Automotive maintenance is a key ingredient of keeping your car running well, and to remind drivers, the Car Care Council designated April as National Car Care Month. So, if you haven't had a tune-up in a while or you're due for an oil change, now is the time to take your car to a trusted mechanic like the experts at New Jersey Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center. There are also a few things you can do at home to keep your vehicle in check and spot any issues early to avoid costly repairs down the line.
Keep Fluids In Check
Every couple of weeks, you should pop the hood (while the engine is cool) and check all the fluids – oil, transmission, brake, antifreeze, power steering and even windshield washer fluid. If you notice any levels are low, add more and check back in a few days. A noticeable drop could indicate a leak in the system.
Check Your Tires
Having the correct air pressure in your tires is key to staying safe on the road and maintaining a good fuel economy. Too little air will reduce your car's fuel efficiency, but too much air can increase the risk of a blow-out or a crash. Keep a pressure gauge in your glove compartment to check the tires once every week or so.
Listen Up For Unusual Sounds
Most cars will "speak up" when they're experiencing issues. Noises, such as grinding, squeaking, whining and pinging can indicate serious issues, so it's a good idea to turn the radio off every now and then and listen to your car. Any sounds that seem out of place are worth investigating.
Whether you think something's wrong or you're ready to get your car a tune-up, you can bring it over to the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can help you address any issues your car might have.