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Greensboro Auto Tips: Winter Maintenance

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:07am -- owner

You know the drill—every three months, bring in your vehicle for an oil change and we’ll check the other systems in your vehicle to make sure it’s running smoothly. But what about the time in between?

We’ve put together this list of quick ways you can maintain your vehicle in between preventive maintenance visits in just minutes a day.

Monday Morning: Tire Pressure

Proper tire pressure means you’ll get better gas mileage AND you’ll grip the road better. Consult the owner’s manual for specified tire pressure and buy a pressure gauge (they’ll cost you around $3-$4). Before leaving for the day, check all 4 tires to ensure they have correct pressure. If any are low, all it takes is a quick stop at a gas station air pump in Greensboro to fill up your tires.

Tuesday Morning: Wiper Blades

When you turn on your wiper blades, do they leave streaks across your windshield? Do they shake and stammer when you reach high speeds? Then it’s probably time to switch them out. Perform a visual inspection of your blades by pulling the arm away and checking out the condition of the material. If you find dings or dents in the material, it’s a good idea to stop by an auto repair shop in Greensboro to get a new pair. They’re inexpensive, and your morning commute will be that much clearer!

Wednesday Morning: Check your Oil

Engine oil is referred to as the lifeblood of your car, and with good reason too. It lubricates the hundreds of shifting metal pieces in your engine that makes your car go. Low oil levels might mean irreversible damage that could cost you thousands! For Wednesday morning, look for the dipstick marked “OIL” under your hood and pull it out. It will tell you at what level your oil is at and what is too much/too little. If you’re low, stop by a car repair shop in Greensboro right away—every mile means more damage to your vehicle!

Thursday Morning: Check Headlights, Taillights

Before leaving, turn the key in your car so the lights turn on but your engine doesn’t. Quickly stroll around your car and look for burnt headlights, both high beam and low beam. Turn on your blinkers and make sure those are in working condition as well. If you happen to have a passenger with you, make them help out with checking the brakes.

Friday: Take Out the Trash

This one’s easy. A buildup of trash can appear out of nowhere, so before heading to work take a plastic bag out and fill it with all the trash that’s accumulated in the cabin. A clean car not only looks better—it feels better, too!

Should you have other issues or concerns with your vehicle, don’t hesitate to stop by or give us a call!