Car Maintenance Do's and Don'ts

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Car maintenance can feel overwhelming. The need for it usually arises at the most inconvenient times, and you’re left scrambling to get help. How can you stay on top of your vehicle’s health and keep it running for years to come with minimal issues? Here are a few tips!

 

DON’T

 

Ignore the Signals

It can be easy to ignore the dashboard signals when there’s no immediate problem. The tire pressure light flashes, but they all seem full. The oil gauge flares up, but your vehicle still runs fine. You should be able to put it off until the weekend, right? Maybe. But why take the risk? Car troubles can snowball quickly. Before you know it, you’re emptying your pockets over an issue that could have been taken care of for much less the day before. Don’t ignore these crucial signals - get your vehicle the care it deserves immediately!

 

Attempt DIY Fixes

Unless you are a licensed auto mechanic, don’t attempt to self-diagnose or follow an online tutorial. What seems like a simple fix could stem from more serious underlying issues. A trained professional will know how to properly identify the problem and put an end to it. Don’t waste your time or potentially make things worse. The professionals here at Rick Case Hyundai in Davie are always happy to help!

 

DO

 

Learn About Your Car’s Basic Needs

Understanding your car’s basic needs increases not only your knowledge but your confidence! The more in touch you are with your car, the more in control you feel. Here are a few things you should be mindful of in order to stay on top of your vehicle’s health:

 

  • Oil. You’ve probably heard you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but it varies widely, especially due to technological advancements. Most cars these days have an electronic gauge on the dashboard that informs you when it’s time. When all else fails, you can always refer to the owner’s manual for specifics.

 

  • Tires. It’s very important to have your tires rotated and the alignment checked. Rotation helps them to wear evenly and increases their overall lifespan. Severely worn down tires can blow out unexpectedly and are costly to replace. Alignment allows your car to ride more smoothly, safely, and feel new again. Who doesn’t love that?

 

  • Filters. The engine air filter is the gatekeeper of the engine itself. It blocks out harmful debris, allows clean air to flow through and mix with the fuel, and ignites the car to life. Over time, the filter can become clogged and dirt will eventually make its way in, potentially damaging the engine. This can also lead to other dangerous problems. Never underestimate the power of a clean air filter!

 

All this helps you better communicate with your mechanic as well. We’ve all felt silly trying to explain what’s wrong with our car by imitating the strange noises it makes, just hoping the technician can figure it out. It’s like an embarrassing game of charades. When you have the proper knowledge, you can speak confidently about your vehicle!

 

Make a Service Appointment

While most service centers do accept walk-ins, it’s always best to make an appointment. Otherwise, you may end up waiting for hours, especially if it’s a busy day. The dealership understands that your time is valuable and will do all it can to provide prompt, attentive service. However, it’s only fair that they take care of those who reserved appointments first. Luckily, at Rick Case Hyundai in Davie, we don’t make you jump through hoops. You can schedule an appointment right from your phone! We service all makes and models. So book your appointment today! We can’t wait to serve you.

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