Car Maintenance New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 May Keep Your Car in Top Shape for Years to Come
At some point or another we have all made New Year’s resolutions. And as we all know, we all rarely keep up with them.
But have you ever made car maintenance New Year’s resolutions when it came to caring for your car?
Think about it, we all need our cars in order to work, shop, travel, etc. Therefore, we need our cars to be running. However, if we don’t take care of our cars and they end up not running, we can’t work, we can’t shop, we can’t travel, etc. Unless, of course, we’re paying for an expensive rental car, borrowing someone’s car or bumming rides.
We offer you five very simple New Year’s resolutions to ensure you keep your car in top shape throughout the coming year.
1 – CHECKUPS. You should resolve to schedule two checkups for your car in 2014 regardless of how well you think you know your vehicle, a well-trained (and certified) technician can always spot things ahead of time that you might miss. Taking the time to schedule a checkup twice a year may seem obsessive, but preventative maintenance at the hands of a qualified professional is cheap insurance. Stay ahead of the game when it comes to know what kind of shape your car is in.
2 – CLEANLINESS. You should resolve to keep your car clean in 2014. This is an easy and free one to do. Excess dirt and grime can act like sand paper, creating unnecessary abrasion that can wear down upholstery and carpeting. So vacuum your car on a regular basis, and wipe down the surfaces with a gentle cleaner. Keeping things tidy can keep you aware of problem spots inside, too, allowing you to get them repaired before they grow worse.
3 – TIRES & WHEELS. You should resolve to check on your car’s tires and wheels in 2014. If your tires have worn unevenly or your wheels are unbalanced, vibration can cause excess stress on suspension components. Excess stress on certain car parts can mean extra trips to the mechanic and potentially hefty bills. And this WILL eventually happen if you continue to ignore such problems. Avoid this by checking to make sure the tread on your tires are wearing evenly – and taking your car in if it’s not.
4 – PLENTY OF FLUIDS. You should resolve to keep up with your car’s fluid changes in 2014. This is VERY important. Checking your vehicle’s fluids is paramount to its longevity. While some fluids like brake fluid, clutch fluid and coolant may not require attention as often as oil, they’re just as important.
5 – MINOR PROBLEMS. You should resolve to address your car’s minor problems early. This is perhaps the easiest responsibility to overlook, but the potential consequences of doing so can be catastrophic. It’s easy to hear a strange noise in your vehicle and hope that it will go away. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. Don’t put off minor maintenance or easy repair work. Doing so can lead to larger problems and larger repair bills in the end. Bite the bullet, fix what’s wrong, and your car will last a lot longer.