Regular maintenance is one of the most important things you can do as a car owner. As resilient as modern vehicles are, they’re still mechanical at heart—and all moving parts will eventually wear down. This is especially important when you’re entrusting your life to the integrity of your car. Older vehicles are even more prone to mechanical stresses and aren’t as easy to diagnose as more recent models. If you’re any kind of car enthusiast, it’s imperative that you know what to do to avoid costly repairs and damage down the line. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Read on for our list!
Check your tires and tire pressure
We like to do this task once a week, but if you aren’t driving as much as we do (around 1,000 miles a month) you might be able to afford to postpone it to a biweekly errand. However, there’s really no downside to doing it weekly, as it only takes a couple of minutes to do! Some vehicles even have tire pressure monitoring systems preinstalled, making this even easier. Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you exactly what tire pressure you need.
Get your tires rotated and check your alignment
The balance if your tires is one of the most important things for your car’s handling and fuel efficiency, both of which will heavily affect your day-to-day usage of your vehicle. Getting your tires rotated and balanced and your alignment checked is critical every couple of months. We like to do it twice a year, so if you can’t remember the last time you had it done then now’s the time. Your manual will tell you any particulars you’ll need to know and communicate to your mechanic.
Check your coolant
Summer’s around the corner, so your car will be even more vulnerable to heat than ever before. If you run low on coolant then the heat from your engine can’t be dumped out into the outside air and you’ll have an overheating car. We like to do this once a month, keeping an eye on rapidly dropping levels—the hoses that carry the coolant can get damaged easily as they transport high-pressure fluid. Your manual will tell you where and what to look for, and the appropriate level of coolant for your vehicle.
Get new spark plugs
You may have noticed trouble starting your car or experienced engine misfires during the winter and passed it off as the cold having an adverse effect on your engine. But now that warmer weather’s come around, it’s still happening. It could be a simple case of old or malfunctioning spark plugs—this is an easy fix, and neglecting this is the cause of many headaches. Older types of spark plugs need to be replaced roughly every 30,000 miles, but newer models can reach up to 100,000 miles. Once again, your owner’s manual if your best friend. It’s not all that difficult to replace your spark plugs and your manual will have a diagram for how to do it.
All of these tasks can be done at home, but there are some issues that slip through the cracks. If you aren’t confident in your mechanical skills or simply don’t have the time to do all the maintenance, we at King Brothers are more than ready to help you out and get your vehicle in tip top condition. If you’re hearing any strange sounds or knocking, lack of acceleration, or even weird smells from your air conditioning—basically any kind of odd behavior from your car—you don’t have to call the Ghostbusters, you just have to call us. Our highly-skilled auto mechanics will be more than happy to give your car a full run-through. Give us a call at 313-534-8090 (Redford) or 734-744-8557 (Livonia), or feel free to request for a quote here.