Your car should be maintained just like any other expensive item in your life. With proper upkeep and maintenance, your car will continue to run years after the initial purchase. In the end, performing your own routine check-ups on your car also helps you save tons of money. If you find an issue with your car sooner rather than later, you can get it fixed before it becomes a serious and expensive problem. Some problems require maintenance sooner rather than later, while other problems can be fixed over a period of time.
To prevent your car from burning out and save you money, we’ve compiled a list of things you should check on every month to ensure your car runs at high efficiency.
Things to check every month
If you schedule a day every month to check up on your car, you can save yourself lots of stress, unexpected repairs, and money in the long run.
1.) Air Pressure: Your tire’s air pressure is important for a safe drive near or far. By checking your car’s tire pressure, you’ll be able to identify any leaks in the tires and bring your vehicle in for servicing if you need a replacement. Your tire pressure will often change with the weather, but extremely low tire pressure can cause a flat, which can be dangerous for you on the road.
2.) Motor Noises: After you’ve checked the pressure, it would be best to drive it somewhere quiet, leave it running, and listen for any unusual noises. You should check under the hood and make sure everything looks okay to you; you don’t have to be a mechanic to notice when something is completely wrong with your car. Even something small might be noticeable to you at first.
3.) Fluid Check: Also, while the hood is up, you should check the fluid levels and for any fluid leaks. If you notice leaks, patch them up, and immediately schedule an appointment with your nearest Ford dealership. We can provide a more long term fix. There are many youtube videos out there that can help you effectively patch a leak anywhere in your vehicle.
4.) Fuel Mileage: Next, you should check your fuel mileage. It should remain consistent based on your travels and will vary slightly based on where you went. But, if you notice any sharp decreases or increases, this is cause for concern. Normally sharp drops in mileage are an indicator that something more serious is going on. Bring your vehicle in immediately for an inspection if this is the case.
5.) Maintenance Log: Finally, checking your vehicle’s maintenance log is the last step in the monthly inspection. All vehicles have a log that directs you when you need to bring your vehicle into the shop for upkeeps like an oil change. Not paying attention to the log will have your car overdue for thorough inspections from a mechanic.
Again, monthly inspections are important for you to perform. Overall, keeping up with your vehicle’s health saves you money in the long run. If you are due for an oil change or inspection, give us a call at 859-341-6603. Or bring your vehicle to our service station. We are here to help you!