Top 10 Car Care Tips
If you are the kind of person that falls into the “drive ‘em until they drop category” when it comes to cars, we’ve got information you definitely need to know. There isn’t any magic solution to having a vehicle that runs well into the 100K club – it essentially all comes down to keeping up with proper maintenance. It’s also important to note that who performs the maintenance is almost as important as what gets done to the vehicle itself.
Take Care Of Your Car & It Will Take Care Of You
The industry experts at KBB.com have put together a “top ten list” of car care tips you need to know if you’re looking to maximize the miles on your car, truck, van, or SUV. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to joining the 100K club and above on your current vehicle.
Tip#1: Regular Oil Checkups & Changes
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that this is first on the list. Your engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and no single step will help keep that engine running at peak performance more than regular and timely oil changes.
Tip#2: Cooling System Flushes
At least once a year, the cooling system should be flushed and the coolant changed. According to KBB.com, “A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system.”
Tip#3: Change Out Transmission & Differential Oils
This is a little known, but important aspect of top-level maintenance. These fluids need to be changed according to service intervals with the proper transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended viscosity.
Tip#4: Clean The Undercarriage
Most people know to keep the visible parts of the vehicle clean, but maintaining the undercarriage where winter road salt and road grime can accumulate is also important.
As KBB.com succinctly puts it, “everything with moving parts needs grease to survive.” A high-quality maintenance center like Safford Kia of Salisbury will ensure this is done with every recommended service visit.
Tip#6: Wax On
Want to keep the exterior paint on your car looking its best? Apply a quality coat of wax to the outside of the vehicle at least every six months.
Tip#7: Maintain Your Driveline
Driveline components like u-joints also need regular lubrication. Don’t know what that is or what it entails? Don’t worry. The service experts at Safford Kia of Salisbury do.
Tip#8: Made in The Shade
Protect the interior surfaces of your vehicle by parking in the shade, using a window deflector screen, and applying UV protectant to exposed surfaces.
Tip#9: Give The Wheel Bearings Some TLC
Let Safford Kia of Salisbury’s service department inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals.
Tip#10: Brake Fluid Maintenance
Brake fluid can attract copious amounts of moisture, and moisture causes components to corrode and fail. Your brake fluid should be replaced and the system “bled” once a year.
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Let Safford Kia of Salisbury Tackle Your Top Ten List
Our service experts at Safford Kia of Salisbury can handle all of these maintenance items plus any other major service on your car truck, van, or SUV. Best of all, we offer money-saving discounts on practically every service item we perform. That means you are not only providing your car with the best possible care, but also saving money in the process!