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Basic Car Maintenance

We love fixing cars but we also don’t want to see our customers waste money on repairs that could’ve been avoided with basic maintenance. And, surprisingly, many people aren’t aware of every item we would put on our list of the most basic things to check, maintenance and keep an eye on as a car owner. Whether you’re a person struggling with a check engine light in Delaware or a driver with an overheated engine in Philadelphia, we can help you with your car troubles, but we also want to help you avoid them if possible. So here are some basic things that will keep your car in good working order for longer.

Check Tire Pressure Regularly
Just because your tires look like they’re correctly inflated, doesn’t mean they are. Tire pressure should be checked weekly. It’s easy, doesn’t take longer than a few minutes, and it can make a big difference: tire pressures affect fuel economy, handling, comfort and, in the worst case scenario, even safety. Some car experts at shops like Savage Hybrid Shop in Philadelphia will provide this service for free.

Pay Attention to the Check Engine Light
Even if your car works as it always does, do not ignore the check engine light. Ever!!!! As much as it can be an inconvenience to take your car to get serviced, we promise you that the odds are high for the repair to get more and more extensive and expensive the longer you wait after first seeing the check engine light.

Change Oil Regularly
The distance recommended by the manufacturer for oil changes varies, but what does not vary is that you shouldn’t skip it. Engine oil is one of the most important aspects of keeping your engine in good condition, and if the oil gets too low or too old it can seriously damage your engine.

Clean the Brake Dust Regularly
Brake dust, along with all kinds of road dirt, will eventually bake into your car’s wheel due to the heat and moisture they face, if you don’t take care to clean the tires every now and then. A few minutes with a wet sponge is all it takes to avoid these tire concerns.

Keep an Eye on the Tread Depth of Tires
This one’s easy to do, too, as most tire manufacturers put tread wear bars into their tires. So all you have to do is check whether the bar shows your tires’ wear to be too low. If it does, it’s important to get new tires quickly as tires that are too slick can be very dangerous, particularly in challenging weather conditions.

Check All Fluids Regularly
Yes, this is different from checking oil levels regularly. Don’t get us wrong, that’s extremely important too, but the thing people tend to forget is that oil is not the only fluid you have to check. Always remember to keep an eye on brake fluid, transmission fluid, engine coolant and power steering fluid as well. Premier car shops such as Savage Hybrid Shop in Philadelphia can effectively perform these services for you.


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