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Back-To-School Car Maintenance

Back to School Car Maintenance

The back-to-school season can be a very busy one. There are a lot of things to do to get back in the routine of the school season. If you or your child is attending high school or off to college, it’s a great time to do regular maintenance on your vehicle to be ready for the school season. Consider these tips to be prepared and avoid major repairs during the school year.
Get started under the hood of your vehicle. To help avoid potentially expensive repair, we suggest that you open the hood to check the following:

  • Check all of your fluid levels: Engine Oil, Coolant, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, and Power Steering Fluid. Check the owner’s manual of your vehicle if you are unsure on exactly where to check these fluids and what levels the manufacturer recommends.
  • Check your Battery. Check the date on top of the battery. It is a good to check your batteries performance if it is more than two to three years old.
  • Check your tires. Check the pressure of all of your tires when they haven’t been driven on. Make sure the pressure matches the manufacturer’s suggested pressure listed on the sticker in the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. Check for uneven tire wear. Make sure your vehicle has a healthy spare tire that is inflated and that you have the tools (lug wrench, jack, lug nut key) to change a tire in case you have a flat when you aren’t home.
  • Check all of your vehicles lights. Get some help checking the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights by walking around the vehicle as you turn them on and off.

If you run into any problems or have concerns after performing any of these inspections, call or visit Professional Automotive & Tire in Greenwood, SC for help with any of these issues.