While the current state of affairs has slowed travel somewhat, there are still millions of Americans on the road. The airline industry has seen a hit, but the old-fashioned road trip is still happening for many. AAA believes car transportation to be the favored mode for 2020. So, do you have any trips on the horizon? If so, you will want to ensure your vehicle is in top shape for the road ahead. Cassels Garage is your one-stop-shop for car maintenance and auto repair in Melbourne, Florida. We have served Brevard and beyond for over 50 years, and we know just what your vehicle needs to get you where you want to go.
Travel is a way of life for most of us. Whether it is a cross country road trip or a quick getaway, you need your car to perform at its best. Therefore, every car owner should know about the routine maintenance needs of their vehicle. Today we are going to focus on three short-term maintenance tasks anyone can do.
Three Short-Term Routine Maintenance Tasks
Here is what you need to know: DO THEM! It is easy to try and push an oil change or signal check, but if you happen to go too far, you can get stuck. So, make sure you stay on top of these tasks:
Like the filter in your home, your car’s air filter helps clean the air in your car, keeping your engine running smoothly. According to Testing Autos, you will want to replace your air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. If you drive on sandy or rocky roads and blast your turbocharged engine, you may need to switch your filter out sooner.
A filter check occurs during your scheduled oil change, but it always pays to check it out yourself on a routine basis. Not only will you prevent a car disaster, but your engine will also run more efficiently, and you may experience improved fuel economy.
The health of your tires is essential for the function of your vehicle and your safety. Before heading out on a road trip, check your tires. It is also a good idea to track the pressure and the tread at least once a month.
If the pressure is too low, the tread makes too much contact with the road, prematurely aging your tires. If the pressure is too high, less of the surface of the tire reaches the road, which can lead to bouncing and loss of traction.
Tread is a vital component to tire health. When the tires on your vehicle begin to lose tread, they become more likely to lose pressure, become prone to punctures, and lost traction.
The thing about the exterior lights on your vehicle (turn signals, brake lights, parking lights, and headlights) is you generally do not notice an issue until it is too late… and dark. It is incredibly frustrating to get pulled over because of a busted blinker or a dim headlight.
We suggest that you check all of your vehicle’s exterior lights monthly. You do not want to get caught in the dark!
Contact Cassels Garage
Car ownership is a beautiful thing, and here at Cassels Garage, we want to see you safe on the road. Regular maintenance is a necessary responsibility for every vehicle owner. Contact our office today, and let’s get you back on the road!