It’s almost summer time and for many of us that means Sunday drives, vacations and road trips! It is important to take care of some routine maintenance in order to keep your car on the road and safe to drive this season. And as an auto service and repair shop serving Valley Place, we see a lot of cars in need of expensive repairs. Here are a few of the most common ways to prevent them and keep your summer rolling along.
Regular Oil Changes
One of the best and most basic ways to avoid auto service and repair is to make sure you get regular oil changes. Most cars need an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the make, model and year. Consult your owner’s manual if you are not sure how often you should get yours changed. Regular oil changes mean your car’s engine is getting the right quality and amount of oil to continue to run smoothly.
Bring your car into a trustworthy auto service and repair shop like ours to ensure it’s done right. While you’re here we will also perform an overall check of your vehicle for things like fluid levels and tire pressure.
Check Your Gas Cap
A gas cap that is broken or even just cracked can cause your car to get fewer miles to the gallon and that can mean you are spending more money on gas for your car than you should be. A new gas cap shouldn’t cost a lot, but it could save you a bundle on gas in the long run. So before you and your family roll out of the driveway, bring your car to us for full auto service and repair and we can fix issues like these.
Check your tires and tire pressure on a regular basis and particularly before embarking on a road trip. Not only is this a safety issue, but improperly inflated tires could also affect your gas mileage. Just check your car’s manual and find out how many pounds per square inch of air each tire should have.
If your spark plugs are not functioning as they should be, they can reduce your gas mileage by up to 20%. And, spark plugs that are broken or in need of repair can even cause damage to your catalytic converter which is another expensive replacement job. You generally need new spark plugs every 30,000 to 40,000 miles but, again, you should check your car’s owner’s manual to see when they should be replaced.
So, before you venture on your next summer road trip, take your car to the experts. Ready to learn more about auto service and repair in Valley Place? Call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.