In order for a car to run at its best, it needs continued service and maintenance. At your local automotive repair shop, you can have everything from oil changes to wheel re-alignment performed to keep your vehicle in top condition. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important components of car maintenance.
- Fluid Levels
There are a variety of different fluids a car needs to perform properly, and checking fluid levels often is an essential part of car maintenance. The engine requires the right amount of oil to lubricate its moving parts. Without this oil, the engine can seize, resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs. Transmissions also need fluid in order to function, and without the proper volume of fluid, your transmission will be sluggish and prone to breakdown.
- Tire Pressure
Having the right volume of air in your tires is also an important component of automotive maintenance. The right tire pressure will maximize the efficiency and handling of your vehicle, which is invaluable in emergency maneuvering situations. Inside the driver’s side door, you can find a table with the appropriate PSI rating for your vehicle’s tires
- Belts and Hoses
Belts should be checked for wear often. A broken belt can cause damage to other essential parts of the car, including the engine. Your owner’s manual will have information related to the mileage restrictions of your belts and when they should be replaced. Once a month, pop the hood and look for unusual wear and tear on the timing belt and drive belts of the engine.
In addition to checking in the engine compartment, you should also have a look underneath it for leaks and dripping fluids. Often, the fluid gathering under your car is nothing more than condensation from the air conditioner, but if you spot red fluid or oil, then your transmission or engine could be leaking and should checked by a professional mechanic.
No one knows more about automotive repair and tire sales than DeKalb Tire. When your car needs wheel alignment, basic maintenance, or a complete overhaul, call us at (404) 252-9895. You can also visit our website for additional information.