Here we are just more than a week before the holiday season gets underway. If your holiday plans include trips out of town or just lots of trips around town, you should make sure to take care of any car maintenance. Not only can proper maintenance keep your car running efficiently, but it also keeps you safe and helps you reach your destination on time. Here are a few things you shouldn’t overlook.
Although you may not need new tires, when was the last time yours were checked? Proper air pressure contributes to a smooth ride and better gas mileage. Rotating them about every 7,500 miles helps them last longer and keeps you safer on the road.
Few components that require regular maintenance keep you safer than your brakes. It’s also one that people tend to overlook in their car maintenance. They assume that if they’re not hearing any squealing or grinding when they stop that their brakes are just fine. However, other signs that your brakes need attention include a steering wheel shaking when you apply the brakes and when your brakes begin to feel different when you depress the pedal.
Fluid Levels and Color
Because you don’t often need to replace your vehicle fluids, you may not think much about them or the car maintenance they require. We recommend that you check all fluid levels prior to setting out on a road trip of any duration. You should also know what color they should be and what may indicate it’s time for a system flush. Of course, you can also consult your vehicle manual for your specific vehicle’s recommendations.
Lights & Wipers
It only takes a moment to walk around your car and make sure all your lights are working. They keep you safe on the road and you can be ticketed for a brake, headlight or turn signal that isn’t operational, which could ruin your road trip. Replace your wipers if they’re cracked or don’t clear your windows well. You want to see clearly in all weather conditions, day or night.
Need Car Maintenance or New Tires? Call Oldsmar Automotive
We offer vehicle maintenance, repair and new tires. Call (727) 784-3501 or come by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar for your car maintenance, whether it’s before a road trip or just a regular maintenance need. Of course, we can handle repairs, check your fluids, rotate your tires or provide you with a competitive price for your new tires. We want to help you have a safe and happy holiday season!
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