One of the reassuring qualities of new cars is that they need much less-frequent service to keep them running well. However, as we’ve said before, a little preventive maintenance definitely goes a long way! Good news is, the attention you give in maintaining a new car does not need to be extensive and expensive! So, what are these simple maintenance measures you can do?
Read the Manual
First and foremost, read and pay careful attention to your owner’s manual! Regardless of what car you just bought, you will find your regular maintenance schedule inside it. You will also find there some other valuable information like how often your manufacturer really does suggest you change your oil and your filters. You’ll even find out whether you’re putting the right gas in your vehicle or whether you’re using the right kind of oil in the first place.
The Engine Oil
Change the engine oil regularly. The recommended interval will be monthly for a vehicle in good condition, and more often if you notice an oil leak or find you need to add oil routinely. The car should be parked on level ground so you can get an accurate dipstick reading. Remember to never overfill and if you do have a leak, find and fix it as soon as possible. How often should you change your oil? Click here to find out more.
The Tire Air Pressure
Check the tire air pressure once a month and before going on road trips. Use an accurate tire-pressure gauge to check the inflation pressure in each tire, including the spare. Do this when the tires are cold, specifically, before driving the vehicle. Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer. The recommended pressure is usually found on a placard on a front doorjamb, in the glove compartment, or in the owner’s manual. We recommend using a digital tire-pressure gauge which is probably the best bet overall because they will give an accurate reading. Many pencil-type gauges are good as well. For more information about checking the tire pressure, click here.
Check Your Battery
Most batteries these days don’t require much in the way of maintenance, but you should know where it is and check it to make sure it’s not leaking and there’s no mineral or other buildup on the contacts. If there is, clean it off with a battery cleaning brush. It will set you back a couple of bucks at any auto parts or department store. B