At Hughes Automotive, we specialize in automotive repair and we know how important basic maintenance is when it comes to keeping your car on the road and keeping your car from bankrupting you with major repairs. Basic maintenance that prevents bigger problems is relatively inexpensive and can be easily done by qualified technicians, like ours at Hughes Automotive. Here are some of the regular, preventive maintenance tasks you must have done and why it’s important not to skip them:
Don’t Skip Scheduled Service
If your car is new and under warranty, you’ll need to stick with the manufacturer’s schedule for maintenance services. Not only will this keep you car covered by the warranty, it will also ensure that your car stays on the road for as long as possible. Scheduled maintenance usually involves (at least) changing the oil, rotating the tires, checking the spark plugs, plug wires and timing belt and checking all fluid levels. As the mileage on your car goes up, you may find that scheduled maintenance includes more extensive service; but you should continue to make sure you follow the manufacturer’s schedule to save yourself from having to deal with even bigger headaches and expenses when systems completely break down.
Have Your Air Filter Replaced
When you take your car to your mechanic for a checkup, make sure he or she checks your air filter. Clogged air filters can result in reduced fuel economy, a misfiring engine and reduced horsepower.
Get Regular Oil Changes
If your car isn’t new and under warranty, ask your mechanic about the right oil change intervals for your car. Whether it’s every 3,000 miles or every 10,000 miles, make sure that you change your car’s oil on time even if it seems to be running perfectly. Over time, engine oil can lose its viscosity and stop lubricating moving parts, which can ultimately result in an engine that simply stops working.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Have your mechanic check your tire pressure as often as possible. It’s also a good idea to invest in an inexpensive tire gauge so that you can check your tire pressure yourself, including the spare, to make sure your tires aren’t over- or under-inflated. Properly-inflated tires improve fuel efficiency and cut down on tire wear and tear.
Wash Your Car
It’s a good idea not to neglect the outside of your vehicle. Washing it regularly – which is something you can do yourself – is a great way to maintain its new-car finish. Dirt, chemicals and bird droppings can strip away wax and, eventually, paint, leaving your car vulnerable to moisture. Moisture will eventually lead to rust that will spread, weaken your car’s body and expose vital parts that could become damaged.
If it’s time for basic maintenance for your car, call us at Hughes Automotive Repair in Tyler, TX at (903) 730-6788 to make an appointment for service. You can also visit www.hughesauto.biz to find out more about our other vehicle services.
Automotive Repair Tyler TX
Auto Repair Tyler Tx
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Tyler, Texas 75701