Car Maintenance Tips—Tires, Oil, Brake, and Other Areas to Inspect

Regular maintenance will help keep your vehicle looking good and in perfect working order. It is an obligation you should assume as soon as you own a car, simply because it is the only way to keep the vehicle safe for driving. You surely don’t want your passengers and yourself to figure in an accident due to a faulty brake or sudden engine failure. A well-maintained car will perform better on the road than one that has never been checked or tuned up.


Apart from preserving your car’s safety and performance, regular maintenance can also help improve your car’s emission. Most vehicles emit harmful fumes, such as carbon dioxide, and automotive fluids into the air and water. During maintenance, you can determine whether or not your car’s emission is still within the safe range, eventually helping to save the environment. It is an even more practical approach since you can avoid costly and repetitive repair in the long run.

The following are the major areas that need to be carefully inspected when maintaining a car:

If you’re maintaining a Chevy, you’ll see a popup message on your screen saying “Change Engine Oil Soon” as soon as you reach or exceed 600 miles. Do not ignore this message because it can save or prolong your car’s life. Check the oil for impurities; these are most likely produced by the wear and tear that’s been going on in your engine since you started hitting the road. If the oil is already too thick and cloudy, it’s a sign that it’s due for changing. If you’re not sure what to look for and what to do next, let a professional technician inspect it for you. Not only will they assist you with changing the oil, but they will also help you reset the Engine Oil Life System.

The last thing you need is a vehicle that won’t start when you need it the most. Especially if you’re far away from the nearest town or service center, you don’t want your car to just die on you in the middle of nowhere. To avoid such a frustrating and dangerous situation, check your car’s battery during maintenance for possible causes of issues. Make sure that the starter and its cable, alternator, and other essential components of the battery are all properly set up before your next journey. Also, get rid of accessories that are not properly grounded and make it a point to start the engine more often to avoid unusual parasitic drains down the road.

One of the most popular causes of road traffic collision is brake failure. When you lose control of your car’s speed, you and your passengers can be in great danger. During maintenance, make sure that the braking system is free from any potential problems. The brake pads must be intact, the rotors’ thickness is above minimum, and all other components are working fine. Keep in mind that the brake components are designed as a complete system so a single component not working can cause a major problem.

Because each tire of your vehicle performs a different task, they are expected to wear at different rates. To even out the wear on all tires, make sure to have them rotated every 7,500 miles. Check the tire’s pressure as well. Make sure that they are inflated properly to let them have optimum tread contact with the road. If the tires are already worn out, consider replacing them right away. If you’re not sure when the best time to replace is, ask a technician.

There are other areas of your vehicle that you need to thoroughly check during maintenance. If you own a Chevrolet, though, it is best to take your vehicle to a certified GM and Chevy dealership, such as McLoughlin Chevrolet. Since they specialize in the kind of vehicle you have, you can expect them to have all the tools and facilities your vehicle needs to have a well-performed maintenance. 

About Mcloughlin Chevrolet Automotive Service: 
As a GM certified automotive service center, Mcloughlin Chevy is Oregon’s go-to resource for the best automotive car services, new or used vehicles, auto parts, and comprehensive information about the latest Chevy car models. Whether you want to purchase a new or pre-owned unit or simply want to experience our world-class auto repair and maintenance approach, you are welcome to stop by and check us out.


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