You may not give your car much of a passing thought until it starts acting up. Every day, you drive it to work, to pick up your kids, to the store, and pretty much everywhere else! You know what it’s like to be stuck without a car while yours is in the shop. Plus, you know the amount of money it can take to repair issues that have been ignored for a while. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to give your ride some regular maintenance. The experts at Joe’s Service Department have put together some tips on getting those extra miles out of your car. And if your car is in need of some expert care, bring it down to our shop ASAP.
1. Get acquainted with your car’s basic systems.
If you’re looking to really get a handle on what you can do to keep your car in good condition, get to know it better. Read through the owner’s manual (most cars have online versions available for easier reading on your iPad), and ask someone who knows cars to help you identify what you need to keep an eye on.
2. Check fluids and tire pressure.
Just like you take your car in for regular oil changes, get in the habit of checking oil and washer fluid levels, and tire pressure. Set reminders on your phone or calendar so you don’t forget.
3. Get your tires rotated regularly.
Tires don’t wear at the same rate. Based on where they are located on the car, they wear differently. By rotating the front and rear tires, you can balance the wear and make them last longer. Most tires should be rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles.
4. Keep it clean, inside and out.
By keeping the outside of the car clean and the inside picked up and wiped down, you’re taking on the first line of defense. You’ll be aware of any rust issues, non-functioning systems in the car, and other potential concerns.
At Joe’s Service Department, our expertise in auto repairs doesn’t stop at oil changes, tune-ups, and standard maintenance. Our Indianapolis auto shop can replace shocks, run diagnostics, and service engines for many makes and models. Give us a call at (317) 405-8456, and ask how we can help get you on the road again.