Understandably, everybody wants to save money, particularly when the economy takes a downturn. Your vehicle is likely one of your larger investments, so you need to protect it. You may feel the need to watch the bottom line. Perhaps these two notions seem to oppose each other at first. In reality, however, they are compatible ideas. If you take good care of your car by performing routine preventive maintenance services, you save money in repairs and extend the vehicle’s life. For all your service and repair needs, rely on the certified technicians at Dave’s Ultimate Automotive in Cedar Park, Texas.
Sometimes customers want to know if we have any tips they can follow for car care. Sure, we do, and we’re glad to share a few pointers with you. First, change the oil regularly. Engine oil serves three essential functions: lubricating the moving metal parts to reduce damage-causing friction, absorbing some of the heat and removing it from the engine, and suspending debris and dirt to keep harmful particles away from the parts they can damage. As oil ages, it breaks down, preventing it from doing its job well and putting your engine at risk of sludge formation. Another key maintenance point is monitoring fluids. Be sure to check the coolant, motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid, topping them off between changes if necessary.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on your tires. Underinflated tires can lead to excessive wear, a potential blowout from overheating, and decrease fuel efficiency. (However, you should not over-inflate the tires.) Make sure the tires have sufficient tread depth and have them rotated and balanced on a regular schedule. Replace the air filter (as necessary), too. If the air filter becomes clogged, the engine has to work harder and may run less efficiently. While this applies to the engine’s air, it’s also a good idea to monitor the cabin air filter which impacts the air you and your passengers breathe. Additionally, have your brakes checked at an interval you and your mechanic deem appropriate, but see them sooner if you notice any issues. Finally, inspect safety components such as windshield wipers and lights regularly, remedying any issues immediately.
Even though most vehicle owners want to take care of their cars, keeping all these tasks performed may seem a bit daunting to the average driver. However, you need not worry if you live in the Cedar Park, Texas, area. Dave’s Ultimate Automotive is here to help you with all your preventive maintenance service needs, saving you money, time, and headaches.