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Keys to Routine Vehicle Maintenance

Your car is probably an important part of your life. It Get you to work, takes you on a road trips, and gets the kids to soccer practice.  Maintaining your vehicle is essential in order to keep it running well. If you don’t maintain it, you may end up having to take care of costly repairs. I’m sure you have a mechanic you like in Coralville Iowa, but you probably don’t want to go see him or her. Here are the keys to routine vehicle maintenance. 

1.  Check your tire pressure every week. It may not seem important, but properly inflated tires help with gas mileage. Underinflated tires also have a better chance of popping. You can find the proper tire pressure for your car in either the owner’s manual or the doorjamb of the driver’s door.  While you’re checking your tire pressure be sure to inspect the tires for wear in the treads, nails, and punctures. 

2.  Check your oil levels regularly. Ideally every two weeks if you can. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and even when it’s low your car it will act differently.  Refill your oil if it’s running low and make sure to get an oil change every 7 to 10,000 miles. Always check your oil before any long trip. 

3.  Check your cars coolant levels every week to two weeks. Make sure that you wait until your engine is cold before checking. You run the risk of getting burned if the engine is hot. Coolant ensures that your car doesn’t overheat so it’s important to make sure that you have enough at all times.  If you live in an area that has cold-weather be sure to check your antifreeze before winter. 

4.  Check all your lights once a month. Newer cars have indicators to let you know when most lights are out, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You may get a fix it ticket if the light is out. The broken light can also increase the likeliness of an accident as other drivers may not know if you’re braking or turning. 

5. Have your mechanic refill your hydraulic fluid reserve for power steering whenever you bring your vehicle in for service. After that make sure you check the fluid levels about every month.  If it’s slow you should be able to find the proper fluid at your local auto parts store.