Car Maintenance and Service Checklist

In order for your car to perform effectively and safely, the proper maintenance is required, which will also help extend the life of your vehicle. Caring for your car is very important and worth the effort because it will ensure that your vehicle continues to run smoothly. Some parts should be checked regularly while others can be checked less often to ensure there are no problems and the following information will help you make sure you’re not forgetting anything on your checklist:

Short Term Check-Ups
Oil and coolant levels should be checked every month because low levels of either one may lead to engine problems. It’s always a good idea to check under the hood of your car because you never know what you’ll find and this is especially important to do before a long road trip so that you can drive with peace of mind. The air filter in your engine should also be checked regularly as it regulates the air that flows into your engine to help keep out dirt and debris. When your air filter is flowing the way it should, it will improve the fuel efficiency of your car, decrease your emissions and help extend the life of your engine.

Tire pressure and tread depth are also incredibly important to check because without proper tires, you will be compromising your safety and fuel efficiency. Not only should you visually inspect your tires every month, you should also check the pressure inside them so that you can drive comfortably. In addition to tires, all of the lights on your vehicle must be functioning properly as this too is a very important aspect of driving safely. Make sure there are no issues with your headlights, turn signals, brake lights or parking lights by checking them regularly.

Long Term Check-Ups
Transmission fluid is what helps all of the moving parts inside of your transmission to function properly, which is why you must get it both checked and changed as needed to prevent damage because a transmission replacement is very expensive. Transmission fluid must be checked for both automatic and manual vehicles. Shock inspection is another aspect that requires attention because it controls the impact and rebound of your car when it passes over a bump and is directly linked to your steering system. This component should be checked roughly about every fifty thousand miles so that you don’t ever lose control when driving.

Your coolant system, spark plugs, battery and windshield wipers should also be checked whenever you feel they are compromised. Seasonal check-ups are also very important as cars have different needs, depending on the season and driving conditions.

Whatever service your car may require, White Rock Auto in Surrey can help. Whether you need auto repair or an oil change, they do it all, so schedule an appointment today and you’ll be driving smoothly and safely in no time!