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Car maintenance is a journey in and of itself. Some drivers (especially beginners) however, can get bogged down into all of the details and overthink certain minor aspects of cars and underrate other major aspects. In this article, we’ll present to you the hands-down most important car services to hopefully help you calm down! There’s nothing to fear in car maintenance! Trust us, we do it every day!
Oil Change Consistently
An engine is the heart of your vehicle and the oil is its blood. An engine will break down if there’s not enough oil or it's dirty. Use your vehicle owner’s manual to figure out how often you should change your oil, but the rule of thumb is between 3,000 and 5,000 miles for modern cars.
Replace The Worn-Down Brake Pads
Good brake pads are one of the main reasons why your vehicle can stop and not collide with others on the road. Unfortunately, brake pads wear out over time and you need to replace them regularly. A good mechanic can help you predict when the tires will wear out, but you can help them by checking the thickness of your brake pads every time you rotate your tires.
Check Your Wiper Blades
The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a huge storm and your wiper blades malfunctioning. Vision is a driver’s best friend, especially in extreme conditions. Old wiper blades can even scratch your windshield. To prevent that from happening, test your blades every month. Be ready to replace your blades up to twice a year, if you use them a lot. Thankfully, changing your wiper blades can be done at home. It’s a simple, but valuable skill.
Rotate Your Tires
Good tires are of equal importance with brakes regarding safety on the road. Low tire pressure and worn-out tires increase the chances of tire failure exponentially, and tire failure almost always signals a car crash.
To prevent any of this from happening, you should have your wheel alignment checked every year by a licensed mechanic, and rotate your tires every time you change your oil.
As we said, those are not only the most important services for your vehicle, but they are everything. There are other things you may have to consider. Luckily you don’t have to do it alone. We’d love to help out! When it comes to driving and auto repair, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Together, we can make sure you reach your destination safely, with conscious and courteous driving and routine maintenance. Schedule an appointment today for maintenance and auto repair. Tony's Brake & Alignment is located at 4800 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY, 40213. We look forward to seeing you soon.