It’s that time of year when everyone’s vowing self-improvement as they make resolutions to start out the New Year right. But what about your car? Why not kick off the 2017 with a list of all the ways you’re going to take better care of the wheels you rely on to get you around town.
Follow these four simple tips to keep your car running right!
Check the Wheels and Tires
Flat tires are no fun. They’re inconvenient, time-consuming and depending on where you have a blow out they can be downright dangerous. Make it a priority to check the tread on
your tires, examine the sidewalls for cracks and wear and watch for embedded nails or screws. Properly inflated tires are also key to performance. An overinflated tire tends to wear more along the inside of the tread and an under-inflated tire wears more along the edges of the tread. Incorrectly inflated tires can affect cornering, handling and stopping.
“Checking the air is important because tires wear faster with improper inflation,” said Florida Fine Cars service manager Chris G. “You’ll have to replace them much sooner.”
Also, if your steering wheel shakes while driving, it could mean your tires need to be balanced. Get it done or you can wear out the suspension components.
Top Off Fluids and Keep Them Clean
Lift up the hood and take a look! There are five basic fluids you need to keep tabs on to keep things running smoothly:
- Engine oil (Wipe the dipstick and re-insert for a clean read. It should register in the normal range. If not, add more!)
- Brake fluid: the fluid level should register between the “low” and “high” marks
- Coolant: This dumps into an overflow container near the radiator. If it’s below the “minimum” line fill it
- Power steering fluid: located near the firewall at the windshield’s base. If low, add more
- Windshield washer fluid: You want clean windows, don’t you? Add more if it’s low!
“Fluids are what keeps the engine alive,” the Florida Fine Cars service manager noted. “Pay attention. If any of the indicator lights go on, get it checked.”
Make It Shine
Filthy cars aren’t fun. Throw out trash, vacuum the floor and seats and clean the windows thoroughly, inside and out. And if you really mean business, get out the wax, roll up your
sleeves and make it shine. As a car ages, the surface gets hazier. Wax will help bring that new car shine back.
“The interior is really the main focus of your car,” noted Florida Fine Cars’ service manager. Clean up spills and stains quickly so they don’t become permanent. And if you have leather seats, condition them with a quality product every six months to keep the leather supple and extend its life.
Get It Serviced
Preventative care is always best and getting your vehicle serviced is good common sense. Having professionals check out your car on a regular basis can save you money on big repairs that started out as small problems but morphed into monsters because they went unnoticed.
“If you see a ‘check engine’ light go on, get it checked!” Chris advised. “It could be something serious or it could escalate into something serious.”
Brake squeaks are also something to never ignore.
“If you keep driving on worn brakes, you can damage the brake rotors if the brake pads wear down. You could save hundreds of dollars if you get the problem fixed in time,” he added.
Taking care of your vehicle properly will extend its life and making driving in 2017 a dream! Florida Fine Cars operates a AAA Approved Repair Center and a Certified Goodyear Service Center which handles everything from oil changes to 4-wheel alignments and brake services. Stop by today and be impressed!
Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami.
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