, there is a recommended amount of tire pressure for your vehicle. It can also be located on the tire itself. While you’re there, you may as well check the tread. If the patterns are starting to look more and more smooth, you’re going to want to consider tires on your near future. Tread keeps you grounded through all sorts of weather. Without tread, face serious chances of an accident. Keep yourself safe with this simple little detail!
All 3 of these can be done at the same time. Make your life simpler by picking a day of the week and time to take care of your vehicle. The best day would be one you know you generally don’t have to rush somewhere. Check early in the morning before going to work on Wednesday or maybe Saturday morning while the kids are still asleep.
There are probably a million other small things you can check or tinker with. These there are just a sample of ways you can help keep your vehicle running smooth and safe. And while they do contribute to the overall health, they shouldn’t replace routine maintenance. Your vehicle is your money-maker. Take good care of it so it can keep helping you take care of what matters most.