Automotive Maintenance Tips for Glendale Drivers

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Maintaining a proper automotive maintenance schedule is crucial for keeping your vehicle running longer. Most of your routine maintenance will likely be done at a service center like ours at Rocky's Auto Credit. There are a few things that you can do at home and keep an eye on to make sure your vehicle stays running. You can also reference your owner’s manual to get the most specific maintenance schedule for your vehicle or contact our team to get a good idea of how to care for your vehicle.

 

 

What You Should Know | Automotive Maintenance Tips

Keep Track of Maintenance

Keep a record of all the maintenance done on your vehicle, from oil changes to light bulb changes, this will help you manage your automotive maintenance schedule in the future.

The Owner’s Manual

Your owner’s manual is the ultimate guide to your vehicle. This will help you check that everything is running optimally.

Doing a Vehicle Inspection

Check out your owner’s manual and learn about the basics of what you should be able to identify. You’ll soon notice you’ll be able to identify the signs of leaks or flat tires and have them fixed before it gets serious.

Check Your Engine Oil Level

Your engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, and it reduces friction, overheating, and excessive wear in the engine. Your owner’s manual can help you locate your dipstick to check the oil levels. You should also check the color of the oil, as a darker color is a sign the oil needs a change.

Check Your Engine Coolant

Locate the coolant reservoir and confirm the coolant levels are where they need to be. This is good practice before you head out to an unfamiliar area as you don’t want to be left stranded far from home because of your engine running low on coolant.

Inspect the Engine Air Filter

Check your engine air filter regularly to be sure there’s no debris clogging the filter, it will need to be replaced if it is clogged or dirty.

Keep an Eye On Your Tires

You can buy a tire pressure gauge so that you can monitor your vehicle’s tire pressure easily and efficiently. Check your tires to be sure they are at the proper level, and be sure the treads aren’t too worn down by using a penny. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head when the penny is facing down in the tread, then you need to replace the tires.

Use the Proper Fuel

Every vehicle has a recommended octane rating. When you are filling up at the pump, keep your eye on the rating, because using a lower octane level could cause issues or reduced performance.

Check Your Light Bulbs

Illuminating your drives properly is crucial to the safety of yourself and others on the road. Frequently check each bulb and replace the ones that aren’t properly working.

Inspect Windshield Wipers

When you’re experiencing bad weather in Phoenix or Tempe you want to be sure your windshield wipers are working properly. If they aren’t then you’ll need to replace them. This is an easy fix, so there’s no need to worry.

Get Automotive Maintenance Tips and Tricks at Rocky's Auto Credit

Check out our maintenance tips and tricks to learn more about how to properly care for your vehicle. If you need help with any routine maintenance, contact our team today for professional advice. We’re happy to help you keep your vehicle road-ready. If you are on the hunt for a dependable pre-owned ride for your Mesa adventures, you can count on Rocky's Auto Credit.

 

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