The Eight Things You Need to Know about Auto Maintenance
Whether you’re an experienced driver or relatively new, anyone who gets behind the wheel should know what’s happening under the hood and elsewhere on their vehicle. To help answer some of the most common questions about cars, here are some facts that everyone on the road should know to avoid car trouble and make sure you understand what problems you can avoid with a little knowledge.
- Why is it important to change the oil?
Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Oil provides lubrication to keep pistons pumping, to prevent the engine from overheating, and to make sure everything stays clean. That’s why it’s important to always maintain proper fuel levels and to schedule regular oil changes. If you don’t adhere to these auto basics, you could experience a variety of car troubles, including engine overheating, reduced fuel efficiency (plus the cost that goes with it), failing auto parts, and potential engine failure. Save yourself the cost and time by adhering to a schedule for regular oil changes.
- How often should I take in my car for an oil change?
Most technicians recommend every six months or 5,000-7,500 miles, but older cars may need more frequent changes. Stop by one of HEART Certified Auto Care’s locations conveniently located in Northbrook, Evanston or Wilmette for a quick oil change.
- How often should I change my wiper blades?
Wiper blades are essential to keep your view clear of rain, snow, bugs, and other debris that could obstruct your windshield. A good rule of thumb is to replace your wiper blades every six to twelve months, depending on how often they are being used. Also, check your wiper fluid every three months or so, because the fluid is essential to clear things that can obstruct your vision through your windshield.
- Is your spare tire ready for an emergency?
A spare tire is essential for safe driving. Be sure you know where your spare tire is. Most often it is in the trunk, but some are tucked along the interior, or tacked on the back. Once you locate your tire, test it every few months to make sure it has enough air. Having a flat tire is never a good experience, but a flat tire with no spare can be a disaster. Also, make sure you have a jack, and that you know how to use it, just in case you have to change the tire by yourself.
- How often should I have the fluids checked in my car?
Your vehicle needs several fluids to operate correctly: coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. All of these fluids’ levels should be checked at least seasonally, refilling when needed. Fluids checks are part of HEART Certified Auto Care’s routine inspection. Our mechanics will test the fluids to see if they need to be changed, too.
- How often should I change my car’s air filter?
Changing an air filter may not seem that important, but it’s extremely important to maintaining an efficient and clean running engine and for keeping your oil clean. While filter change frequency is different for each type of car, most experts agree that car filters should be changed at least every 30,000 miles. That said, if you drive in dusty conditions, such as unpaved roads or the desert, it’s best to check your filter more regularly.
- Where can I find a good mechanic?
HEART Certified Auto Care’s mechanics are ASE certified, and we have over 500 five star ratings. We have three convenient locations in Evanston, Northbrook, or Wilmette, Illinois.
- How often should I take my car in for maintenance?
Your car should be checked by an ASE certified mechanic every six months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you experience any sort of irregularity with your car, though, bring it in at the first sign of any trouble. Leaving car problems unattended may result in expenses that could have been easily prevented with a faster response when you first noticed the issue.
If you’re in Illinois, visit HEART in Northbrook, Evanston, or Wilmette to experience our exclusive 33 point inspection!