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6 Essential Car Maintenance Checks

6 Essential Car Maintenance Checks

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You wouldn't wear the same pair of shoes for a year without expecting some wear and tear, right? Just like those shoes, your car needs regular maintenance to run smoothly. This checklist ensures that your vehicle remains in the best condition and guarantees safety for every drive.

Replace your windshield wipers every six months

Just like the rest of the components, windshield wipers can get old. If yours are leaving streaks or making noises, it's probably time for a change. And if you live somewhere with wild weather, you might need new ones even more often. For a lasting solution, consider TRICO Silicone Ceramic™ or TRICO Titan®. These blades last three times longer than regular ones. Whatever your needs, TRICO offers a broad range of quality wiper blades that are built to withstand even the harshest conditions. Better still, they're a breeze to install and remove. Just go to TRICO and enter the make, model and year of your car to find recommended wiper blades.

Check the windshield washer fluids

Windshield washer fluid is essential for eliminating grime, debris, and corrosive road salts, giving you a clear view. In cold regions, a washer fluid with antifreeze properties is vital to avoid freezing and maintain optimal performance. Periodically check to ensure the reservoir remains adequately filled, and select a fluid tailored to your specific driving conditions and climate.

Regularly inspect your car filters

Your car uses several filters to ensure everything is running smoothly. A reliable oil filter extends the life of your engine, while the air filter ensures your engine breathes clean air. And don't forget about the cabin filter, which makes sure the air you breathe inside is pollutant-free, especially vital for those long drives or daily commutes. Every car owner should check and change these filters regularly. It is quite easy to change the filters and this maintenance task can save you from more expensive repairs down the road.

Check oil and coolant levels

Engine oil and coolant are crucial for your car's optimal performance. Checking the oil level regularly ensures the engine runs smoothly and avoids wear. Clear amber oil shows it's in good condition, but if it's dark, consider changing it. Likewise, have the coolant level between the "min" and "max" lines. Doing these monthly checks safeguards your engine's longevity.

Have your tires in good shape

Tires are your vehicle's sole contact with the road, making their condition critical for safety, fuel efficiency, and overall performance. Regularly inspect them for signs of wear, uneven tread patterns, or damage. Additionally, check tire pressure monthly to ensure they're inflated to the manufacturer's recommended PSI. Rotating your tires and ensuring proper alignment can also prolong their lifespan and promote even wear, guaranteeing optimal traction.

Don’t forget about the brakes

Brakes are vital for vehicle safety. Regularly inspect brake pads for wear; a thickness of less than 1/4 inch requires a replacement. Listen for squealing or grinding noises when braking, as these are signs of worn-out pads or rotors. Periodically check the brake fluid in the reservoir; if it's below the "min" mark or appears dark and murky, it's time for a change.

Regular maintenance extends the life of your vehicle and ensures peak performance. By following this checklist, you ensure a smooth ride and peace of mind with every journey.