If you are a new car owner, it can be a bit tough to figure out what you are supposed to do with your vehicle. Naturally, there is some information in your owners manual as well as what you can find on the internet, but realistically you are on your own. That is where we have come in. We know our cars and trucks that we tow, and no matter the make or model, here are 5 tips on how to ensure your car will be reliable.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but your tires need to be kept in shape. Last year alone, over 11,000 tow-away accidents happened in the United States due to tire failure. First, you will need to check your air pressure. Use a pressure gauge and check them at least once a month, and match the number in your vehicle’s manual, which should have a recommendation. Secondly, rotate your tires. You should be rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to ensure even wear. Finally, check your alignment. Poor alignment can result in uneven tread wear, or even worse a serious accident.
2. Check your oil and all of your fluids
As a general rule, you should be checking your oil at least once a month, and changing as directed in your owner’s manual. As well, while you check your oil, ensure that you are checking your power-steering, automatic transmission, wiper and brake fluids. These are not requiring change as much as oil, but if you notice a drop in your levels, you will need to have that checked out.
3. Replace Windshield Wipers
We have all been there, a wiper stops working in the middle of a storm. No matter if it is the middle of winter or the middle of summer, wipers need to be replaced periodically. Changing out a wiper is super simple, and generally, it is a quick and affordable fix that might save you in time of need.
4. Check your air filter
Air filters are one of those that things that we generally forget to do. Take your air filter out, and hold it against a strong light. If there is no light that comes through, it is time to replace your filter.
5. Test the lights
The only thing that will help you see better at night is a working light. You will need to check your lights at least every couple of months. While parked, test your headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals and running lights. If a bulb is out, you will need to either replace the light yourself or if something else has gone, we strongly suggest heading to a mechanic as it might be a fuse.
We here at Abingdon Tow Truck know that when you have a problem, the worst news is when it was easily fixed. No matter if you are an owner, or simply leasing, proper car maintenance is an essential part of making sure your car lasts. If you do happen to run into car problems, make sure to call the team at Abingdon Tow Truck, and see why we are the first call for all things towing.