No one wants to experience a break up during Valentine’s Day – especially not with your car. Those who are experiencing problems with their car may worry that they need to purchase a new car to avoid issues, but this is not always the case. Regular maintenance can help address issues with your current car and extend its life, eliminating the need to purchase a new one. At Santa Ana Auto Care, we are committed to helping your car run safely and efficiently, so we’ve laid out some tips to follow to extend the life of your car and avoid a Valentine’s Day break up.
- Change Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid is needed to lubricate your vehicle's transmission components for optimum performance. Keep up with the transmission fluid changes is important to keeping your car performing at its best for as long as possible. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, you should change the transmission fluid after the first 5,000 miles, and every 25,000 miles thereafter. For manual transmission vehicles, the fluid needs to be changed after the first 5,000 miles, then every 50,000 miles afterwards. Unless your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends otherwise, use gear lube or synthetic motor oil as they help prolong the life of your transmission system.
Check the Hoses
A hose blockage or damage can cause significant damage to your vehicle if left unchecked. Aim to check the hoses at least once a month. To do this, turn off the vehicle, let it cool, and gently squeeze the hoses. If you notice a crunching sound or the hoses feel soft and sticky or hard to the touch, it could indicate a problem.
Clean Your Engine
Over time, your vehicle's engine may accumulate grime from the road that can cause rusting and lead to engine damage. Cleaning your engine not only prevents rust, but it can also help you spot any leaks or other problems that may occur. Additionally, a clean engine runs cooler, which reduces the risk of the engine overheating. To clean your engine, use a designated engine cleaning product or a bristle brush and liquid dish soap. Before you start cleaning, always make sure to protect sensitive engine parts by covering them with a plastic bag.
- Change the Oil Regularly
Regularly changing the vehicle's oil will help flush out any dirt and metal that may have accumulated in the engine, which is vital to prevent engine damage and prolong the life of your vehicle. Check the owner’s manual to see just how often you should change the oil in your car.
- Check Your Brake Pads
Properly working breaks can be the difference between avoiding a collision and being involved in one. Regularly check your brake pads to ensure they are not worn out. In general, brake pads need replacement after every 20,000 miles, but the exact interval depends on the vehicle type and how frequently the brakes are called to action. For example, driving in the stop-and-go Houston traffic may mean you need to change your brake pads more often. If you notice your brakes aren’t performing at their best, bring your car to Santa Ana Auto Care for a professional brake repair service.
You don’t have to go through a nasty break up with your car this Valentine’s Day. Simply follow these easy maintenance tips to extend the life of your vehicle and keep it running smoothly. For all of your car’s maintenance needs, give Santa Ana Auto Care a call at 713-956-1145. We are a leading name for automotive services in the Houston, Texas area.