When it comes to the successful ownership of your own vehicle, there are a lot of ins-and-outs, particularly in terms of your vehicle’s standard, ongoing maintenance. Check out these easy-to-follow tips for standard vehicle maintenance, and keep your car in tip-top shape!
Yes, we know your owner’s manual doesn’t exactly constitute thrilling literature and, no, we don’t expect you to read every last line — but at the very least familiarizing yourself with your owner’s manual is a smart idea. Inside, you’ll find your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule, including pointers for frequency of oil changes, when to look at your brakes, etc. Remember, knowledge is power!
Taking the time and money to follow through on a few small preventative maintenance steps can save you boat-loads of time, stress, and money in the long run. Here are a few things you can do yourself:
• Learn to check your fluids and keep an eye on all fluid levels.
• Inspect your timing belts and get the replaced as much as is necessary.
• Check and change oil regularly.
• Check and clean your battery.
• Replace your cabin air filter.
• Replace front and rear (if applicable) wiper blades to decrease chances of streaks and scratches.
• Keep an eye on your tires and don’t delay in getting them replaced if the tread is worn.
• Balance and rotate tires to increase their longevity.
• Don’t forget to change your spark plugs.
A vehicle is a beautifully complex machine. If you don’t feel confident administering your own repairs and general maintenance, our experienced service technicians at Gilroy Toyota are here to help. Whether it’s simply checking your tires or performing a full fluid flush-and-replace, our helping hands are just a phone call away. Schedule your regular maintenance online or over the phone today.
*EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.
**EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.