You’ve got a new car and everything is roses. But without regular maintenance your Chevrolet will end up smelling more like a lemon. Here are a few summer tips to get the most out of your vehicle for years to come.
Always Make Sure Your Auto is Well-Oiled
Keeping your Chevy Colorado, or any Chevrolet for that matter, oiled is key to ensuring that it lasts for years to come. Oil lubricates your vehicle’s engine so that it runs in tip-top shape. Neglect this part of your automobile’s upkeep will lead to lower fuel efficiency or even worse. An engine running on old oil will eventually need replacing. This is easy enough to do at home, but make sure to stay on top of it.
Rotate and Balance Tires
Want to keep your tires moving? Take care to rotate and balance them. Tires do not wear down at the same rate. By taking care to rotate and balance your tires you can ensure that they will last much longer than if they are neglected.
Take it Easy on Your Car
Driving aggressively puts stress on your vehicle, even if it’s a Chevrolet Camaro. Avoid jack-rabbit starts and stops, and taking corners at high speed. Come to think of it, avoid driving your car at any speed much above the legal limit. Take care of your automobile and it will take better care of you on the road.
Not changing spark plugs can result in your engine misfiring or having a rough idle. The interval for when they should be replaced relies on a number of factors. Installing new ones is usually an easy fix, but if you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself having your local service swap them is simple.
Check Your Brakes
Brakes are key to occupants’ safety. Although they wear out differently depending on how they are used, as a rule a vehicle racking up more time on highways is going to go through brakes less quickly than one mostly driven in stop-and-go traffic. Make sure to consult your manual for directions on how to take care of your brakes.
Top Up Fluids
Aside from oil, other important fluids that need changing less frequently include engine coolant, transmission, power-steering and brake fluid. It is not necessary to know how each works, but it’s vital to at least have a basic understanding of these fluids. Check your owner’s manual and make sure to stay on top of required service.