New Years Resolutions for Your Car
We all come up with resolutions at the beginning of a new year, so why not do a few for your beloved car? At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we want your car to run well and perform at a high level for you year round, so here are some New Year resolutions for your vehicle.
- Schedule bi-annual checkups
Seasonal tune-ups and maintenance maximize your car or truck fuel efficiency and performance.
- Keep the interior clean!
Spilled drinks, food crumbs, and mud make a vehicle look and smell bad. Toss your trash out after every commute. Clean messes promptly before stains and odor set in. Vacuum dirt before it abrades carpet and seat fibers.
- Go for a car wash.
Do not wait for someone to scratch Clean Me in the dust on your car or truck window. Regular car care includes cleaning and protecting its finish.
- Learn to detail your car.
Automated car washes and light vacuuming are good for maintenance, but every so often your car deserves a nice, deep clean, inside and out. This is especially true if you want to protect your the resale value of your vehicle.
- Check your tire pressure.
Driving with the correct tire pressure improves the overall safety and gas mileage of your car, while extending tire life. Refer to the sticker on the inside of your driver side door, and add air as needed. Aim to check it at every other fill-up.
- Check your oil.
If you are checking tire pressure at every other fill up, what should you do the rest of the time? Check your oil and Top it up as needed so your engine is always well lubricated.
- Schedule regular oil changes.
The standard used to be complete oil change every 2,000 miles, but improved oil formulas and lower emission fuels, mean this is no longer the rule. Check your vehicle manual and schedule changes accordingly.
- Stay on top of fluids.
Staying hydrated is probably on your New Year fitness resolutions but it is crucial for your car too. Check your fluids monthly (mark it on your calendar), and stay on top of oil, coolant, brake and clutch fluids.
- Rotate your tires.
Every 5,000 to 10,000 miles is a good rule of thumb, but check your manual for a vehicle-specific recommendation.
- Heed your lights.
If you are the type who ignores the check engine light, resolve to bring your car in for service at the first sign instead.