Many car owners love their car, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how to show it. At Collision King, we believe Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give your car the TLC it needs to run at its best. We’ve laid out some tips that will help your car feel the love:
1. Check Your Windshield Wipers and Headlights
Windshield wipers eliminate dirt, rainwater, and any other visibility-obstructing debris. If the wipers are old or not working properly, they will be unable to remove debris or dirt, leaving streaks on the windshield that can make it difficult to see. To avoid this safety hazard, ensure your windshield wipers are free of any cracks or tears.
Headlights are also vital to the overall safety of the car. If they are dirty or dim, visibility is reduced and the chances of being involved in a collision are increased. Always check to see if your headlights are well-illuminated before driving to keep yourself safe.
2. Schedule a Tune-Up
Tune-ups can help improve the overall performance of your car and extend its life. They act as a preventative undertaking, which helps to identify problems before they require costly repairs. Additionally, a well-tuned car reduces fuel waste and significantly reduces the chance of an unexpected breakdown. Pamper your car with a tune-up this Valentine’s Day to keep it performing at its best.
3. Check Tire Pressure
If your tire pressure level is off, it can be hard to handle your vehicle on the road. Over-inflated tires make for a bumpier ride and leave you susceptible to losing traction. On the other hand, under-inflated tires increase friction, which can result in blow-outs and tread separation. Check the tire pressure every month and match it to the level recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
4. Change the Oil
Oil changes are a vital part of showing your car some TLC and extending its life. Regular oil changes keep important components of your vehicle lubricated and running properly. Under normal driving conditions, you should aim for an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles. However, when driving conditions are more severe, you may need oil changes more often.
5. Have the Alignment Checked
If you’re noticing uneven tire wear, or if your car does not hold steady on the road, it may be time to show your car some love with a wheel alignment. While a wheel alignment is generally recommended after every tire and oil change, the heavy construction on the Houston, Texas, roads may mean that an alignment is needed more frequently. Having your wheels aligned is an easy way to increase fuel efficiency, tire lifespan, and vehicle safety.
These maintenance tips are the perfect way to show your car some TLC and extend its life. To get your car running at its best this Valentine’s Day, give Collision King a call at (713) 686-5677. We’re your one-stop-shop for automotive services in Houston, Texas.