5 good habits for easy automobile maintenance

To keep your car in good working condition for many years to come, it’s important to have it serviced regularly. Here are five types of automotive maintenance services that should become a habit.

Oil changes

To keep the engine running optimally, it’s recommended to have the oil changed every 6,000 kilometers. Why? Because doing so prevents the particles in the used oil from sticking to the walls of the engine and diminishing its performance.

But for your oil change to be truly effective, it’s important to change the oil filter, as well. This will protect your engine from the grime, metal filings and sludge that can accumulate there.

Tire changes and brake inspections

In Quebec, there are two important dates every vehicle owner must remember: December 1 and March 25. That’s right! These are the days when you have to change your tires.

Whether you change your tires yourself or take your vehicle to a garage to have them changed, it’s the perfect opportunity to inspect your brakes.

Your brakes must always be in good condition in order for your vehicle to slow down or stop effectively under any conditions. If your brakes are too worn, your mechanic will let you know about the problem and can easily fix it by replacing the pads.

Tire rotation

Once the tires have been taken off and your brakes have been inspected and replaced (if necessary), your winter or summer tires will be put on, according to the season. If you think just putting on the first tire we can get our hands on is good enough, you better think again!

In order to prolong the life of your tires and improve their performance, you need to have what’s called a tire rotation. This consists of switching the rear tires to the front and the front tires to the rear. The result is more even wear on the tire tread, which translates into better traction on the road.

Rustproofing

Rust can ravage your vehicle and dramatically diminish its useful life. To prevent rust and keep your automobile well-maintained, consider having a rustproofing treatment done at least once a year.

Cleaning

One simple, effective action that will help keep your automobile in good condition is to wash it. Pollution, dirt, mud, sand and road salt can be terrible for your vehicle. When you notice that your car’s dirty, wash it! Take the time to scrub it well and remove any little rust stains, if possible. Would you like to invest a bit more? Then, why not wax it, too!

It’s easy to get into good habits when it comes to automobile maintenance. You don’t have the time or the proper equipment to do it all yourself? No problem! That’s what we’re here for! At Trans-Mico Automotive, our certified mechanics are ready to respond to your needs and see to it that your vehicle functions properly. Whether you need repairs or regular maintenance, schedule an appointment today!