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Top 5 Must-Have Maintenance Tasks To Put On Your New Year Checklist!

Top 5 Must-Have Maintenance Tasks To Put On Your New Year Checklist! | Quality Tune Up Car Care Center

As the New Year approaches, it's not just resolutions that should be on your mind. For car enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike, this is the perfect time to rev up your engine for a year of smooth rides by putting together a comprehensive maintenance checklist. To ensure your vehicle's longevity and performance, here's a curated list of must-have tasks that should make their way into your New Year car care routine.

1. Fluid Check and Change

Just like the human body needs water to function optimally, your car relies on various fluids for smooth operation. Check your engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant levels regularly. Old or low fluids can lead to inefficient performance and even damage to crucial components. Make it a New Year's resolution to schedule timely fluid changes and keep your vehicle running smoothly.

2. Tire Care

Your tires are the unsung heroes of the road, taking on miles of wear and tear. Begin the year by giving them the attention they deserve. Inspect the tire tread for signs of uneven wear and check the tire pressure. Properly inflated tires not only improve fuel efficiency but also enhance safety and handling. Don't forget the spare tire – it's your backup, so ensure it's ready for action.

3. Battery Health Check

Few things can be more frustrating than a car that won't start. Ensure your vehicle's battery is in top-notch condition by checking for corrosion on the terminals and ensuring a secure connection. If your battery is more than three years old, it might be time for a replacement. Starting the year with a fresh battery can save you from unexpected breakdowns.

4. Brake Inspection

Your brakes are your vehicle's lifeline when it comes to safety. Don't wait for that unsettling squeak or grinding sound – proactively inspect your brakes regularly. Check the brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid levels. If you notice any signs of wear or reduced braking performance, it's time for a visit to the mechanic.

5. Lights and Wipers

Visibility is key to safe driving. Ensure all your lights, including headlights, brake lights, and turn signals, are in working order. Replace any burnt-out bulbs promptly. Additionally, don't overlook the importance of windshield wipers. Winter weather can be harsh on wiper blades, so make sure they are effective in keeping your windshield clear during rain or snow.

A Few Questions You Might Have

Q1: How often should I check and change my car's fluids?
A1: Engine oil monthly, other fluids every six months. Refer to your manual.

Q2: Can I perform tire maintenance at home?
A2: Yes, check the pressure and wear at home. Rotate and balance tires professionally.

Q3: How do I know if my car battery needs replacing?
A3: Slow cranking, warning light, or no start. Test if over three years old.

Q4: What are the signs my brakes need inspection?
A4: Squeaking, grinding, soft pedal, or vibrations. Prompt inspection needed.

Q5: How often should I replace windshield wipers?
A5: Annually or sooner if streaking or reduced visibility occurs.

Q6: Is following the manufacturer's maintenance schedule necessary?
A6: Yes, it is vital for vehicle longevity and optimal performance. Skipping leads to costly repairs.

Trust us, when it comes to maintenance and keeping vehicles running all year round, Quality Tune Up Car Care Center comes second to none! Schedule an appointment by giving us a call and we will see you in the shop!

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