Car ownership is as much about being a responsible driver as it is about being a responsible mechanic. If you don’t know much about cars and what goes on under the hood, that’s totally okay, but there are some basics everyone should know about.
Change Oil Regularly
Oil degrades over time—even if you’re not using the vehicle—and can become a real hazard to your engine if you don’t change it. Change your oil at the recommended service interval or every six months, whichever comes first.
Check Tire Pressures
Tire pressure is constantly fluctuating with outside temperatures. Low pressures lead to reduced fuel economy, increased tire wear, and higher risk of total tire failure. We recommend checking tire pressures at least four times a year, once for every season.
Protect Your Car from Nature
Nature is not kind to cars. Bird droppings and other contaminants harm the paint. The sun’s ultraviolet rays wear out the exterior bodywork and the interior materials, especially the seats and dashboard. Preserve the quality of your car by washing it regularly and storing it out of the sun whenever possible.
Be One with Your Car
No one knows your car like you do. No one knows the way it sounds, smells, and feels like you do. You might be surprised at how much information you can pick up just by paying attention to how your car behaves and being on the lookout for changes. Or, you know, at least check the dashboard for indicators lighting up.
Once it’s time to change your oil or replace those tires, come see us at Everett Nissan in Boone, NC. We are happy to help you service your vehicle to keep it in the best condition!