Have you ever been driving down the road and noticed something in your car felt a little off? Or maybe you’ve been stopped at a stoplight and heard your car struggling to run? These are all common occurrences. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a full-fledged mechanic to know when your car may be in need of some maintenance. In this article, we’ll go over 4 service tips on how you can keep your car in good shape year-round with routine maintenance.
Regular and hybrid vehicles alike need regular oil changes. Regular oil changes are good for keeping your car’s gas mileage in top shape. They also keep your engine running efficiently. Clean oil keeps your engine parts from wearing down, ensuring less breakage and a better working engine. In addition to this, oil changes can be inexpensive and fairly quick. Some taking as little as 15 minutes.
Hybrid vehicles rely on well-maintained batteries. Hybrid vehicles can’t run without a hybrid battery, so it is crucial the battery is checked and replaced on time. Never ignore any battery warning lights that may flash up on your vehicle, and always take your car to a certified mechanic or dealership to replace your battery.
While it may depend on how often you drive your vehicle and what type of roads you typically frequent, getting your brakes checked is crucial to the safety of your vehicle. Hybrid vehicles can typically last longer between brake checks. This is due to the regenerative braking system in the vehicle. Electric motors slow down hybrid cars, allowing the brakes to take a break. Regenerative braking means brakes do not need to work as hard. However, checking and replacing your brakes should still be at the forefront of your vehicle’s hybrid maintenance and repair list.
One often overlooked maintenance item is tire advice maintenance. Maintaining your tires is critical and keeping them balanced and rotated maintains the life of the tire. It’s a good idea to check the tire pressure once a month and to do so first thing in the morning. Regardless of if you drive a hybrid vehicle or not, maintaining proper tire pressure is not only good for your safety but will save you money in the long run as well. Remember: check your tire pressure, measure your tread depth, and rotate regularly.
A bonus tip on steering and suspension. One main thing you want when driving your vehicle is to feel comfortable and safe. Keeping your steering and suspension well-maintained is one crucial component that helps with that. These systems relate to each other and keep your car firmly on the road and make steering easier. Bad suspension causes wear and tear elsewhere within a vehicle. Without proper suspension and steering, you may end up with unbalanced tires and unhealthy wear and tear on your brakes. By keeping your steering and suspension systems well-maintained, you will ensure a safe and smooth ride for miles to come.
Keeping up on your car maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your vehicle safety. Hopefully, these service tips can help. At Christian’s Automotive, we’re dedicated to providing the best possible service for your electric and hybrid vehicles. When it comes to your personal transportation, reliability and quality are of utmost importance. We understand that and are happy to provide the service you need. Feel free to call us or request an appointment here today. We’ll get your car up and running in no time.