Five Tips for Maintaining Your Used Car, Truck, or SUV

Whether you’ve had your vehicle for a while, or just made the wise decision to take advantage of the value offered by a pre-owned vehicle, you need to stay on top of your routine maintenance in order to enjoy driving it for as long as possible. Here are five ways you can keep your car, SUV, or pickup in top shape:

  1. Keep an eye on your tires. Check your tire pressure often, making sure to keep them inflated to the recommended PSI. You can usually find that information on the driver’s doorjamb or door post, or inside the glove box. You’ll also want to rotate your tires every 8,000 miles or so, and have the vehicle’s alignment checked once the technician has finished rotating the tires. This leads to even wear and tear on all tires, extending their life span.
  2. Change your oil. Old oil loses its ability to properly lubricate the moving parts in your engine. Check your oil level every month, along with other essential fluids, and make sure to have the oil and filter changed per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  3. Test the lights. Be sure to examine all lights on a regular basis when your car is parked, enlisting someone else’s help in testing your brake lights. If any are fading, or completely burned out, change the bulb as quickly as possible. A burned out or broken bulb is a safety hazard, and could actually lead to a ticket.
  4. Examine your air filter. If you pull out your air filter and can’t see light through it, it’s time to change it out. A clean air filter does wonders for your vehicle’s performance.
  5. Give everything under the hood a quick once-over. Just checking the electrical connections and clearing any debris under the good greatly reduces the risk of your car overheating or experiencing an electrical failure, and it doesn’t require much effort at all.

When you’re searching for a well-maintained, high-quality pre-owned vehicle you’re proud to call your own, visit Car Castle and meet with our team. We’re happy to help our Fullerton, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Irvine, and Orange CA customers find their next daily driver.

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