10 Automotive Maintenance Tips Every Driver Should Know

Staying in line with your automotive maintenance schedule can seem overwhelming at first. However, Auffenberg CDJR is here to guide you through every stage of your vehicle ownership so you can travel with total confidence. You can always rely on our service staff for expert care and insightful tips. While we’re always happy to handle your service needs, there are a number of maintenance tasks that drivers should be able to handle on their own. Today, we’ll go over our top automotive maintenance tips to help you better care for your vehicle in your own Belleville garage.

What You Need To Know

  1. Know the Manual: Your owner’s manual is the ultimate source of truth when it comes to staying on task with your automotive maintenance schedule.
  2. Inspect the Vehicle: Once you familiarize yourself with your manual, you’ll be better equipped to perform quick inspections. Soon you’ll have the skills to notice flat tires, leaks, and other potential hazards.
  3. Check Your Tires: Since your tires are your only point of contact with the Smithton streets, keeping them in strong shape is critical. You’ll want to invest in a high-quality tire gauge to keep tabs on the status of your ties. You can use the gauge to ensure that your tires are properly inflated, and a penny to check the tread. Place a penny inside your tire tread upside down. If you can completely see Lincoln’s head, your tires need to be replaced.
  4. Check the Engine Oil Level: Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle since it prevents your engine from overheating and prevents excessive wear inside the engine. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to find your dipstick and check your oil levels. Keep an eye on the color of the oil too – a dark color indicates a need for a change.
  5. Check the Engine Coolant: Your owner’s manual will come in handy here as well since you’ll need to find the location of your coolant reservoir. After that, you’ll want to make sure the coolant levels are adequate.
  6. Inspect the Engine Air Filter: Your engine air filter should be inspected regularly to ensure that there’s no debris clogging the filter. If you notice a clog, make sure to replace the filter.
  7. Use the Right Fuel: Pay close attention to the fuel requirements of your vehicle and the pump you select while filling up to ensure they match!
  8. Inspect Light Bulbs: Visibility is key on every drive. Make sure all of your bulbs are working properly for better safety.
  9. Inspect the Windshield Wipers: Driving in bad weather is stressful when your windshield wipers aren’t in great shape. If your wipers are worn out, it can be hazardous to drive through the rain. Make sure you know the proper type of wiper blades your vehicle needs and how to replace them.
  10. Keep Track of Maintenance: Make a list of the service tasks performed on your vehicle and make sure to date them. This will make it easier to keep up with the routine needs of your vehicle!

Learn More Automotive Maintenance Tips in O'Fallon

Now that you’re well-versed in taking on car care in your own East St. Louis driveway, you’ll be able to keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. If you notice that your vehicle needs some TLC, you can book an appointment with us at your convenience. We offer rotating service coupons to ensure that keeping up with your automotive maintenance schedule is affordable. If you have any lingering questions about servicing your vehicle, contact our maintenance team today!

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