If you take good care of your vehicle, your vehicle will return the favor. Maintaining your vehicle the right way will play a huge role in how long it lasts and how many miles you can squeeze out of your automotive investment.
With new car prices well into five-figure territory, it has never been more important for drivers to take a proactive approach to the vehicles they drive. It does not matter if you just purchased your car or bought it a decade ago – there are things you can do to make it last longer, so you can get a better return on the money you spend.
The Importance of Oil Changes
The next time you get behind the wheel, take a minute to look for the little sticker on the inside of your windshield. Compare the mileage on that sticker to what you see on the odometer, then schedule your next oil change.
Changing the oil regularly is the number one thing you can do to extend the life of your engine, and waiting even a little longer than recommended can be harmful to your vehicle and its engine. Over time, the oil coursing through the engine starts to lose its lubricating qualities, and the filter gets clogged up with dirt and debris. By changing the oil and filter at the recommended intervals, you maintain the lubrication and filtration that is so essential to long engine life.
You Have a Lot Riding on Your Tires
The tires are literally where your vehicle meets the road, and it is hard to overstate their importance. If the tread on your tire is worn, you will not have the stopping power you need in an emergency situation, and a sudden swerve could cause you to lose control.
Worn tires can also cause you to hydroplane in wet conditions, putting your safety and the safety of your passengers at risk. With so much riding on your tires, you have many reasons to check out those humble pieces of rubber.
Tire Rotation for a Safer Ride
If you cannot remember the last time you bought tires, it is time to check the tread. If the tread is worn, you need to go tire shopping. But even if your tires are relatively new, you need to maintain them properly to maintain optimum driving safety.
Rotating your tires at the recommended intervals is the best way to ensure even tread wear, so your vehicle will track straight and stop like it should. Tire rotation can also extend the life of your tires, saving you money in the long run.
Taking care of your car does not have to be hard. Once you know what needs to be done, you can simply call J &R Auto and schedule your next service. We know you have a lot riding on your tires, and we are always here to help.