It is important that you look over your car once a week. This helps you notice when anything is out of place or not quite the way it should be. The sooner you notice problems, the sooner you can get them fixed, and the less damage that problem can do. Here are some of the most important things to keep an eye on. Most of them will only take you a few minutes each week, allowing you to keep your vehicle well maintained in very little time.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Some people are able to quickly and easily read a tire gauge, while others need the digital version. Either way, checking each of your tires should only take a minute each. Nearly 9 out of 10 cars on the road is driving with the wrong pressure. This can make your vehicle more difficult to control, and leave you facing lower gas mileage. If you aren’t sure what pressure to have your tires at, ask the friendly people at Oakley Napa when you get your next set of tires. They can show you how to check it, and what number to keep the pressure at.
Know Your Oil Pressure and Change Schedule
Your engine requires a specific level of oil to run properly. You should check your oil weekly. This should only take 1-2 minutes if your oil isn’t getting lost. If you regularly need to add a bit of oil, it means one of two things. Either your engine is burning some oil during combustion, or you have a leak. If you are adding a lot of oil, you may want to have a mechanic look to see what is going on. Make sure you are also changing your oil at the right intervals. Some vehicles need their oil changed every 3 months/3,000 miles, while others can go longer, including up to 5-10,000 miles. Make sure you consistently get your oil changed when necessary, including a new oil filter, to keep your engine running smoothly.
Check All Your Lights
Once a week, you should walk around your vehicle to check that all of your exterior lights are working. If you need someone else to push on the brake, then ask for help from a friend. This entire process should only take you about five minutes. Just make sure every exterior light is working properly. Then, look around the interior. If you notice any lights that are not working, get a new bulb right away. You can get these, and plenty of other auto parts, at Oakley Napa, too.
Don’t Forget Your Windshield Wipers
If you have ever driven with poor or broken windshield wipers, you know how rough seeing and driving safely can be. Taking the time once a week to inspect your wipers is the best way to make sure they will work properly when you need them to. Lift each wiper and slide your fingers along the edge that touches your window. If you feel any cracks or nicks, it is likely time to replace them. This should take about a minute per wiper, and even if you have to replace them, that only adds a few minutes to your day.
For more help finding the right Florence auto parts to maintain your vehicle, talk to the people at Oakley Napa. They are trained to help you find the right parts for the right need. Come in, tell them what it is you are looking for, and let them help you find it. Then, you can be sure you have the perfect item to be on your way!
OakleyNAPA is an independently operated dealer of NAPA, heavy duty and small engine equipment, parts and supplies. In addition to NAPA’s standard automotive parts, we have much to offer agricultural, heavy duty and industrial customers. We carry products from independent companies, like Trux Accessories‘ lighting and chrome parts for trucks, PAI Industries’catalog and Mahindra tractor parts. OakleyNAPA also carries Gates hoses and Martin Senour paint, making us a one-stop shop for your needs.
We have several trained mechanics on staff to work on any problems you may encounter, from warranty issues to routine maintenance, and carry parts for most yard equipment, including tillers, mowers and chainsaws.
We serve the following Lauderdale County, AL communities, but not limited to:
- St. Florian
- Zip City