Preventative Maintenance Steps For Your Vehicle

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Your car is a big investment, and it pays to take good care of it. While there are so many moving parts under the hood, we know it can seem daunting to keep up with a maintenance schedule, but acting ahead of time can protect you from costly repairs in the future. Take a look at these preventative maintenance tips to keep your vehicle running well for miles to come.

Get Your Oil Changed

From cooling the engine to protecting all its complex mechanical components, your car’s oil is vital to safe driving. Your vehicle likely comes with a dipstick to indicate its oil level. When you draw the dipstick, you’ll see how much oil is left, and if the oil is still clean. If it’s murky or dirty, that might be a sign of an engine problem. Whenever you bring your vehicle in to a service center for an oil change, you should receive a mileage sticker or other note to keep track of when your next change should be.

Check Your Tires

Even the most durable tires will eventually wear down, so you’ll need to take a close look to see when they’re past their prime. Inspect the surface to search for bumps, bulges, or cracks, and examine the tread to make sure it hasn’t worn away. Uneven wear can indicate that your alignment is off, and our service center can easily set it straight again. You can also ask about rotating your tires to promote steady handling and even wear.

Watch the Battery

You don’t want to wait until your car struggles to start before looking under the hood. Keeping an eye on your battery allows you to catch issues when they begin, rather than letting them worsen until they affect your car’s functionality. Check your battery for fluid leaks, corrosion, and mineral accumulation, and keep a brush handy so that you can clean out buildup around the terminals. When you look for these issues, remember to wear eye protection and to never touch anything with your bare hands.

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Red McCombs Superior Hyundai

We know that there’s a lot to keep track of in your vehicle, from spark plugs to belts and batteries. That’s why we’re always here to help at Red McCombs Superior Hyundai. Feel free to bring your car to our service center whenever you want to leave it to the professionals.