If you are planning a road trip, don’t overlook getting your car ready too. Here are some simple “self maintenance” tips (thanks to our friends at Tirerack.com) you can do to keep you car in great condition.
Tire Tread Coin Test
Check the tread on your tires with this simple test:
Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is always covered by the tread, you have more than 6/32″ of tread depth remaining.
According to most states’ laws, tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. So keep an eye on your tires and make sure you have them rotated.
Check your fluids: brake, coolant and transmission to make sure they are at the right level and there is no discoloration. Fluids break down and evaporate over time. Keeping these fluids at proper levels and fresh will keep your car running with optimal performance.
Check your oil every other time you fill up. Did you know your car may be using too much oil? That overuse will not necessarily be indicated on your instrumental panel. Most of those indicators do not monitor levels, just the timing of your oil life. The best bet is to just take a look for yourself. If you would like we’d be happy to show you how… just stop by the service department.
These 3 simple steps are things you can do at home and will help you avoid unnecessary expenses and keep your vehicle in great running condition. Hope you have a great summer!