Cars are expensive and we depend on them for everything, so, here are 10 tips to help your car last longer with help from Mountain View Automotive in Thornton. By following some simple suggestions you can extend the life of your vehicle.
Try to avoid sudden stops and starts, high speeds, and sharp corners. This kind of driving can put undue stress on your car, including wearing out your car brakes.
Keep the interior and exterior clean
It’s not just a matter of appearance to keep your car’s interior and exterior clean. Dirt and dust on your car can cause undue wear to your car’s surfaces. You should wash your car’s exterior often. The interior should also get some cleaning attention because it will help prevent problems like cracked leather or scratched dashes.
Read the owner’s manual
Every car has different needs depending on the particular make and model. Read the car’s owner’s manual and follow the recommended maintenance schedules and other advice for your specific car.
Schedule regular oil changes
It is very important to make sure you change your oil according to your owner’s manual (usually every 3,000 to 5,000 miles). When a car’s oil level is low or the oil is dirty, it will add friction between the moving parts. This will cause wear and tear on the engine.
Check all the fluids
You need to pay attention to all of your car’s fluids, not just the oil. Our mechanics will check your car’s transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant.
Replace the air filter
You need to replace the air filter about every 12,000 miles. Dust and dirt can gather on the air filter and affect your car’s gas mileage and engine performance.
Check the tire pressure
Don’t forget to ask us to check your tire pressure. If your tires are inflated to within 5 PSI of the recommended pressure levels it can improve your gas mileage and the handling of your car. You can find your car’s recommended tire pressure on the side of each tire, on a label inside your the door jamb, or in your owner’s manual. You can also ask one of our auto technicians.
Take care of minor repairs right away
If you notice something about your car is just not right, whether it doesn’t run the same, or there’s a sound or smell that never used to be there, you need to take care of it right away. Don’t wait to see if it will go away because it won’t. Bring it into our automotive technicians at Mountain View Automotive. We can diagnose and repair whatever the problem is. It will save you money and prevent more damage later on.
Park in the shade or covered lots
The sun can damage your car’s surfaces, so we suggest you always try to park your vehicle in the shade or in covered lots and carports. This will help stop the bleaching to your interior’s upholstery and damage to the car’s exterior paint.
Take longer trips
Starting and stressing your engine when it is cold can harm your car’s mechanical elements. So take longer trips if you can to make sure the engine gets warm and is properly lubricated.
Our goal is to keep your car running well for a long time. If you use these 10 tips to help your car last longer, you will be ahead of the game. Our automotive experts will help you with all your regular maintenance and repairs at Mountain View Automotive in Thornton. Feel free to schedule an appointment or stop by the shop.