Now is the time of year to start or get back into good habits. Make 2016 the year you add vehicle maintenance to your list of resolutions. Preventive car and tire care will not only protect and prolong the life of your vehicle and tires, it also means safer travels for you and your passengers.
Here are three important auto maintenance resolutions that will keep your vehicle performing at its best, while operating more safely and efficiently.
Check Tread Depth & Tire Pressure
Sufficient tire tread is essential for tire safety. Check the tread depth by using the penny test two or three times a year to make sure your tires are safe and wearing evenly.
Be sure to check your tire pressure monthly. The right pressure for your vehicle’s tires will be found in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that it is best to check pressure when the tires are cool. Don’t forget to also check the pressure of your spare tire.
Tire Balancing & Rotation
Make sure that tire balancing and tire rotation are part of your regular schedule of recommended service. Tire balancing assures a smooth ride and promotes even tire wear by correctly adjusting the wheel weight distribution around the vehicle. Tire rotation is an important maintenance step that will greatly extend the life of your tires. Refer to your owner’s manual tire rotation recommendations to ensure proper tread wear.
Stay on Schedule with Preventative Maintenance
The best way to assure your vehicle performs at optimal levels is to stay current with recommended preventative maintenance services. Just as we need regular check-ups to maintain good health, our vehicles need regular inspection and maintenance to catch potential problems before they become serious issues. The following is a list of common maintenance items. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the recommended services and schedule for your vehicle.
- Oil Change
- Brake Inspection
- Exhaust System
- Check Belts & Hoses
- Filters – Air and Fuel
- Battery & Cables
- Fluid Checks – Power Steering and Brake
- Coolant Flush and Replacement
- Windshield Washer Fluid & Wiper Blades
Start 2016 by setting up a solid car care routine. You will drive with added confidence knowing that you are traveling safely and efficiently wherever the road takes you. Contact Raben Tire to schedule your services.