When it comes to vehicle service, a lot of people procrastinate. The reasons? Don't want to spend the money, don't have time to get it done, it's not urgent. Sound familiar? Here are the three service items you shouldn't put off, no matter what.
- Oil Change. Oil is one of those things that just quietly does its job. You don't see it working; you don't hear it working. Heck, you don't even know it's there. Oil is the substance that keeps the metal parts in your vehicle working together and not fighting each other. It keeps things gliding smoothly and prevents wear and tear every second your engine is turned on. Don't put off changing it! Check with your NAPA AutoCare Service Advisor and your owner's manual to know how often to have it changed, either by distance you travel or time that goes by – and they’ll know the correct oil for your vehicle.
- Tire Pressure. It's so easy to neglect your tires. They "look" like they have enough air. Well, the proper amount of air in your tires is vital to your safety, every second your vehicle is moving. Have your inflation pressure checked and the tread inspected regularly. And if you own a newer vehicle, pay attention to that electronic tire pressure monitor. If it lights up, take it in right away.
- Fluids Check. Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. The big three are brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. If any of these are low, it could be a sign that there's a big problem. Running with low brake fluid could make your vehicle difficult to stop. Running with low transmission fluid could mean your gears could seize up. And running with low coolant could damage your engine from excessive heat.
Sure, all these things take a little time out of your day. But taking care of them before problems develop could save you from some far more inconvenient, expensive, or even dangerous predicaments. Don't put them off. Talk with your NAPA AutoCare Center about your maintenance schedule.
Contributed by Napa Service Assistant.