According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, 2,600 deaths a year occur from neglected vehicle maintenance. Especially since the winter was so harsh for millions of Americans, it is the perfect time to add taking care of your car to your spring-cleaning list.
A few tips:
- Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedule.
- Check your tires. Driving on worn tires or tires with no tread is very dangerous. Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow. For information on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here. If your tires are worn or have low tread level, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, quality used tires with good treads – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.
- Check your tire pressure – cold weather can reduce tire pressure, and it’s safer to drive on tires that are properly inflated.
- Test and replace old or weak batteries, plugs and wires.
- Inspect belts and hoses for any type of tears or cracks.
- Make sure your breaks are functioning properly.
- Replenish engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid as needed.
- Check to see if windshield wipers need to be replaced.
- Change out engine air, a/c and other filters as necessary.
- Inspect all lights and bulbs – inside and out; replace any that have burned out.
- Clean the interior and exterior.