New Year’s Resolutions…For Your Car
Here we are well into January of the new year…and everyone has resolutions (if they haven’t already broken them). For many folks, it’s the usual stuff like losing weight, getting more exercise, eating better, not procrastinating, etc. etc.
How about some New Year’s resolutions for your car? They can pay off with longer life out of your vehicle and lower repair bills down the line. Things like:
· Wash and wax: It’s a pretty great feeling to be headed down the road in a clean, shiny car, but a fresh wash and wax is more important than just for appearance's sake. It helps protect your car’s finish and will make it easier to shed ice, snow, grime, salt and road chemicals (after all, winter’s not over) and can keep rust from getting a foothold on the sheet metal. A good coat of wax is an investment in your car’s future.
· Tire rotation: You should be doing this one anyway, but too often we tend to forget it. Since no vehicle has 50/50 weight distribution from front to rear, tire rotations are essential to ensure even tire wear for all four tires. What’s more, tire warranties require regular rotations, and failing to stick to a rotation schedule can invalidate the treadwear warranty. Rotations should be done about every 6,000 miles, which handily brings us to our next point…
· Oil change: Chances are you already know that regular oil changes are essential to long engine life. They reduce friction and wear, prevent sludge and carbon buildup and generally keep the inside of your engine cleaner and running better. With conventional motor oil, the oil and filter should be changed at about 5,000 mile intervals. Since your vehicle will already be up on a lube rack, with all four wheels off the ground, why not schedule a tire rotation and oil change at the same time?
· Cooling system flush: The antifreeze in your radiator, mixed 50/50 with distilled water, does more than protect the engine against freezeups and boilovers. It also contains anti-corrosion agents to head off the buildup of scale on internal engine passages and water jackets, the water pump and the coils of the radiator. Scale and corrosion can even cause your heater core to fail by plugging its valves and coils. Cooling system flushes should be performed at regular intervals, along with a pressure test to check the radiator, hoses and clamps for leaks or weak spots.
· Brake service: Most Americans put 12-15,000 miles a year on their cars…and if you were to put a tally counter on the brake pedal, that would come out to about 75,000 applications of the brakes over a year’s time! The friction surfaces of brake pads are hard and wear down so gradually that it can be hard to actually notice signs of worn brakes. Still, it’s a good idea to have the pads, rotors and surfaces inspected and checked at regular intervals.
This is a brief rundown of a few things you can treat your car to for New Year’s. At Joe’s Tires and Service in New Martinsville, WV, we know that it’s easy to just forget or neglect routine preventive maintenance. After all, when your vehicle’s running great, you just tend to take that kind of thing for granted. Preventive maintenance is just what the name implies, though – it prevents and heads off problems down the road. The choice is yours, whether you want to spend a little money now or a whole lot of money later.
Don’t put off routine maintenance items this New Year. Make an appointment with us and let our techs help make sure your car’s in good shape for years to come.
|New Year’s Resolutions…For Your Car was written by Clarke Jamison of Joes Tires and Service|