Back to School Car Maintenance
Summer is slowly coming to an end, and whether you’re driving your kids to school, sending off your child to college, or carpooling with your neighbors; you want to make sure that your vehicle is ready to drive with no issues!
Check Engine Light
If your vehicle has a Check Engine Light, be sure to get that taken care of ASAP! There are thousands of Check Engine Light codes that can be dangerous while driving. To discover which Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) that your vehicle is returning and to learn more information about how to diagnose, repair, and learn about your vehicle, check out FIXD.
Once you’ve taken care of your Check Engine Light, be sure to check your tire pressure and wear on the tread. A common way to test the tread on your tires is to do the penny test. Download our FIXD app on the App Store or Google Play Store to learn more about how to implement this test!
There are many different fluids in your vehicle to make sure that it is operating at optimal efficiency. Be sure to check: Oil, A/C, Power Steering Fluid, Brake Fluid and Coolant Fluids.
As the lifetime of your car increases, the brakes begin to wear. Be sure to check your brake pads, rotors, and drums. If your car has brake fluid be sure to check that as well.
Test the power of your battery to make sure that it is sufficiently charged and ready to go whenever you need it. Batteries typically last 3-5 years so make sure you check the voltage readings if you have had it for this long or longer.
Cars’ headlights become oxidized overtime and fog up your lights. Check out this video to learn how to make them clear again with toothpaste!
As a precaution, it’s always a good thing to change your windshield wipers every 6 months to make sure that they are making the proper contact with your windshield. Squeaking, chatter, smearing, or streaking are good indications of when you need to replace your windshield wipers.
When driving your vehicle make sure that all passengers are wearing their seat belts and that all of the seat belts are working properly.