In rural America cars are absolutely essential to our everyday lives. When you need to head to work or the market, you walk out to your car and expect it to start right up. To keep your car running and avoid potentially costly breakdowns, you should get into the habit of conducting these regular vehicle maintenance tasks.
- Change the oil and oil filter. Oil lubricates the engine keeping important parts from grinding. If not changed regularly, oil can also damage your engine by accumulating contaminants and causing friction.
- Check your tires monthly. They must be properly inflated to do their job. To find out how much air pressure your tires should have, find the placard located on the driver’s door jam or look in the owner’s manual.
- Regularly inspect all other fluids. Motor oil isn’t the only fluid your car uses to help run properly. Your car has brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, washer fluid, and power steering fluid. (CAUTION: Never remove the radiator cap! You risk being scalded. Check the coolant in the nearby transparent refill container.)
- Don’t forget the windshield wipers, the battery, and the air filter! If the windows streak or the wipers screech when they are used, replace them. If the battery terminals are showing some corrosion, use a wire brush with a solution of water and baking soda to remove it. Your air filter may need replaced once or twice a year. Check your air filter every time you change the oil.
This is just a short list of vehicle maintenance items. If you are uncomfortable performing these tasks, visit your local auto mechanic. There are a lot of great mechanics in the Fulton County area. They will be happy to assist you! One last item that should be inspected regularly, your auto insurance policy!
Give Jankowski Agency Inc. a call at 518-883-3415, or text us at 518-888-3054 to review your auto insurance policy. Visit us online at https://jankowskiinsurance.com/.