How to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

Whether your car is fresh from the dealership or has been in your family for years, regular service and maintenance are necessary. Maintaining your vehicle today can save you hundreds in car expenses in the future. Regular service appointments can also extend the life of your car by keeping it in pristine shape. Below are a few helpful tips to extend the life of your vehicle and boost performance: 

Stay on Top of Car Washes.
Keeping your vehicle clean is one of the most straightforward maintenance tasks you can do to keep your car in good shape. A quick roll through the car wash removes any road salt, sludge, and dirt on your vehicle. Don’t forget about the interior; dirty carpets and stained seats can drastically decrease the resale value. Lastly, make sure you get a car wax. Wax has ingredients that help protect the paint. 

Check the fluids regularly. 
Manufacturers will have recommended levels for all essential fluids in the owner’s manual. Ensuring that your fluids are at an optimum level can significantly enhance performance. This makes it necessary to regularly check your oil, brake, steering fluid, and coolant. 

Check the tires.
Tires can impact how well your car handles. At your next gas station stop, check to make sure all of your tires are properly inflated. Tires that are inflated to the proper PSI are safer and provide better fuel economy. Unless your tires are brand new, you should also regularly check the tire tread. As tires pick up miles, they’ll eventually need to be replaced. 

Change the air filters.
Most drivers tend to carry on driving for several months without changing the air filter. After a time, the air filter will become blocked and dirty, leading to poor performance and decreased fuel economy. Depending on driving conditions, the air filter should be changed at least one time a year. 

 Fix all windshield chips.
It’s easy to see a small chip on your windshield and ignore it. A small windshield chip can quickly spread into a long crack along the screen. The moment you notice a small chip, get it fixed right away.  

Automotive Service at Bay Area Tire & Service 
If it’s time for a scheduled maintenance service, do not hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment. Bay Area Tire & Service services Severna Park, Glen Burnie, Eldersburg, Westminster, Cambridge, and Pasadena, MD.