Happy New Year! We at the Parrish Law Firm believe the new year is the best time to handle your car maintenance so it doesn’t fall off your radar. After all, it’s important to take care of something that gives us so much: transportation! Preventative maintenance can go a long way in keeping your car safe and reliable on the road. To make it easier for you, we have put together a checklist of items to consider as you prepare your car for the new year:
- Change the oil: The oil in your car helps to keep the engine lubricated and running smoothly. It’s important to change the oil regularly to maintain its effectiveness. The frequency at which you need to change the oil depends on your car’s make and model, as well as your driving habits. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific recommendations.
- Replace the air filter: The air filter in your car helps to keep debris out of the engine. Over time, the filter can become clogged with dirt and other contaminants, which can impact the engine’s performance. It’s a good idea to replace the air filter every year or so to keep your car running efficiently.
- Check the tires: Your tires are an important part of your car’s overall performance and safety. Make sure they are properly inflated and have enough tread left to provide good traction, especially if you expect inclement weather in the coming months. If you notice any cracks or bulges in the tires, or if the tread is worn down to the point where you can see the wear bars, it’s definitely time to replace them.
- Check the brakes: The brakes are a crucial safety feature on your car, so it’s important to make sure they are in good working order. If you notice any unusual noises or vibrations when you brake, or if the pedal feels spongy or unresponsive, it’s important to have them checked by a mechanic immediately.
- Check the fluid levels: Make sure to check the levels of all the fluids in your car, including the engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. These fluids play important roles in the proper functioning of your car, so you will need to be mindful to keep them at the proper levels.
- Check the belts and hoses: The belts and hoses in your car play vital roles in the functioning of various systems, such as the cooling system, power steering, and the alternator. Make sure to check these for any signs of wear or damage, and replace them if necessary.
- Check the battery: The battery is the key to your car’s electrical system, and it’s in your best interest to make sure it is in good working order. Check the battery for any signs of corrosion or damage, and make sure the terminals are clean and secure. If the battery is more than 3+ years old, it may be time to replace it.
By following the Parrish Law Firm’s new year car maintenance checklist, you can help ensure that your car is in good working order and ready to hit the road in 2023 and beyond! Regular maintenance often helps to prolong the life of your car and prevent costly repairs down the road. So, take the time to care for your car and it will take care of you. Happy driving!