Winter Maintenance

Posted October 16, 2012

For the best results for your vehicle, we recommend going to an “auto repair shop in Corpus Christi to have maintenance performed on your vehicle every 3 months, there’s lots of easy, minor maintenance items you can you can take care of yourself in between visits.

We’ve broken this short checklist that allows you to inspect something minor on your car every morning before leave for work, home, school, or anywhere else. So while you’re enjoying your morning coffee or perhaps right before you take off for work, look at these items:

Monday Morning: Tire Pressure

When your tires have correct tire pressure, you’ll have better fuel economy AND your tires will be able to hold to the road that much better. Consult your owner’s manual for what your pressure should be and purchase a tire pressure gauge (they’ll cost you around $3-$4). Before leaving, check all 4 tires to ensure they have proper air. If any of them are low, stop by a gas station air pump to fill up your tires.

Tuesday Morning: Wiper Blades

When you activate your wiper blades, do they leave streaks across your windshield? Do they shake and stammer when you reach high speeds? Then your wipers have most likely reached the end of their time with your vehicle. Perform a quick visual inspection of your blades by pulling the arm away and looking at the condition of the material. If there are dings or dents in it, then you should go to a local auto repair shop in Corpus Christi to get a new pair. They’re inexpensive, and your morning commute will be that much clearer!

Wednesday Morning: Check your Oil

Your engine oil lubricates the many moving metal pieces in your engine that allow your car to get going. Low oil levels could mean irreversible damage that could cost you thousands! On Wednesday morning, pop the hood look for the dipstick marked “OIL” under your hood and pull it out. It will tell you what level your oil is at and what is too much/too little. If you don’t have enough, stop by an auto repair shop in Corpus Christi right away—every mile means more damage to your vehicle’s engine!

Thursday Morning: Check Headlights, Taillights

Before leaving, turn the key in your car so the lights turn on but your engine doesn’t. Take a walk around your vehicle and look for headlights that are out, both high beam and low beam. Flip your blinkers and make sure they are in working condition as well. Having lights out isn’t only dangerous—it’s illegal, too!

Friday: Take Out the Trash

This one’s simple. A ton of trash can appear out of nowhere, so before heading out for the day 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 an auto repair shop in Corpus Christi like Dub’s Garage to have it looked at by an ASE-Certified technician today!

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