Nobody likes reaching into their pocket to pay the mechanic. But, taking timely care of your vehicle can make these visits less burdensome on your wallet and ultimately increase your safety on the road.
Staying on top of vehicle maintenance won’t necessarily prevent accidents, but it can ensure that your vehicle is performing how it should when you need it to! Here are some general maintenance steps to put on your checklist to ensure you are cruising for years to come.
Motor engine oil acts as a sort of lubricant for all the many moving parts of your vehicle’s engine, which helps to avoid any damage and keep all the parts running smoothly. Depending on the type of oil used, you may need to get your oil changed every 3,000 to every 7,000 miles driven.
In general, synthetic oil lasts longer than regular or other synthetic blends and is considered cleaner and more efficient. This typically means you can get more mileage on your car before you need to get your oil changed. Of course, not all vehicles work the same way, so it’s important to check with your specific vehicle owner’s manual to ensure that you are using the recommended oil.
There are several other fluids that your vehicle runs on and needs, including:
- Engine coolant
- Steering fluid
- Brake fluid
- Transmission fluid
While many of these are easy to refill yourself when they are low, some may require you to flush or drain the fluids. If there’s a leak, you will want to get a mechanic to look at and fix it.
Your car’s battery is one of the most important components of the vehicle and is integral to how it performs. This part supplies an electrical current for the engine to start and powers up other electronics within your car.
If your battery starts whizzing or is slow to turn on, it could be a sign that you need to replace your battery soon. Remember that extreme temperatures can put extra stress on the battery, so you’ll want to ensure that you take extra care during certain seasons.
It’s important to make a habit of checking your tires to ensure that they are well maintained. Every month, check the pressure in your tires and the tread are where they need to be, especially when you know that the weather is going to be a little rough or you will be traveling a long distance.
A tire pressure gauge will be needed to check the pressure, and your owner’s manual can tell you exactly how much air pressure your tires need. Additionally, note that air pressure drops during cold weather. Remember your spare, too!
Windshield wipers can take a real beating, especially in brutal Colorado winters. Old or worn-out wipers can limit visibility for drivers and increase the risk of an accident. For drivers who use their windshield wipers often, these components should be replaced about once a year.
That’s it! With just a few essential visits to the mechanic, your car is ready to go in even harsh Colorado winter weather. At Larson Larimer Schneider, we recognize that accidents can happen to even the most prepared drivers. If you or a loved one is injured due to another person’s negligence, our team is ready to stand in your corner and fight for your recovery.
Contact our Denver car accident attorneys at (303) 622-5858 to get started with a no-fee, no-obligation consultation.