The new year is the perfect time to set new goals and resolutions! Your car is a part of your family - trusted to safely take you everywhere you go. Here are some important car maintenance resolutions to start practicing in 2023, and Craftsman Auto Care is here to help!
1. Car Maintenance Checklist
One mistake that car owners make time and time again is only going to the shop when a big issue happens! Having your vehicle inspected regularly allows our experienced technicians to fix any minor problems before they turn into severe ones. A car maintenance checklist can help you pay more attention to your vehicle and its needs, saving you time and money in the future!
2. Check Fluids and Follow a Maintenance Schedule
Professional maintenance is necessary to keep your car running properly year round! You can check your owner’s manual for a recommended maintenance schedule, or you can google it if you aren’t able to locate it. By regularly checking your car’s fluid levels and replacing if necessary, you can ward off or take preventive action for future car repairs. Replacement schedules can vary by a car’s make and model, so double check your manual and rely on the expertise of our technicians!
Motor Oil: Check monthly
Transmission Fluid: Check monthly
Coolant / Antifreeze: Check twice a year
Brake Fluid: Check every time you change your oil
Power Steering Fluid: Check monthly
Windshield Wiper Fluid: Check monthly
3. Never Ignore What Your Car is Telling You
Your car communicates its issues through the lights that illuminate on your dashboard. The symbols light up because something in your car is either activated, deactivated, malfunctioning, or needs replacing. Ignoring these warning signs can often lead to more trouble. See the meaning of the lights below, and if any are illuminated, get them looked at by one of our technicians to address the problem as soon as you notice it!
4. Schedule Regular Inspections
By coming to Craftsman Auto Care for regular inspections, our technicians can identify any minor problems before they turn into expensive ones. Preventive and scheduled maintenance is key to ensuring that your car runs smoothly and safely for every trip you take. Our digital inspections performed by our experienced technicians will help to keep your vehicle in prime conditions
5. Inspect Your Vehicle's Windshield Wipers on a Regular Basis
Your wipers are key to maintaining a clear view on the road during inclement weather, so don’t wait until it starts raining or snowing to check their condition. Inspect both front and rear wiper blades and look for any signs of damage. This could include splitting, ripping, and performance problems such as streaking or smearing. Replace your wiper blades immediately if any of these are noticed! You can consult your owner’s manual, reference guide, or one of our technicians to get the right blade for your vehicle!
6. Keep an Eye on Your Tires
There are various factors that can impact the longevity of your tires. Keep an eye on your tire pressure, alignment and tread depth. A general rule of thumb is to have your tires changed every 50,000 miles, however you should give them a good look roughly every 5,000 miles. Consult one of our experienced technicians to find the right tires for your budget and needs based on your vehicle and driving habits!
7. Find an Auto Repair Shop You Can Trust
It can sometimes be difficult to find a shop that you can always depend on, but Craftsman Auto Care is here for you and all of your vehicle’s needs! We provide honest, trustworthy services to establish a strong and long-lasting commitment to you and your car. Stop in to get a thorough digital inspection to kickstart your year and get off on the right foot to keep your car running safe and smooth all of 2023!
Schedule an appointment TODAY at any of our six locations in Alexandria, Chantilly, Fairfax, McLean, Merrifield, and Sterling/Cascades! Call a Craftsman Auto Care near you or make an appointment online to get the year rolling!