April is National Car Care Month. As a vehicle owner, we encounter problems that can be detected early when we’re looking for them. For example, keeping an eye on the oil pressure gauge or the dashboard for the check engine light. Ignoring a warning light can lead to larger problems and costly repairs.
When car knowledge just isn’t your thing, ask questions when getting an oil change. Most dealerships, quick lube and auto reputable auto repair shops are going to check the engine compartment.
With a normal oil change, the oil filter will be replaced, the old oil will be removed and new oil will be added. Motor oil needs to be changed because it breaks down over time and causes wear and tear on the engine. Without a regular oil change, an engine will not work at peak performance.
During an oil change, most shops are going to check the fluid levels. This usually includes the coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. This of course, will depend on the age of the vehicle as power steering was not installed on older models. However, this fluid check can make you aware of small leaks or problems occurring in the systems. A reputable shop will let you know the fluid levels ands provide a heads up if there are issues.
Belts and Hoses
In addition to fluids, a regular check of belts and hoses should occur. This is a basic look through the engine compartment to identify any wear and tear. When belts and hoses show signs of cracking, it’s time to replace them before they fail. When a hose or belt does fail, often times the vehicle is disabled until a replacement can be installed.
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