Holland Auto Repair Tips: Winter Checklist

Posted December 14, 2013

While it’s recommended you visit an Auto Repair shop in Holland every few months for a preventive maintenance check, there’s lots you can do to manage your vehicle to make sure it’s in good shape.

We’ve broken down a checklist that allows you to inspect something minor every morning on your car to make sure your ride is ready to go. So while you’re enjoying your coffee or perhaps right before you take off for work, check these items:

Monday Morning: Tire Pressure

When your tires have correct tire pressure, you’ll get better gas mileage AND your res will be able to grip the road better. Check your owner’s manual for what your tire pressure should be at and buy a tire pressure gauge (this’ll set you back $3-$4). Before taking off, make sure all 4 tires have proper pressure!

Tuesday Morning: Wiper Blades

Do a quick test of your wiper blades. Do they smear more than they clear? Then it’s probably time to get a new pair. A good, new pair of wiper blades won’t set you back too much, just about $20 or so.  And the result? A safer, clearer commute all winter.

Wednesday Morning: Check Oil

Engine oil is considered to be the lifeblood of your car, and for good reason too. This fluid lubricates the many moving metal pieces in your engine that allow it to pull out of the driveway. When the oil level’s low, it could lead to irreversible damage in your engine that could mean thousands in repairs! This Wednesday morning, pop the hood of your vehicle and look for the dipstick marked OIL and pull it out. This will let you know what sort of level your oil is at. If you’re low, stop by an Auto Repair shop in Holland immediately—ever mile means more damage to your engine!

Thursday Morning: Check Headlights, Taillights

Before taking off, twist the key in the ignition so that the lights turn on but your engine doesn’t. Then, check the blinkers, brake lights and headlights to make sure they’re in tip-top shape. If any aren’t working or a bulb has gone out, stop by an auto repair shop right away to have it inspected. It’s not only dangerous to drive around with busted lights—it’s illegal, too!

Friday: Take Out the Trash

We saved the easiest for last. A trash buildup can appear out of nowhere, so before heading out Friday morning take an extra 5 minutes to take out the trash in your vehicle. A clean vehicle not only looks better—it feels better, too!

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your vehicle, we hope you’ll stop by and ask one of our ASE-Certified technicians for advice!

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