10 Essential Tasks On Your Vehicle Maintenance Checklist
Whether your car is new or up in age, proper maintenance is critical to keep it running at peak performance. Taking care of your vehicle ensures it runs great and keeps you safe when you’re behind the wheel. Our certified technicians from Kelsey Chevrolet recommend the following checklist to help your car run smoothly.
- Tire Inspection And Maintenance
One of the most important aspects of safety is ensuring your tires are properly maintained. Always ensure your tires have the correct amount of pressure to reduce premature wear and improve fuel efficiency. Rotate tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to extend lifespan and reduce chances of a blowout. It’s generally a good idea to rotate every other oil change.
- Don’t Go Past Your Recommended Oil Change Interval
The foundation of keeping your vehicle’s engine running optimally is to ensure the oil gets changed. Our service center can help you determine which fuel is ideal for your vehicle and remind you when your next oil change should occur. As part of an oil change, we also check and top off fluids like coolant, brake fluid, transmission, and power steering.
- Inspect And Replace Wipers If Needed
Windshield wipers can easily get forgotten about, but they are important. If they are damaged or worn, wipers can quickly reduce your visibility with heavy rains or a storm. This simple task can reduce your chances of an accident.
- Replace Engine Air Filter
Did you know that a dirty air filter can reduce your fuel efficiency? It should be checked and replace if necessary at least once a year, or about 12,000-15,000 miles.
- Check All Lights
Do a thorough check of all your lights, including brakes, headlights, high beams, hazard lights, parking, and inside the cabin. Having functioning lights not only keeps you safe, but you’ll avoid an unwanted ticket if you get pulled over.
- Brake Inspection
If there’s one part of car maintenance you should never put off, it’s making sure your brakes are fully functional. Always make an appointment with our service department immediately if you notice any of the following:
- The brake light turns on your dashboard
- Squealing or grinding noises
- Wobbling while you come to a stop
- Braking doesn’t feel responsive
- Burning smell when you drive
- Keep Your Car Clean
Here in Greendale, IN, your car will be exposed to various exterior elements, including tree sap, bird droppings, wind, rain, sleet, and snow. Cleaning your car regularly will help protect your paint and prevent corroding under the vehicle(and your car will look great too). Don’t forget to apply a coat of wax afterward.
- Check Belts And Hoses
It’s normal for belts and hoses to wear out as your car gets up in age. The rubber can crack, which could put you at risk for a breakdown. When your vehicle gets closer to 100,000 or beyond, include this as part of your maintenance checklist.
- Change Cabin Air Filter
A new cabin air filter can prevent unwanted debris and pollen from getting into the inside of your car. If you suffer from allergies, this simple task can be a lifesaver. Most vehicles will need the cabin air filter replaced between 15,000-30,000 miles. Like your wiper blades, it can be easily forgotten about, but you’ll breathe much easier and have a more pleasant smell in the cabin.
- Review Your Insurance Twice A Year
Many people who have car insurance print out their proof of coverage cards and place them in the glove compartment only to forget about them. Most policies are written six months at a time. You owe it to yourself to check your policy at least twice a year to make any corrections if needed, such as adding new drivers or reworking coverages that could save you money.
Why Have Essential Maintenance Performed By A Professional?
Besides your house, a vehicle is a substantial investment that you want to keep running its best for years to come. Choosing to have your essential maintenance tasks from experts like those from Kelsey Chevrolet ensures the job gets done right. We have a state-of-the-art facility and certified service technicians center that are your one-stop shop for all maintenance needs, including oil changes, tires, brakes, and much more. We’re also excited to provide our customers with service specials on popular maintenance needs to keep your vehicle running its best and save you money. Feel free to make your next appointment online or give us a call.