10 Maintenance Things Every Driver Should Know How to Do

February 13th, 2019 by

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Frequent vehicle inspections and regularly scheduled maintenance both help to keep your car running longer on  Bel Air roads. While many important routine maintenance tasks should be performed at an authorized service center, some basic car care can be done at home. Check out our top 10 automotive maintenance tips below, and be sure to consult your owner’s manual for model-specific information and the recommended automotive maintenance schedule. If you have any questions, contact the Hornburg Jaguar Los Angeles service center!

What You Need To Know

  1. Know the Manual: Your vehicle owner’s manual is one of the best resources for car maintenance and keeping track of the maintenance intervals.
  2. Inspect the Vehicle: When you stop for gas in Beverly Hills, that’s a great time to perform a quick visual inspection of your car for signs of wear and tear, leaks, flat tires, and more. That enables you to catch problems before they become serious and expensive.
  3. Check Your Tires: A tire pressure gauge allows you to easily monitor your vehicle’s tire pressure. Also, check the tire tread depth at home using a ruler (should be more than 2/32 of an inch) or a penny. Insert the penny into the tire groove with Lincoln’s head facing down–if you can see all of his face, your tires need to be replaced.
  4. Check the Engine Oil Level: Motor oil helps reduce friction and overheating in the engine. Locate the dipstick so you can check the oil levels, and note the color of the oil. A darker color indicates a change is needed.
  5. Check the Engine Coolant: Locate the coolant reservoir and make sure the coolant fluid levels are topped off.
  6. Inspect the Engine Air Filter: The engine air filter should be checked regularly to make sure there’s no dust or debris clogging the filter. If it’s clogged or dirty, be sure to replace it before the engine becomes inefficient or damaged.
  7. Use the Right Fuel: Each model has a recommended octane rating, usually including regular,  mid-grade, and premium. Be sure to use the correct gasoline or diesel fuel when at the gas station–if you opt for a lower level octane fuel this can cause a ‘knocking’ sound.
  8. Inspect Light Bulbs: You don’t want to wait until the police pull you over to find out you have a headlight or taillight out. Routinely check your lights and replace them as needed.
  9. Inspect the Windshield Wipers: Driving in bad weather conditions with ineffective windshield wipers can be dangerous. Check if your vehicle’s windshield wipers proactively using the window cleaning function.
  10. Keep Track of Maintenance: Many owner’s manuals have a running checklist in the back where you can mark down routine maintenance that’s been performed. Better yet, some vehicles even have apps that allow you to keep track of maintenance on your phone.

Rely on Hornburg Jaguar Los Angeles for Your Service Needs

If you inspect your vehicle and realize additional assistance is needed, schedule a service appointment at Hornburg Jaguar Los Angeles. Our technicians are standing by to help get you back on the Los Angeles roads in no time. If you want even more peace of mind while driving around the area, check out our Vehicle Protection Program and benefit for extra coverage. Contact us today!

 

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