How to Keep Your New Car NEW
Ahh, a brand-spankin’ new vehicle. There’s not much better than new-car-smell. But one of the best things about today’s latest cars is the infrequency of service they require.
For example, spark plugs can go for up to 100,000 miles and some transmissions won’t need to be lubed for the life of the vehicle.
Let’s take a look at what you DO need to think about to keep your new vehicle fresh.
Keep it clean
We’re starting out simple, but a weekly wash is an important step. It’s important to pay attention to the fenders and undercarriage to remove dust, dirt, and road salt.
Here’s a handy way to tell if it’s time for a fresh coat of wax: When you hose down the car for the weekly washing, check out the size of the beads of water that form. When they start to get bigger than a quarter, apply new wax.
New-car maintenance timeline
Did you know that under-inflated tires have a much shorter lifespan than those that are properly filled? Plus, you won’t get great gas mileage, either. Here’s a helpful timeline to help you keep your car care on track and keep your new car looking like it just came off the lot.
At every oil change
Most new vehicles can go as many as 7,500 miles before an oil change, though you should always follow the recommendation of your owner’s manual.
These other areas should be given a check at the same time:
- Air filter.
- Constant-velocity joint boots.
- Exhaust system.
- Clean the radiator.
- Check the battery.
Every 2-4 years
- Drain and flush the cooling system.
- Change the automatic transmission fluid.
- Replace the drive belts and hoses.
- Change the timing belts.
Follow the advice of the professionals
Your new vehicle is a source of pride. Keep it looking professional and like brand new by following these preventive maintenance guidelines.
Other than your trusty owner’s manual, your best resource is a skilled auto technician like the ones who are ready to serve you at your local Conrad’s.