If you’re like many people, your car is one of your biggest investments, second only to your home. You rely on your vehicle to get you where you need to go, and when it’s running well, you probably don’t give it a second thought. In order to keep your car running smoothly on the streets of Silver Spring and beyond, you should have it serviced at regular intervals. Car maintenance will help you ensure that your vehicle lasts for a long time. Do you know how often you should have your car serviced and what the mechanic does at each interval? Arming yourself with this basic knowledge can make you a more responsible car owner. Check out this infographic to see what services your car needs and when it needs them. You’ll also learn a few handy maintenance tips! Please share with your friends and family to keep everyone driving safely on the road.
Looking at your car’s tires will give you and your car mechanic a good indication of whether your car needs maintenance or repair services. To find out what the wear patterns on your tires indicate about the state of your car’s suspension, alignment, wheel balance, and tire inflation, read the following article.
If both of the edges of your car’s tires are worn it means your tires are underinflated. You can head to a gas station for more air, or go to your local car repair shop and they will fill your tires and check for proper pressure levels.
If the treads in the center of your tire are worn, it means your car’s tires are just overinflated. Go to a car repair shop to get the air let out to the recommended PSI that’s noted in your driver’s side door jamb. This will ensure optimal fuel economy, handling, safety, and tire life.
If your car’s tires have wear on one side, cups, or a bizarre wear pattern accompanied with strange noises or squealing during cornering, there’s a good chance your car needs a wheel alignment service. If your car has bald spots, it could be because your wheels are out of balance or your shocks are worn out. Go to your local repair shop to get the maintenance your car needs to save money and extend the life of your tires.
Scuffed Sidewalls or Flat Tread
These symptoms usually indicate that your tires are too old or worn out and need to be replaced. To test the tread depth of your tires, take a penny and insert it with Lincoln’s head upside down into your tire’s grooves. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, then you are in definite need of new tires.
Your car’s air filter works to prevent impurities from wearing down the engine. To find out more about the purpose of an air filter and how often to replace yours, watch this video clip.
The air filter under your car’s hood filters the air before it reaches the cylinders. If your air filter is clean, it allows a proper amount of clean air to mix with the fuel in the cylinders. If it is not clean, it will restrict the airflow to the intake manifold and cause you to lose performance and burn more fuel than is necessary. It’s a good idea to change your air filter at least every other time you go in for an oil change.