Car Maintenance Checklist
Even the newest, most advanced cars need some care and attention every once in a while, including your new Chevrolet from Sour Lake Chevrolet. Here is a simple maintenance checklist to help you keep your vehicle in the best shape possible all year long.
Oil and coolant
Motor oil should be changed every 3,000-5,000 miles, but it is a good idea to check on your vehicle’s oil level more frequently. About once a month, take a look at your car’s oil to make sure it is at the proper level. While you’re under the hood, check on coolant levels, too.
Healthy tires don’t only keep you safe, they ensure optimal fuel-efficiency. So you should make a habit of routinely inspecting your vehicle’s tires for proper tread and inflation.
Wax and wash
While it might seem like a purely cosmetic concern, keeping your vehicle’s exterior clean is a great way to protect it from corrosion and other damages. This keeps your ride looking great and also protects its value should you ever decide to sell your car.
Long Term Maintenance
Transmission fluid and—in the case of four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles—transfer case fluid are important drivetrain components that need to be changed every so often to ensure the best performance. It’s possible to do so yourself, but it’s a good idea to see a trained technician for the best results.
Shocks and struts
About every 50,000 miles, you should have your vehicle’s shocks and struts inspected by a technician to assess whether any repairs are needed. Catching problems early is the best way to save money and protect your vehicle from further damages.
The serpentine belt should be inspected a couple of times a year to make sure it is free of cracks and other wear and tear. Replacing it early will save you a lot of trouble down the road.
Seasonal Car Care
Both extreme cold and heat can be extra taxing on your car battery, so you should always test it after summer and winter to ensure it is still holding a proper charge.
Windshield wipers are very important for maintaining visibility and staying safe on the road. So, be sure to inspect or replace yours before going into the rainy season.
Coolant keep your vehicle’s engine from overheating in the heat and from freezing up in the cold. Make sure to double check coolant levels especially before winter and summer.
Contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle. We’re here to help extend your vehicle’s life and make sure it’s functioning as safely and smoothly as possible.