Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Woman's Point of View: What Auto Maintenance Tasks Are Most Important?

by Colette Cooley, Cars for Keeps Office Manager

The most important maintenance for your car can be summed up in one word: Regular!

For those of you who are very structured in your lives, this is not a problem. For the rest of us who have to put a sticky note on our steering wheels to remind us of our next oil change, this can be a little problem! Here's a few tips for keeping your car's maintenance on track.

Most of us have a calendar that we refer to, either hanging on the wall, on our desk, or on our computers or cell phones. Pick a certain date that is usually convenient for you every three months and jot down ‘LOF’ (which stands for Lube, Oil, Filter) to remind you to check the mileage on your car. Check that with the sticker on your windshield and if they are close, gives us a call and we will take care of everything for you.

At Cars For Keeps, regular maintenance always includes the oil change, a new oil filter, topping off the fluids in your car, a visual inspection under, around and in the engine compartment, a recommendation list that is prioritized of potential problems, and checking your tires for air pressure and wear or damage. The oil in each of your vehicles should be changed every 2,000 miles for regular oil, and every 6,000 miles for cars that use synthetic oil, according to our head mechanic. We recommend that you call ahead to make an appointment so we can hold a specific amount of time to give you and your car the time and attention that you deserve. One or two days ahead of time is usually sufficient.


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