In part two of our mini-blog series, we’re going to look at maintenance for your car’s exterior and inside your vehicle. Your car’s exterior has many working parts you may not always think about. Keeping the inside well maintained won’t prevent a break-down, it can help you when it comes time to sell your car.
Your Car’s Exterior
How often to you check the working elements of your car’s exterior? Did you know you can be ticketed for a brake light that doesn’t work? Have a friend help you check all the lighting on your car this includes turn signals, brakes, headlights, and parking lights.
Next look at your tire tread. Is it time for new tires? One way to know is take a Lincoln penny and put it head side down into the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. While you’re looking at your tires, check the tire pressure. Your car’s tire pressure can be found inside your driver’s door panel. Proper tire pressure gives you better gas mileage and helps them last longer.
Does your car have a gas cap? If so, give it a jiggle and try turning it backward. Does it feel secure or is it cracked? Did you know that when your gas cap doesn’t seal you risk allowing water into your engine? Replacing yours is simple and doesn’t cost much but could save you thousands in repair bills.
Inside Your Car
We hinted in part one of our blog that your car’s interior might have an air filter. It’s called a cabin air filter and helps keep the air inside your car fresh. It should be checked and replaced as necessary. Look in your owner’s manual for the location and pull yours out and inspect it.
When was the last time you vacuumed your car’s interior? Part of your regular maintenance should be vacuuming the floors and cloth seats. When you don’t, small rocks, sand and other debris can speed up the deterioration of your car’s interior. Plus when you remove decaying leaves and other things your car will smell better. If you have leather interior, use a leather cleaner at least four times a year. The heat and sun in Florida quickly dry out leather seats and using a leather cleaner and conditioner can help them stay in good condition.
Call Oldsmar Automotive for Your Maintenance Needs
We offer all maintenance services as well as repair services to all types of vehicles. If you need new tires or some of the lights on your car replaced, we can handle it for you. Although we don’t vacuum cars or clean your leather, we can replace the interior air filter. Call us today to learn about the many services we offer and schedule your appointment – (727) 784-3501.