HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR CAR
When it comes to learning how to maintain your car, it’s all about preventative maintenance. In fact, preventative maintenance is arguably the most important step you can take to protect your vehicle and investment. Automotive preventative maintenance includes all of the services, inspections, and cleanings that you should have performed on your vehicle to ensure it functions properly and at the highest level possible.
At Boyle Buick GMC, we are proud to offer a state-of-the-art service center with highly-trained technicians. Our repair professionals and maintenance technicians are skilled at performing an array of preventative maintenance and repair services on Buicks, GMCs, and Chevrolets.
While we specialize in GM vehicles, we also offer experience with virtually every other make and model of vehicle. No matter the make or model, our goal is to ensure your vehicle continues to perform as well as the day you drove it home. Let’s take a closer look at a few key steps you should take to protect your vehicle and wallet.
Your Oil Is Critical
Just as blood courses through your veins, your vehicle’s lifeline is motor oil. Motor oil is responsible for several vital tasks within your motor and powertrain. For instance, motor oil works to:
• Lubricate key engine parts and components
• Provide protection from wear, tear, oxidation, and rust.
• Remove impurities and help clean the engine
• Work as a coolant to keep parts cool
• Acts as a dynamic seal in key locations
• Cushion the blow of mechanical shock
• And more
Because of the several duties tasked to motor oil, the key nutrients in it will degrade and break down over time. This is why it’s vital to have your oil changed regularly according to the manufacturer’s suggested intervals. While most people automatically assume they should have their oil changed every 3,000 miles, this may not be the case for your vehicle.
Make sure you familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual and always refer to it for specifics concerning oil change intervals, oil type, oil filters, and other key information. If you can’t seem to find it, the team at Boyle Buick GMC can and will help.
Service Your Tires
As the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the pavement, your tires play an unparalleled role. In addition to having sufficient tread, it’s important to make sure your tires are wearing evenly. In the event you notice low tread on the tires, make sure to replace them because worn tires can be extremely dangerous. The technicians at Boyle Buick GMC can inspect your tires to help determine if your treads are at a safe and acceptable level.
You can extend the life of your tires by strategically investing in certain tire maintenance services:
• Tire rotation is the practice of strategically moving your tires and wheels from one position to another. This helps ensure even tire wear and can extend the life of your tires.
• Tire balancing is similar to a tuneup for your wheels. It involves ensuring the weight is evenly distributed around the entire circumference of the tire. If your tires are out of balance, they will wear faster, cause vibrating steering wheel, and reduce fuel economy.
• Tire alignment or wheel alignment involves adjusting the suspension of your vehicle to impact the angle the tires contact the road.
Inspect Vehicle Fluids
In addition to motor oil, there are several fluids coursing through your vehicle that are quintessential to its function. It’s important each of these fuels is kept at the appropriate level to ensure your vehicle runs properly. Here are a few of the top fluids that you should keep an eye on:
• Power steering fluid
• Engine oil
• Coolant/ Antifreeze
• Transmission fluid
• Brake fluid
If any of these fluids are leaking, it can negatively impact how your vehicle drives. And if you spot a leak, you should speak to a technician or service underwriter at Boyle Buick GMC.
Change Filters in the Vehicle
While often overlooked, your engine air filter plays an irreplaceable role. A dirty engine air filter can allow pollutants into your engine and negatively impact efficiency. Even worse, if your engine air filter becomes too clogged, it can obstruct air flow, effectively suffocating your engine.
It’s important to have your engine filter inspected and changed as needed. In addition to your engine filter, you should also have your cabin filter regularly inspected and changed as needed or suggested by the manufacturer.
Have Your Battery Inspected
Few things are worse than attempting to start a vehicle with a stalled battery in the blistering winter. Fortunately, you can avoid this unfavorable scenario altogether with regular battery inspections and tests. As a DIY inspection, take time to look at your battery and pay special attention to signs of mineral buildup on the contacts.
If you’re comfortable, you can clean the terminals with a battery cleaning brush. And when you bring your vehicle into Boyle Buick GMC, we’ll conduct a more in-depth battery test to highlight functionality and longevity.
It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts Too!
Few things look better than a sparkling, showroom-clean vehicle. Yet, most people are surprised to learn that keeping your vehicle clean has implications that are much more than aesthetic. In fact, washing your vehicle can help prevent contaminants and pollutants such as tree sap, dirt, dust, salt, bug guts, and other debris from sticking to your vehicle.
Most experts suggest you should wash your vehicle at least once a week to prevent contaminants from penetrating and destroying your paint finish. While washing, it’s a good idea to give your windshield wipers a thorough inspection. If they are no longer achieving the goal of increasing visibility, new windshield wipers are relatively inexpensive.
Contact Boyle Buick GMC for the Best Preventative Auto Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is an inexpensive way to protect your investment, save time, and keep you safe on the road. And the seasoned team of auto service professionals at Boyle Buick GMC can help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you maintain your car.