No matter how new or old your car is it requires maintenance to keep it on the road and functioning properly. Here is a basic car maintenance checklist to keep your vehicle in optimal condition and avoid future problems and expenses.
- Oil & Filter
Engine oil is the lifeblood of any combustion engine and it must be changed regularly to keep the engine in good running condition. Naturally, when an engine runs it produces tiny bits of metal and carbon that ultimately end up in the oil itself. If an engine runs long enough with dirty oil it will create excessive wear and eventually the internal components will wear out and fail. In extreme cases the engine could actually seize up and stop working altogether. At Cougar Tire, we pride ourselves on providing the best quality oil and filters on the market with every oil change. We offer the best and most comprehensive oil change in the Provo, Utah area and we do it faster and better than anyone.
- Tire Pressure and Tread Depth
Tires need maintenance too. We need to keep your tires pressurized at the specified PSI for your specific tire. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking tire pressure visually on a daily or weekly basis. Purchase an inexpensive tire pressure gage and take pressure readings before every road trip, especially if you are carrying extra load, and don’t forget to check the spare. If you notice uneven wear, it may be time for an alignment service. If your tires have been on your car for a while, check the tread depth and look for whether the wear bars are even with the tread. New tires come with between 10/32″ or 11/32″ of tread depth. In some cases, truck, SUV or winter tires have even more. The important thing is that when your tires reach 2/32″ in depth, it’s time to get new tires.