As we quickly roll into 2022, it is hard to believe that another year has passed. During the height of the pandemic, many of us let things slide – mostly out of necessity. Although you have probably put less mileage on your car over the past year and a half than you would have in normal times, it might still be time for a check-up. Every car has a different maintenance schedule, but not many car owners pay attention to their owner’s manual. Instead, they only take their car in when the dashboard light comes on or the oil change sticker says it’s time. Regular maintenance is the only way to keep your car performing optimally. So when was the last time you had yours checked by an import shop?
The treads on your tires are what grip the road. Over time, those treads will begin to wear and become “bald.” Your tires need to be inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications to keep you safe and to increase your gas mileage; they also need to have enough tread left to avoid a blowout, which at high speeds could be dangerous!
Changing Oil and Oil Filter
Oil is one of the most critical things that your car needs. It helps to lubricate the many engine parts from rubbing against one another and causing friction that will ultimately lead to excessive wear and tear. Every car has different instructions about when to change your oil, the filter, and which oil you should use. Don’t assume that the sticker on your dash is entirely correct. Take the time to read through your manual to verify that you are on schedule and have the right type of oil.
Most cars require that you change the air filter once or twice a year, but each car is different and it also depends on how many miles you drive. When you get your oil changed, the technician will automatically look at the air filter and advise you whether it needs to be replaced or not.
Your car requires more than just engine oil. It also needs transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. It is important to check all the fluid levels regularly to ensure that you have enough for your car to run optimally and safely.
Feel and Listen for Brake Problems
The brakes are arguably the most important feature of the car. When they begin to wear down or when they have an issue, they can sometimes begin to squeak. Even if they do not, a trained technician can apply pressure to the brakes to determine whether you need brake work or not.
Wiper blades are one of those functions on a car that you generally don’t know isn’t working properly until you need them to. And by then you are on the road, and things can get dangerous. The best way to make sure that your wiper blades are fully functional is to test them often and check that they are working correctly before you hit the road.
Check for Battery Corrosion
The main thing that you want to pay attention to with the battery is that the terminals do not have corrosion. If you see any building up, make a solution of baking soda and water and a wire brush. The corrosion should come off easily.
The new year is quickly approaching, which will make your car a year older. If it has been a while since you have had your car maintained, don’t assume that everything is fine. It is critical to read your owner’s manual so that you know when it is time to take your vehicle in. At Japanese Import Pros, we are the import car specialists you can trust to maintain and repair your car with competitive prices and specialized expertise. Make your maintenance appointment today with our import shop!